Dodge Charger

The Dodge Charger has been redesigned for 2011! It is a major upgrade from the current Dodge Charger style which has not changed styling since 2006.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8®

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is powered by the new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8, upping performance to 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, with increased torque in the low end of the RPM range. A active valve exhaust system has been redesigned allowing the cylinder cutoff system to engage over a wider range.  This results in improved gas mileage.  The new active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides the increased low-end torque.

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8® was unveiled at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.  Some of the new features include the “all-new paddle-shift technology and a two-mode adaptive damping suspension, Charger SRT8® delivers intelligent performance, ride and handling, as well as interior and exterior styling.”

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The Charger was officially introduced by Dodge with a mid-1966 model year introduction. We will focus on the classic Dodge Chargers of 1966 – 1974. Just as a side note, there were approximately 180 Darts produced with the Charger name in 1965 and they were available for sale only as a conversion kit (to upgrade the Dart into a Charger). Dodge also produced 300 kits that dealers could install on the Darts themselves.

Classic Dodge Charger

1971 – 1974 Dodge Charger

Unfortunately, 1971 was the begining of the end for all muscle cars because of stricter emission standards and higher insurance costs. Despite those factors, the ’71 Charger stayed alive and actually received a major redesign. From this time onward, Chargers and Coronets share the same body style. The difference being the Chargers were two-door cars while the Coronets were four-door cars. In previous years, the Super Bee package was available only under the Coronet, but now that they shared the same body style, and the Charger being the two-door verison, the Super Bee was produced under the Charger name. This would be the only year that the Charger Super Bee existed. This would also be the last year of the 426 Hemi. All of the other engines received “detunings” because of the new, stricter emission standards.

On a positive note, a new rear spoiler and “ramcharger” hood were now available on the option lists. A new scoop was mounted in the middle of the hood directly above the air cleaner and if the driver wanted to put clean air directly into the carburetor all they had to do was pull a lever under the dash and the scoop would pop open. This scoop was available only the Coronet R/T and Super Bees.

From 1972 to 1974, Dodge moved the Charger from the performance category to more of a luxury car. The main reason was because of the stricter emission standards and insurance costs. As a result, they could no longer market performance anymore. The Hemi was no longer available and the engines once again received engine “detunings” through 1974.

1968 – 1970 Dodge Charger

With a major drop in sales during 1967, it was clear that the Dodge Charger needed a major redesign for its 1968 model. The new Charger had what is refered to as “coke bottle” styling. The front fenders and rear quarter panels are what gives the Charger the “coke bottle” styling, because they resemble the curves of a coke bottle. The full length tail lights were removed and replace by “Corvette-like” tail lights. Dual scoops were added to the doors and hood to compliment the redesigned Charger. In 1968 the Charger received the R/T (Road and Track) badge. The R/T model was the high performance version of the Charger. It came standard with the 440 Magnum which was rated at 375 hp. A total of17,665 Chargers were produced during this production year.

The 1969 Charger is almost the same as the 1968 from a cosmetic viewpoint. The grille on the Charger received modification and now included a center divider. The tail lights also recieved modifications. In addition to the R/T version, another special version of the Charger was produced starting 1969 called the SE (Special Edition) version. The SE package was not a preformance package, but rather focused on a luxury package which could be bundled with or without the other R/T version. A new engine was available for 1969 including the Slant Six. This new engine wasn’t very popular because everyone wanted more power with a V8. A unique optional feature was the sunroof, which by todays standards is very desirable yet a rare option for its time. Two new Nascar editions of the Dodge Charger were available including the Charger 500, which had improved aerodynamics over the standard model. The second was the Dodge Charger Daytona which was specially designed for Nascar. It sported a front nose and a larger tail wing. In total, there were

69,000 Chargers produced during 1969. Evidently, this Charger was well recieved.

In 1970 the Charger took on some more cosmetic changes. For starters the front end received the addition of a chrome wrap around bumper. The Charger, along with the Challengers and Barracudas, were available in awesome new colors such as Plum Crazy Purple, Sublime Green to name a few. The R/T version of the Charger received a simulated reverse body scoop on the doors which sported the R/T logo. The Charger 500 version was still around for 1970, but it lacked the high preformance features of the 1969 models. The 440 Six Pack was the only engine addition for 1970, but certainly not a minor one! The 440 Six Pack sported 3 two-barrel carburetors and was rated at 390 hp. Even with all these hot new additions, the production of the Charger fell to only 49,768, most of the lost sales were because of the new Challenger.

