The Dodge Charger has been used across several ranges of cars but what most people think of when they hear the name is the muscle car.
The car started life in 1966 as a fastback design that didn’t prove popular, the exterior styling was lacking in excitement to warrant the cost.
2 years later the second generation was released and the styling of the Charger was improved enough to make it a forever classic.
During this second generation the platform was used to create the Dodge Charger Daytona, an aerodynamic muscle car legend.
The start of the 1970’s saw the release of the third generation that upgraded the safety of the model and offered new trims to attract a wider range of buyers.
When the Fourth generation hit showrooms in the mid-1970’s the car had seemed to morph into a luxury car rather than keeping its muscle heritage.
Another strange move for the Charger came in the 1980’s when the car was again moved into a new classification, becoming a subcompact coupe economy car. Performance was high for this pocket-rocket thanks to its shrinking size and turbocharged engine.
The Dodge Charger was put to sleep at the end of the 1980’s before being revived in the mid 2000’s just before the great recession that shook up the auto manufacturing world.
The new revived Charger brand saw smaller engines and less aggressive styling as it saw in its heyday in the 1960/1970 period. Performance versions were available of the car for those wanting it bu most models were economy focused.
Underneath the new Charger is a chassis that it shares with the Challenger and the 300 models by the same American auto manufacturer.
When the 7th generation hit the showroom in 2011 it seemed as though Dodge were trying to take the range back to its performance heritage. The car was once again a sporty muscle car with powerful engines as standard and racing features like all wheel drive and improved aerodynamics pulling in new and old fans.
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