Brief History of the Dodge Challenger
Since its beginnings in 1970, the Dodge Challenger has been an iconic vehicle on the American roadways. Though the American muscle car was not well-received when it was introduced, early versions of the Challenger are among the most sought-after classic cars on the market today.
The original 1970 model-year Challenger had a chiseled and strong frame and a range of optional trims including a hardtop or convertible. Built to compete with Ford’s Mustang and Chevrolet’s Camaro, the Challenger had a powerful V8 engine that offered a lot of torque and speed.
After four years of production and a lot of criticism from the media and other manufacturers, Dodge took a break from the Challenger’s production until 1978, when its next generation was introduced. Known overseas as the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda, the second generation Challenger had a “Hemi” engine and introduced Mitsubishi’s “balance” shafts to the American market. Production of this model was also fairly short and ended after five years.
After a quarter-century, the Dodge Challenger was reintroduced to the market in 2008. Unlike the Mustang and Camaro which look much different than their first generation designs, the new Challenger kept many of the same strong exterior features that were present in the original Challenger.
Today’s Challenger carries the iconic four-headlight array, wide rear tires, two doors and a strong shape. The newest generation of this American muscle classic revives another piece of Challenger lore as well; there are a number of trim and option packages available. Many of the modern Challengers available in dealerships today have a number of colors, engine variations, tires and accessories.
The most current Challenger model (2016 model year) features include high-tech bells and whistles like touchscreens, custom tic-toc-tach gauges and rear view cameras that help bring the 1970’s classic into the modern age. Additionally, Dodge reintroduced the ‘Go Mango’ color to the 2016 Charger and Challenger line.
Where can you buy a new Dodge Challenger?
Want to be a part of the MOPAR legacy? You can buy the Dodge Challenger or any of Dodge’s great cars at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram, located just outside of Miami and Fort Lauderdale.