Comedia Kevin Hart brought out a large chunk of his “Kollection” of muscle cars and restomods to the 2023 SEMA Show in Las Vegas. Among them is a a 1970 Dodge Challenger dubbed “Bane”, which was put together over several years by Dave Kindig of Kindig It Design
If you’re a fan of the Utah-based shop or the Bitchin’ Rides TV series, you’ll know Kindig builds are among the best and most expensive in the world. “Bane” is no exception, a 1970 Challenger which Kevin wanted to be one of the best Mopars in the world. With the build taking over two years to finish, it’s safe to assume that it’s approaching three-quarters to a million dollars in cost.
Why Bane? Well, Kevin likes to have a theme for his cars. A lot of them are named after villains, such as Michael Myers. Bane is one of the best, scariest villains in the DC/Batman universe.
Bane is based on arguably one of the most beautiful muscle cars of all time, the 1970 Dodge Challenger. This boxy, classic shape was then massaged into the best version of itself by the Kindig metal fabricators. Nearly every body panel is custom-made metal, from the widened fenders to the tucked bumpers.
The Challenger has custom full-LED headlights, shaved door handles, shaved drip rails, and an engine bay described as a “jewelry box.” This houses the mother of all Mopar engines, a 7.0-liter Gen 3 Hellephant engine. This Hemi features Dodge’s 3-liter blower helping it produce 1000 horsepower and 1000 pound-feet of torque, sent out through an equally impressive 8HP90 automatic.
This massive engine cuts right through the custom hood with mesh vents and receives a 3D-printed cover for its blower.
The Challenger couldn’t handle this much power without a custom floor, built around the new Roadster Shop Fast Trac IRS/IFS chassis. Once Kindig and Kevin were happy with the metal fabrication, it was finished in Black Ice from Kindig’s Modern Classikk paint line. The black theme carries to the wheels, which are 3-pieces (20×8.5-inch front, 21×14-inch rear) which hide a Wilwood big brake package.
As for the interior, this looks nothing like a 1970s Dodge. The dash, center console, pedal pads, and more were 3D-printed by Kindig. The Mulberry leather by JS Customs and modified BMW seats kind of make this Challenger look like a classic 8 Series.