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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roadkill roadkill
If I had the money, I'd buy one!!!
Oct 21st, 2009 2:36pm
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2010S5 2010S5
Retro. Fail.
Oct 10th, 2009 12:01am
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
@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 9th, 2009 11:16am
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Mol02468 Mol02468
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 9th, 2009 3:09pm
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jerry05cod4 jerry05cod4
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 10th, 2009 10:58am
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carbonsigma carbonsigma
The Superbird is my favourite muscle car. I like this.
Oct 9th, 2009 8:08am
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loyo loyo
now draw some eyes on the windshield and you have the characters for the next CARS movie
Oct 9th, 2009 7:47am
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theoldman theoldman
nice car
Oct 9th, 2009 6:26am
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mldrieling mldrieling
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 9th, 2009 6:22am
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dmanero dmanero
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 9th, 2009 3:34am
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joshg_5 joshg_5
correction: The Challenger isn't a big hit. It's a slow boat.
Oct 9th, 2009 4:16am
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unknownuser unknownuser
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 9th, 2009 5:46am
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xLumino xLumino
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 9th, 2009 3:01am
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jdmgtr jdmgtr
That thing is breathtakingly hideous.
Oct 9th, 2009 2:58am
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N20_Purge N20_Purge
I find that crazily oversized spoiler cool, lol.
Oct 9th, 2009 2:33am
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Xanavi23 Xanavi23
Oct 10th, 2009 10:48pm
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roadkill roadkill
All they did was modernize the 1970 superbird design!
Oct 21st, 2009 2:33pm
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majorsja majorsja
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 9th, 2009 2:24am
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sideskraper sideskraper
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 9th, 2009 2:34am
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thefuture1 thefuture1
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 9th, 2009 3:34am
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Renegade Renegade
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 9th, 2009 3:47am
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