Evolution of the Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger is the name of three different generations of American automobiles produced by Dodge. The Dodge Silver Challenger was produced from 1958 to 1959. From 1969 to 1974, the first generation Dodge Challenger pony car was built using the Chrysler E platform, sharing major components with the Plymouth Barracuda. The second generation, from 1978 to 1983, was a badge engineered Mitsubishi Galant Lambda. The third, and current generation, was introduced in early 2008 as a rival to the evolved fifth generation Ford Mustang and the fifth generation Chevrolet Camaro.

1959 Dodge Silver Challenger

Powertrain
Engine 230 cu in (3.8 L) Getaway L-head I6
325 cu in (5.3 L) Red Ram V8
Transmission 3-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 122.0 in (3,1000 mm)

1973 Dodge Challenger

Powertrain
Engine 198 cu in (3.24 L) Slant 6 I6
225 cu in (3.69 L) Slant 6 I6
318 cu in (5.21 L) LA V8
340 cu in (5.6 L) LA V8
360 cu in (5.9 L) LA V8
383 cu in (6.28 L) B V8
426 cu in (6.98 L) Hemi V8
440 cu in (7.2 L) RB V8
Transmission 3-speed manual
4-speed manual
3-speed TorqueFlite automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 110.0 in (2,790 mm)
Length 191.3 in (4,860 mm)[4]
Width 76.1 in (1,930 mm)
Height 50.9 in (1,290 mm)

1981 Dodge Challenger

Powertrain
Engine 1.6 L (98 cu in) 4G32 I4
2.6 L (160 cu in) 4G54 I4
Transmission 5-speed manual
3-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 2,530 mm (100 in)
Length 4,525 mm (178.1 in)
Width 1,675 mm (65.9 in)
Height 1,345–1,355 mm (53.0–53.3 in)

2012 Dodge Challenger

Engine 3.5 L (214 cu in) SOHC V6 (2009–2010)
3.6 L (220 cu in) Pentastar V6(2011–present)
5.7 L (345 cu in) HEMI V8 (2009–present)
6.1 L (370 cu in) HEMI V8 (2008–2010)
392 cu in (6.4 L) HEMI V8 (2011–present)
Transmission 4-speed automatic 42RLE (2008)
5-speed automatic W5A580 (2009–2014)
8-speed automatic 845RE (2014-present)
6-speed manual Tremec TR6060(2008-present)
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