The Dodge Charger has become the preeminent muscle and sports car around the world. Its popularity has endured for a lasting legacy of over 50 years now, as a performance beast with an unmistakable signature style. It didn’t happen overnight, though, it was forged through several generations that have seen the Charger offer many iterations of its incredible performance and design features. We at Great West Chrysler have taken a dive into the history of the Dodge Charger, how it started, and how it came to be what it is now. Follow along with us, your top Dodge Edmonton dealer, as we explore everything that is the Charger!
The Debut of the Dodge Charger
Odds are, if you have fond memories of the Dodge Charger, you’re remembering its first and second generations. 1965 was the year the Dodge Charger first raced onto the scene, inspired by the Coronet, but modified into a car more adept for the speedway. In the following years the Charger gained a lot of its notoriety, featured in both the Steve McQueen classic film Bullitt, and the iconic TV show of the 1970s, The Dukes of Hazzard. The Chargers, for their big and small screen starring roles, were made to look as stylish as possible with an unmistakable front end, defined hard-top roof, and distinguished fenders. The Dodge Charger was quick to arrive on the automotive scene, and just as quick to leave its mark.
Dodge Charger Through its Generations
The 1970s saw quite a few changes to the Charger, starting with a redesign due to new emissions and safety regulations. This third generation Charger had a split front grille and the ability to have open or concealed headlamps. The interior was totally redone to allow for a rear fastback window. Later, the fourth generation continued this fastback style with a redesigned roof to front to headlamp design. The fifth generation, starting in 1982, introduced a completely new Charger style, called the Omni 024, which came in a three-door hatchback style. This was the last Charger generation for just under 20 years, until it resurfaced in another brand-new, more modern look.
The Dodge Charger Returns
2006 saw the Dodge Charger’s return, absent since it ended with the fifth generation in 1987. The sixth generation introduced the Charger back as a four-door design with a 3.5L V6 engine producing 250 horsepower for the new millennium. The new design formulated on a base level what we know as the Dodge Charger in its current form, over a decade later. More powerful than ever, especially if we’re talking about the top trim level, the SRT® Hellcat—which produces more power than those in the 1960s could only dream about. With a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® SRT® Hellcat V8 engine, it gets a mind-numbing 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Harnessed inside a new-age body that screams modern sports super car, the Charger in 2019 is a performance and style beast like no other.
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