Secrets About the Dodge Challenger
The Dodge Challenger is hands down one of the most popular muscle cars in the world. This American monster mopar has a long and storied history that dates back many decades. When Dodge first unveiled the Challenger it was described as the answer to the Mustang and Camaro. It was originally unveiled in 1969 for the 1970 model year, and it was characterized by its aggressive and sporty styling and high-performance engine. In the years following the release, there have been three generations of the Challenger, and it is more popular today than ever. Therefore, in this blog post we thought that it would be fun to share secrets about the Dodge Challenger that most people are unaware of.
The First Challenger Wasn’t Released in 1970:
Most people believe that the Dodge Challenger made its original debut in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. However, that is not actually true, there was a Dodge vehicle with the Challenger name the preceeded it. Back in 1958 Dodge added the “Silver Challenger” name to its Coronet lineup.. These vehicles came with a bunch of special features, and one of them was a unique silver paint, hence the name, Silver Challenger.
There was a Viper-Powered Challenger:
Dodge made some big waves within the automotive industry this year when they released their new Challenger Hellcat model. This vehicle instantly revitalized a struggling muscle car segment with its 707 horsepower powertrain and impressive styling. However, most people are unaware of the fact that there was another ultra high-performance Challenger that existed before the Hellcat. This model was actually powered by a ten-cylinder Dodge Viper engine. It was available on a race-only factory drag package in 2011.
There was a Japanese Challenger:
When most people think about the Dodge Challenger they think about pure American muscle. However, in the mid-70s Dodge experimented with badging a four-cylinder Mitsubishi compact as a Challenger for a few years. Luckily this model didn’t last long, and Dodge figured out that it wasn’t good for the brand, live and learn.