Plymouth Road Runner SUPERBIRD Concept

Artist Michael Leonhard first tipped us off to his design sketches of the Plymouth Road Runner Concept back in June.  He has now kicked his drawings up a notch with these renderings, dubbed the Road Runner Superbird Concept.

In Leonhard's mind, he sees his version of the Superbird as a late 60's NASCAR killer.  With a HEMI engine (of course), the artist wanted to create an American style sports car that has muscle and reduced drag.

"[It has] a sleek nose cone that slips into air like a knife through butter; incorporating a spoiler below the centered grille opening," writes Leonhard.  He also integrated an exhaust system into the rocker panel.  The ideally aluminum two-panel rear spoiler is massive, and would create "enormous downforce," he says.

Keeping with the NASCAR look, Leonhard added the Richard Petty-inspired artwork.  If built, the Plymouth Road Runner Superbird Concept would ride on 19-inch white magnesium rims up front, and 21-inchers at back.

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If I had the money, I'd buy one!!!
Oct 21, 2009 7:36 am
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Retro. Fail.
Oct 9, 2009 5:01 pm
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@joshg 5 i still dont know why the challenger and the camaro aren't bigger hits... they are some of the best and better looking american cars out there, they actually seem to have some quality in them... some of the few along with the ford fiesta, focus and corvette
Oct 9, 2009 4:16 am
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Just out of curiosity which ford focus where you talking about, the european version aka international or the one made for the american/canadian market
Oct 9, 2009 8:09 am
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i guess the european version... i still dont get why ford doesn't sell its best car in its country, the RS... let me guess, cause it does 20 miles/gl oh no what a crime, that's why they're broke
Oct 10, 2009 3:58 am
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The Superbird is my favourite muscle car. I like this.
Oct 9, 2009 1:08 am
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now draw some eyes on the windshield and you have the characters for the next CARS movie
Oct 9, 2009 12:47 am
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nice car
Oct 8, 2009 11:26 pm
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It doesn't matter what the sketch looks like. This car will never make it into production. There is no Plymouth car company. The name plate hasn't been around for years and Fiat will not bring it back. This car wasn't designed by a car company just an independent artist that wants to make a name for himself. By the way, American Car Haters, how many of you have been here and driven something besides a rental car? When was the last time any of you drove a Camaro or Charger/Challenger? Just because you live in a small country (forgive me Australians) doesn't mean you need to have a small mind or small cars.
Oct 8, 2009 11:22 pm
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Oh god please tell me this will never make it to the showroom from in concept form. Now wonder american car companies are dropping like flies, when they design and waste money, time and resources in developing a car thats not even pleasing to the eye. They lucky the challenger and Camaro became such a big hit, but this looks just enough to make you put a gun to your head, and that large wing on the trunk, served no purpose back in the day and is total out of place today.
Oct 8, 2009 8:34 pm
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correction: The Challenger isn't a big hit. It's a slow boat.
Oct 8, 2009 9:16 pm
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Actually, the wing was functional on the track. That's why NASCAR banned the car. Aerodynamics weren't a priority in early stock car racing. However, during the late '60s teams began to focus on aero. Since each car had to have a "stock" appearance radical changes couldn't be made to cheat the air. The Superbird was a huge advancement in stock car aero at that time. The street car was built to meet the NASCAR homologation reg's of that time. It's wing and nose had little function on the street. Now! I'm showing my age, but the Superbird was my dream car when I was a kid.
Oct 8, 2009 10:46 pm
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The original car was a real classical. a period of time, nascar has had crazy cars there. I like this vision and can imagine, chrysler is thinking about something like that. Please, make it exactly like that! @sideskraper why not. much better then ten topics about poor f1
Oct 8, 2009 8:01 pm
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That thing is breathtakingly hideous.
Oct 8, 2009 7:58 pm
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I find that crazily oversized spoiler cool, lol.
Oct 8, 2009 7:33 pm
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Oct 10, 2009 3:48 pm
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All they did was modernize the 1970 superbird design!
Oct 21, 2009 7:33 am
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TOO little, WAY too late. The Roadrunner, looks like the love-child of a Camaro and a Challenger. LITERALLY. And the Superbird version looks like a "pimp-my-ride" version of a car from the 1980's.
Oct 8, 2009 7:24 pm
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I'm with you. I also wonder if I can sketch something on a napkin and have it published as a "concept" on sites like this.
Oct 8, 2009 7:34 pm
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i agree it does look like a blend between the camaro and challenger. but i like it, i think this design is headed in the right direction.
Oct 8, 2009 8:34 pm
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The Road Runner is a legend among muscle car fans, now this car looks a bit smaller then the Challenger, and with a new interior and a Hemi, the car can bring Chrysler some good profits.
Oct 8, 2009 8:47 pm
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