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Throwback Thursday: Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is an icon in the American automotive industry, however, many are unaware of how the Challenger name actually came about.

The first time we ever saw the Challenger name was in 1958 on the Dodge Silver Challenger, which was actually a full-sized sedan. Following that, the Challenger went for a more muscle car route with the 1970 model year. Through 1969 to 1974 the Dodge Challenger was built on the Chrysler E platform and shared most of its major components with the Plymouth Barracuda. This was known as the Dodge Challenger’s first generation as a muscle sports car. For the second generation, the Dodge Challenger sports car (built from 1978 to 1983) was basically a re-engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda coupe.

Today, however, the third-generation of the Dodge Challenger is a mean and beastly muscle car that rivals the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro! With a model like the 707 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, this pony muscle car seems to be leaving its competition in the dust.

With that in mind, we decided to feature the supercar in today’s Throwback Thursday segment. For our comparison, we’re going to pin the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat (the most powerful version of the Challenger today) to one of the most powerful versions of the Dodge Challenger from 1970.

1970 Dodge Challenger Six Pack 01

1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440 SIX PACK

Engine:7.2 liter V8 making 390-hp and 490 lb-ft of torque
Transmission:3-speed manual with 4-speed manual available as an option
0 to 60 mph:6.2 seconds
Top speed:130 mph
Base price:$5,000

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Engine:6.2 liter Supercharged V8 making 707-hp and 650 lb-ft of torque
Transmission:8-speed automatic; 6-speed manual transmission
0 to 60 mph:3.2 seconds
Top speed:199 mph
Base price:$59,995

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