In my opinion, it’s better to show up at an awesome party very late, maybe catch only the last hour, than to not show up at all, right? Right! Back in the late 1960s, Dodge had the same idea. People were buying Pony cars – the Mustangs and Camaros hand over fist, sand Dodge wanted in on some of the action. With the introduction of the 1970 Dodge Challenger, they certainly got that. Built on the same principle as the Plymouth Barracuda – slightly larger, massively powerful, the Challenger was available in a mind-boggling number of options, with two body styles and eight engines, just to start with, not to mention countless other options. It was really designed to make everyone happy (especially the good people at Dodge!)
The Dodge Challenger was originally offered with a choice of 8 engines, the weakest of which was a 3.2-liter straight six, and the biggest and baddest, a 440, or 7.2-liter V8. Thus equipped – with the V8! it could reach 60 in 6.2 seconds, and reach a top speed of 125 miles per hour. The top speed is not very impressive, but the acceleration… well, much better!
1970 was really the only great year for the original Dodge Challenger. 1971 was OK, but not great and in later years the car was nothing but a pale shadow of its former self. The name Challenger was dredged up in the 80s again, and most recently, and with great success in 2008.