Speedkore knows exactly how to get the most out of a classic American performance vehicle.
The customization shop was hired by Stellantis design chief Ralph Gilles to help redesign his 1968 Dodge Charger. The resulting restomod was dubbed “Hellucination” and it’s as fast as it is mean thanks to its 1,000hp engine.
It makes sense that Gilles turned to Speedkore to breathe new life into the legendary muscle car. Last year, the Wisconsin-based tuner built a similar car for Kevin Hart, although this one is based on the 1970 model year version of Dodge’s legendary murderer. The comedian’s restomod is nicknamed “Hellraiser” because of its massive 426 Hemi engine and dark, sinister appearance.
Speedkore’s latest Charger restomod is powered by a 7.0-liter Hellephant V8 mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox. The engine in Gilles’ car may be different from Hart’s, but both pump out 1,000 horsepower. The vehicle is built on a Speedkore frame with perimeter reinforcements and carbon fiber body panels, as well as a hood, floor and wheel arch cups made of the same material. Gilles also had the coupe fitted with a Detroit Speed double-A-arm front suspension and a custom four-bar diagonal link setup in the rear.
While muscle car enthusiasts will be able to spot all the subtle differences between the two Chargers, there’s no denying that Hart’s and Gilles’ rides are surprisingly similar. But, with these two models, the devil is definitely in the details. The designer’s muscle car may look black from afar, but its carbon fiber body has actually been coated with a glossy clear coat that lets you see the material underneath. The headlights and taillights have also been replaced with Dapper Lighting LEDs that cast a ghostly glow. Finally, it rolls on a set of bespoke HRE wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sports 4S tires.
Inside the Hellucination you will find a carbon fiber dashboard, door panels and seatbacks. Both of the vehicle’s seats were made by Gabe’s Custom Interior and are done in black and gray with orange contrast stitching, as is the three-spoke steering wheel which bears the Speedkore logo in its center. The cabin was also fitted with a Kicker 2,000-watt, six-speaker audio system.
Unsurprisingly, Speedkore did not announce the cost to build Gilles’ Charger, but said it spent two years working on the vehicle, according Road & Track. No price has been announced for Hart’s Hellraiser either, although a TMZ report at the time put the cost at “several hundred thousand dollars”. We imagine the Hellucination price is in the same neighborhood.
Check out more photos from the Hellucination below: