Welcome to our special issue of wheels, Zaki! Before we get to your Charger, tell us how your passion for motoring began?

Thanks for featuring me in the Car of the Year edition, it’s a real honour! Maybe my car will be considered in the 2019 CotY!

Well, my dad is an automobile engineer and so I guess his passion rubbed off on me. It’s in our blood. For as long as I can remember, I have loved cars. I would dissect all of my toy cars when I was a kid and investigate each part of it to satiate my curiosity!

When I bought my first PlayStation all I used to play were car racing games but more than the racing aspect of these games, my interest was always about modifying my cars. Games like Need for Speed, Underground 2, and Midnight Club were my favourites as I just loved modifying the cars and trying different looks!

I always had a dream that someday when I have my own real car I would modify it with my own hands.

 

And that is exactly what you have done with your Dodge and it looks really good too!

Thanks, I appreciate it! I have always been a huge fan of the Charger and in June 2016 I visited one of the showrooms and fell in love with the Hellcat. It wasn’t in my budget though but then I saw the Charger SXT which was.

I bought it on June 29, 2016 at exactly 1:15pm! I let my dad have the first drive from the showroom to our home. I’d have loved the Hellcat but I guess I’m not ready for it yet but once I have some more driving experience under my belt I’ll be back for that beast! But this isn’t bad at all for a first car.

 

That is a very sensible outlook, Zaki, good on you. What do you like best about your mean looking Charger?

I love everything about it. Every time I look at it I fall in love with it all over again. When I bought it, it was bone stock but now it has a totally different look. It’s not the SRT Hellcat but people often mistake it for one.

 

You almost had us fooled! Tell us about all the work that you have put into creating it...

I’ve added two extra layers of pearl white paint to it which really makes the exterior pop and stand out in the crowd. I’ve also given it a seven-layer nano ceramic coating which protects the paint and makes it shine. I got the black and white colour scheme from V for Vendetta which is my favourite movie. In fact I have named my car Vendetta.

Everything has been modified. I changed the bonnet to one that looks like that of the SRT Hellcat. It’s made out of fibre glass (I got it from Taiwan) and it has Mopar hood pins. I also added a front lip made out of carbon fibre, side skirts, a large diffuser and SRT Hellcat spoiler. I gave it a set of Greddy coilovers to lower the ride height and then rounded off the exterior by painting the wheels pearl black then focused on performance. I added a Mopar cold air intake and Varex Valve exhaust which helps the 3.6-litre Pentastar V6 breathe better. It makes 292 horses and is mated to a ZF eight-speed automatic.

 

That is quite an extensive list but you still have some more plans for it...

Yes, I have a lot of plans for my car such as getting Ferrada wheels, an Air lift Performance Stage 3 kit, and maybe a different style body wrap.

I’m trying my best to achieve all of this before the 2018 Custom Show Emirates event in April in Abu Dhabi.

 

We hope you win a prize! Do you have any strange or funny incidents you can share with us about the car?

Well people keep mistaking my car for a Hellcat and so when I am on the highway other drivers with fast cars want to race! I never stoop to such antics because this dangerous and illegal.

 

Good man. What do your family make of it?

Well my mum is a huge fan of my car and loves all the hard work I have put into it. My dad never even asks why I have done all this to it and my sister is proud of it too — and her friends go crazy when they see it!

 

How often do you drive it and where do you enjoy driving it the most?

It’s my daily driver but I love long weekend cruises down the highway especially when there is no traffic.

My favourite drives are around Jabel Jais, the highway to Hatta and especially the road to Musandam. This road is really beautiful what with the views of the mountains and the Arabian Gulf. This car is a dream to drive and I must say I am very proud to own it because I started from scratch and I have brought it up a really aggressive-looking level.

 

Finally, what is your dream car?

I have few in my list and they are the Charger Hellcat, Mercedes-AMG C63 and a Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350.

 

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