Dodge jumped in headfirst to the SCCA's Trans Am racer series with its aptly named Challenger, as it was going up against the likes of Ford's Mustang and Chevrolet's Camaro. It was built for just one year and featured a spec sheet that would get any gasoline head revved up. The car stuck with a small-block engine, thus keeping weight down and handling at the optimum, thanks to better balance. The suspension was uprated torsion bar at the front and a live axle rear on leaf springs, while discs came standard on the front. The engine came from the art Swinger and, though advertised at 290bhp (216kW) output, was well over 300bhp (223kW). To reinforce the racing theme a four-speed was fitted, with an auto optional. Also, to aid traction, bigger rear tyres were fitted than at the front, and this was the first Detroit muscle car to have such a set-up.
Dodge Challenger T/A (1970) Specifications
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