For this installment of Then and Now, we will be taking a quick look at the Dodge Charger. This is another muscle car that Dodge has recently brought back to life with the recent interest in restoro-mod muscle cars and cruisers. By creating a modern car, with all of the technology and comforts we expect nowadays, that uses the name and branding of a classic American icon, Dodge has yet another instant hit.
Perhaps the most recognizable iteration of the Dodge Charger is the 1969 model used by Bo and Luke Duke in the 80’s TV show The Duke’s of Hazzard. This was a Hemi Orange Charger that had been modified to handle the trouble they always found themselves in. It had a Confederate battle flag on the roof, “General Lee” script over the doors and the number 01 painted on the side. All shenanigans aside, the Charger was no joke! Customers had the choice of several engines ranging from a 3.7 liter six-cylinder all the way up to the 440 cu-in V-8 and the 426 Hemi V-8 that was rated at 425 horsepower. As usual with Dodge muscle cars of the era, it was available in a variety of crazy colors including Hemi Orange, Bright Red, Bright Turquoise Metallic and many others.
Much like the classic Chargers of days gone by, the modern charger, which was reintroduced in 2006, is all about power and boldness. The modern Charger, however, two extra doors to make it a good car for anyone, including families! With the latest model, drivers can choose between two powerful engines. The 3.6 liter V-6 that puts down 292 hp is Chrysler’s highly successful Pentastar engine that is used in many other vehicles and has more than proven itself. If you are a little more on the crazy side, there is also the 5.7 liter Hemi V-8 that produces 370 horsepower and 395 lb-ft of torque! The Charger can even have with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all wheel drive to help with putting all that power to the road. And for those true performance enthusiasts, there is even an SRT8 version with sport tuned suspension, brake upgrades and a 6.4 liter Hemi V8 that makes 470 hp and 470 lb-ft.
If you like the modern look of this classic American icon, check it out online or stop by the Cumberland Auto Center to see one in person or go for a test drive.