7 Interesting Facts About the Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger is one of those cars that never goes out of fashion. Initially marketed in 1964, the Dodge Charger quickly became a staple of American culture. To this day, the vehicle is regarded as an American classic all over the world. Although the car has been around for decades, there’s still plenty to learn about the beloved muscle car. Here are a few things enthusiasts may not know about the Dodge Charger:
- Johnny Cash was a fan! Many associate the Charger with the General Lee, one of the most iconic cars in television history, but how many know that even the “Man in Black” himself sang about it? Cash was said to be a huge fan of the Charger.
- When the Charger initially debuted in the mid-1960s, buyers were curious but not entirely sold on it. It wasn’t until the second generation’s redesign in the late 60s that the car proved to be a hit. Auto enthusiasts generally consider the models released between 1968 and 1970 to be the best of the bunch, especially when taking into account the record sales of the time.
- Muscle cars are notorious gas guzzlers, but in 2015 Dodge set out to change that. The brand added an Eco mode to the Charger Hellcat in 2016, a move that was revered by some and despised by passionate purists and lovers of muscle cars all around.
- There always has to be a first time for everything, right? Well, the Dodge Charger is proud to be the world’s first four-door muscle car. Not only did the Charger make a splash thanks to its four doors, it also boasted the latest technology in its wonderfully-designed interior and under the hood.
- In 1968, at the height of the Charger’s popularity, the Charger 500 was unveiled as a vehicle that would attempt to dominate the NASCAR race track. Sadly, the car didn’t have the effect that the brand had hoped for and the model is considered a bomb. Instead, Dodge transitioned that variant into the Charger Daytona and the rest is history. Thanks to the limited number of street versions of the Charger 500, nowadays the vehicle is considered a collector’s item whose price keeps rising year after year.
- The 1970 Charger plays an integral part in the Fast & the Furious movie franchise. Although the franchise is known for showcasing plenty of cars, the Dodge Charger is the highlight of the bunch. Basically a character in itself, the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T has been entertaining fans of the franchise since its first outing in 2001.
- The 2020 Charger SRT Hellcat isn’t that much different in terms of features when compared to its predecessor. The latest edition is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine that produces 707 horsepower. However, the biggest difference is in the width of the car, which now boasts a widebody edition and is stretched from 75 inches to 78.3, making it the widest Charger ever made.
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