When two monsters of American muscle like the Dodge Charger and Dodge Challenger meet head-to-head, they’re sure to leave a few tire marks on the pavement—but which one comes out victorious? Well here at Great West Chrysler—your source for all things Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, and Ram in Edmonton, Alberta—we have a hard time picking between these two titans of torque, but that won’t stop us from trying. So read on, and learn which of these muscle cars with all of their Herculean horsepower packs more punch!
What’s the difference between the two, anyway?
While it might be easier to assume these two sports cars are practically the same due to the Dodge branding found throughout each vehicle, they both offer remarkable performance and value in different ways (though, they both blow a certain dull pony car out of the water). The two vehicles are built on the same platform and offer much of the same instrumentation, not to mention a shared 8-speed automatic transmission. However, the body styles dictate a much different experience. The 2-door coupe Dodge Challenger saw its original run from 1970 to 1983 and was reimagined in 2008 with a clear nod to its roots. A low roof leads into a long rectangular hood, providing an outright-menacing look on the modern Challenger, a vehicle that doesn’t compromise performance or its history in the slightest. The Dodge Charger, initially released in 1966 then rebooted for the 2006 model year, provides similar power but with more practicality within its 4-door sedan frame. If you equate practicality with compromise, we’ll stop you right there. A full range of V6 and V8 engines are available in both vehicles ranging from the 3.6-litre V6 found in the base models, all the way to the 6.2-litre V8 SRT Hellcats, capable of creating 707 horsepower in the Charger and 717 horsepower in the Challenger. The 2019 Dodge Challenger does offer a distinct advantage in this arena thanks to the SRT Hellcat Redeye, which produces a mindblowing 797 horsepower.
Which one has more pop culture power?
One of the best ways to enjoy either the Charger or Challenger is by taking it for a warm-up lap down Whyte Ave before heading out to the highway (I mean, track) and testing out all that horsepower the engine has to offer. It’d be disingenuous to say we’ve never considered either vehicle’s pop culture legacy. And while the Challenger did an admirable job as the best supporting car in Gone in 60 Seconds, its real star turn came in 2017s The Fate of the Furious. However, the Charger has a substantially longer list of credits to its name, having starred in Cannonball (1976), Blade (1998), Death Proof (2007), Drive Angry (2011), multiple movies from the Fast and the Furious franchise, Bullitt (1968), and more. The Charger will probably always be best known as the General Lee, the true star of both the television series and movie version of The Dukes of Hazzard.
Which one is better?
Again, we have a hard time picking between the two. Both offer performance thrills alongside considerable cultural cachet—but only one will be right for you. The best way to figure it out is to come by Edmonton’s premier destination for Dodge, Great West Chrysler. Stop by any time, or call us and arrange a test drive. No matter what you decide, Charger or Challenger, you’re sure to be happy.