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Dodge Charger (1966)


Dodge Charger (1966)

Creating a sensation when it arrived in 1966, the first-generation Charger used fastback styling, which was quickly becoming popular. It also had engine options from 318ci (5.2-liter) right up to the legendary 426 Hemi, making it suitable for many pockets. The car was based on the new-for-1965 intermediate B-body chassis which it shared with the Coronet, and as such used Chrysler's ever-present torsion bar front end with a conventional leaf spring rear. Hemi-powered Chargers such as the model shown got stiffer front torsion bars and an anti-roll bar in an effort to handle the extra weight up front. The Hemi came at an extra cost of $900, but it combined incredible power with reasonable driveability. Power was put down through either a 3-speed Torqueflite automatic or 4-speed manual. This Charger was the car that thrust Dodge into the spotlight for the rest of that decade.

Dodge Charger (1966) Specifications

Top speed:134 mph (214 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.3 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:426 ci (6,980 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:425 bhp (317 kW) @ 5,000 rpm
Max torque:490 lb ft (664 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,990 lb (1,813 kg)
Economy:9 mpg (3.18 km/I)
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