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Dodge Charger Daytona (1969)


Dodge Charger Daytona (1969)

To qualify for NASCAR racing, Dodge had to build a certain number of Charger Daytonas for the street. They looked extremely radical for the time; in fact, I hey were too radical for most and many even had their wings and spoilers removed to be sold as regular Chargers, just to get them off the showroom floor. The Chargers were some 200lb (91kg) lighter than their Plymouth Superbird cousins, hence were fastest away from a standing start. Their aerodynamic aids didn't really come into effect until over 100mph (169km/h), which made them more visual aids than helpful in the real sense, but the visual part is something which sells the car well on the second-hand market today. The engines it used were either the 440ci (7.2-liter) Magnum or Street Hemi, a detuned version of the race engine with hydraulic lifters to quieten it down and, ultimately, limit its rpm potential.

Dodge Charger Daytona (1969) Specifications

Top speed:135 mph (216 km/h)
0-60 mph (0-96 km/h):5.0 sec
Engine type:V8
Displacement:426 ci (6,997 cc)
Transmission:4-speed manual
Max power:425 bhp (317 kW) @ 5,600 rpm
Max torque:490 lb ft (664 Nm) @ 4,000 rpm
Weight:3,671 lb (1,668 kg)
Economy:11 mpg (3.89 km/I)
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