The evolution of the Dodge Charger
From it’s beginnings in the later years of the 1960’s, the Dodge Charger has come a long way to become the cars you see everyday. Many changes in the body type, fuel milage, and luxury options has evolved.
One of the main reasons that the Dodge Charger body type has changed is because the American culture has changed as well. Now, you don’t see Milk Men, or even seeing a Paperboy is rare, so why would it make sense to see a “B” body type Charger still driving around? Dodge had to conform with culture, so they evolved the body to become a more rounded “fuselage” body style, this was so it became more aerodynamic and in doing so could drive faster. In 1969 Dodge created the Daytona Charger. This car was dubbed the “aero car” this is because it was built for speed and had to cut through the air effortlessly. It was fitted with a 18” nose fitted on, and a 23” rear spoiler www.allpar.com/model/superbird.html. The Dodge Charger R/T, in 1971 was Dodge’s 3rd and final Charger muscle car, it has the same “fuselage” body type as the 1968 Charger but it could go a lot faster, this is because it was a high performance version. On the road today you will see a Charger that looks nothing like it’s ancestors, it has even taken on a more “boxy” shape.
The first Chargers of 1965 had a “large for the time” engine size, it was a 4.5L engine, this was quite a bold move for Dodge but was a great success in the end. Years later the Chargers engine didn't go up in size unless you wanted to pay for the high performance package which brought the engine liters up to 5.2L. In 1971 Dodge decided to go all in and make their R/T come equipped with a 7.2L engine for those who wanted to go fast, the downside to this R/T was gas prices and insurance cost went up and no one wanted to pay that much so production quickly came to a stop. On the road today Chargers have a standard edition with a 3.5L, an R/T edition with a 5.7L and an SRT edition with a 6.4L....
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