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The Dodge Challenger is the name given to the three generations of automobiles that are being marketed by the Dodge division of Chrysler, a multinational automaker in the United States. The third generation of Dodge Challenger is under the classification of cars called “muscle cars.” These two-seat automobiles have high-performance driving and powerful engines. They are designed for street use and for both formal and informal drag racing and high-speed touring.

The main idea for pony cars started in the late 1950s. One of the major American automakers, Ford Motor Company, thought of putting high-end engines in cars with lighter and smaller frames compared to muscle cars. They came up with the 1964 Ford Mustang. Combining it with the affordable price, the two-door, four-seat car became famous with the youth at that time. The car has set a host of breakthroughs in the designs of pony cars. These pony cars were maneuverable and compact. They also didn’t occupy too much space and were ultra-light compared to the other cars at the time. Chrysler responded with the Plymouth Barracuda manufactured by their Plymouth division and General Motor’s Chevrolet Camaro under the Chevrolet brand, and other automakers followed suit. Pony cars attracted the younger customers. It was aimed to reflect the importance of the youth market with affordability and street-racing performance in mind. The Dodge division had a healthy competition with Ford’s Mercury Cougar and General Motors’ Pontiac Firebird. It had come up with another answer, the Dodge Challenger.

The Dodge Challenger was first developed in 1970 to 1974 as a pony car. The exterior design of the Challenger was designed by Carl Cameron who also worked with the Dodge Charger. It was also designed to accommodate virtually any engine from Chrysler. The Challenger was praised by the public. But with the decline of the demand of pony cars, as well as being criticized by the press, the Challenger production had ceased in 1974.

In January, 2006, the Dodge Challenger was revived. Automaker Chrysler returned the Dodge Challenger as a high-powered vehicle in its third generation. Among these models that made their debut are the SRT8 and R/T Challenger.

The most notable difference between the two cars is the engine. The limited edition SRT8 has a 6.1 Liter V8 engine and has a 4.06-by-3.58-inch bore and stroke, while the R/T has a 5.7 Liter V8 and has a 3.92-by-3.58-inch bore and stroke. SRT8’s engine produces more horsepower, 425 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 420 pound-feet of torque at 4,800 rpm. The R/T produces 372 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and 400 pound-feet of torque at 4,400 rpm. However, the R/T Challenger engine is much more efficient compared to the SRT8. The R/T uses one gallon of fuel for every 16 miles in the city and every 25 miles on the highway while the SRT8, because of its larger and more powerful engine, uses one gallon of gas every 13 miles in the city or one gallon for every 19 highway miles. Both models use the same interior and exterior dimensions, but the SRT8 is heavier than the R/T. The price of the SRT8 is also higher, but it comes with upgrades such as an upgraded, self-leveling suspension.


1.Dodge Challenger started in the 1970s, but the decline of demand forced it to cease production.
2.Dodge Challenger was revived as a high-powered car in its third generation.
3.The SRT8 version of the Dodge Challenger offers a higher performance than the R/T, but the R/T provides better gas mileage.
4.Dodge Challenger R/T is cheaper, but the SRT8 comes with upgrades included in the package.

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