1966 – 1967 Dodge Charger

In 1966 Dodge jumped on board to compete with the Plymouth Barracuda and the Ford Mustang. They created the infamous Dodge Charger, which was based on the midsized Coronet platform. The base price on the Dodge Charger was $3,122. The interior was considered state of the art for the time. Not only did it have two bucket seats in the front, but it went the next step and put two more in the back! The console was not restricted to the front either. They designed the console to reach all the way to the back seat! The standard engine was the 318 V8, but most buyers upgraded to a 383 V8. Other options for the Dodge Charger were the 361 V8 and the debuting street 426 Hemi! The 426 Hemi upgrade cost an extra $1000, causing only 468 on them to come off the production line for the year. Comparing this with the total number of Chargers produced in 1966 (37,344) made the Hemi option not only desirable but also rare.

With its successful, mid-year introduction of the 1966 model, the 1967 Dodge Charger require few if any changes. One minor exterior change was the addition of turn signals that were mounted on the tops of the fenders. In addition, the full length console was replace by a regular-sized console. Two new engines were available including the new 440 Magnum included in 660 Chargers. The second new engine included the 383 2 – barrel, which replaced the 361 V8. Even though the Charger was a huge success in 1966, the Donge company only produced 15,788 units in 1967. That was roughly half of what they sold the previous year. The “fastback craze” was coming to and end and the time had come for Dodge to redesign their Charger.

33 Responses to Dodge Charger

  1. Dan Hunt says:

    I own a 1977 Dodge Charger Daytona. While these cars are not nearly as sexy or valuable as their earlier counterparts, they are also extremely rare for the same reason. I am wanting to restore my car, and am looking for parts and info sources. Can you help me?


  2. keith reeve says:

    mopar glory days was when they ruled the streets and the drag strips in the 60s and 70s.the best looking cars and the was the best times for any man to grow up in.

  3. Gary D says:

    2012 Charger is a UGLY car! put is with the Thing that came out in the 70’s

  4. jeff duncan says:

    you are entitled to youe opinion but may want to drive one before passing judgement. This is and incredible machine.

  5. denise says:

    I own a 2010 charger and its handling sucks and the clear coats coming off, the transmission shifts hard. I have always been a oldsmobile and a chevy person and now i see why if i could get my money back i would

  6. behnam says:

    i love dodge

  7. brandon says:

    Here we go again. Car companies going for mediocrity. Interior parts made of the same quality as the plastic on your laser printer and rattle after 30k. After being rescued by USA you’d think they would build QUALITY. CAN AMERICAN CAR COMPANIES MAKE SUPERIOR CARS? After 100years of building cars there should be a CLEAR leader. Instead they ALL have agreed to mediocrity. Same gas millage as thirty years ago even though we KNOW they can make 80mpg diesel.Pathetic.

  8. vinjoseph says:

    gary i think you have a braindamage or maybe you need some medical attention.

  9. vinjoseph says:

    denise your bike is not a dodge, your father just put a dodge sticker just to fool you and make you believe its branded.

  10. Rachel says:

    I liked its retro and aggressive looks, and the charger is better stylistic than the older editions.

  11. stevo says:

    Well to all the nay sayers out there. I own a 2006 rt that runs 13.4 in Quarter mile and handles just fine, great job Dodge! Love em or hate em but beware at the red light.

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  13. jeremy says:

    i own a 2007 dodge charger 3.5l and was wondering how I tell if it is a HO or just a regular 3.5

  14. james says:

    I have a 2006 charger 3.5 with 140k miles I use one quart of oil a month is that bad what a engine with those miles should be useing.

  15. Steve says:

    Besides Camaro and Dodge Challenger, Dodge Charger is one of my favorite muscle cars. What an amazing creation…

  16. Click here says:

    Great Dodge history! Thanks for such article.

  17. says:

    Impressive car! I love to have one of this!

  18. says:

    Excellent car history! Love those photos. Thanks!

  19. says:

    Never heard of this one! Thanks for sharing this post.

  20. says:

    Amazing photos! Great console, lights and all interior specifications. Thanks for posting!

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