With the muscle-car era at its height in the late 1960s, Dodge finally got its own pony car in 1970. Aptly named the Challenger, it came with a huge list of options, including 12 engines. In Dodge tradition, the R/T (Street/Track) package was the high-performance model. The base engine option was a 335bhp (250kW) 383ci (6.3-liter) V8, but the car could be ordered with the mighty 426ci (7-liter) Street Hemi or 440ci (7.2-liter) V8s, which gave out 425bhp (316kW) and 375bhp (279kW) respectively. It was built on Chrysler's new E-body platform, sharing its firewall and front subframe with the bigger B-body cars like the Charger. The new model also used Chrysler's proven torsion bar front suspension with beefed up anti-roll bar, though the rear had leaf springs on a live axle, the latter requiring the Sure-Grip limited-slip differential option to put all the torque to the ground.
Dodge Challenger R/T SE Specifications
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