Dodge's The Wraith – a cinematic star car
In 1986, long before Charlie Sheen was “winning,” he still had a viable acting career. However, even when Charlie Sheen was part of the brat pack, a certain car may have upstaged him in his role as a bullied teen in the movie The Wraith. The car, with the movie’s namesake, was a futuristic M4S Turbo Interceptor co-developed by Dodge and PPG Industries.
“The movie model (built in 1982) was a more advanced Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor – which stands for Mid-engine 4-cylinder Sport,” explains the auto gurus at Dodgeopedia. “Six prop cars were built, four of which were only bodies and destroyed during filming. Another two fully functional props were built for an estimated $1,500,000. The Dodge M4S was powered by a Mopar 2.2 ‘Trans’ four cylinder engine twin-cam that produced 440 horsepower. And, in case you didn’t figure it out by now, was very much turbocharged.”
With that reported price tag of $1.5 million, it’s no surprise to hear that Dodge’s The Wriath was a protype sports coupe designed specifically for the film. The mid-engine car was said to have a top speed of 194 miles per hour and was clocked going from zero to 60 in 4.1 seconds.
“If you’ve never seen the film, you’re missing out on a piece of cinematic car history that uses plot only as a vessel for plot holes,” says Zach Bowman of AutoBlog.com. “But never mind that. The star of the show is none other than the [Dodge M4S Turbo Interceptor]. Charlie Sheen is there, too.”
A rare engineering gem, The Wraith embodies all that is Dodge. A not-so-rare cinematic flop, the film is still worth checking out. Because let’s admit it; we miss the old Charlie.
Photo courtesy of Internet Movie Cars Database.