Dodge Charger Generations
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Dodge Charger Generations

By Autolist Staff | June 23, 2019

The Dodge Charger is an American car brand that has appeared in several different forms throughout its lifetime. It has been considered a muscle car as well as a full-size sedan, luxury coupe and even a subcompact hatchback.

2011 - Present Dodge Charger (LD 7th Generation)


The current generation of Charger changed its exterior design rather dramatically from the previous generation. The hood took on more of a throwback appearance and the taillights took on a vintage racetrack look. Engines included the 3.6-liter Pentastar V6, a 5.7-liter Hemi V8, a 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 and a 6.4-liter Hemi V8. Transmissions offered included five-speed and eight-speed automatics. The V6 engine was rated at 300 horsepower while the largest Hellcat's V8 put out 707 horsepower.

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2006 - 2010 Dodge Charger (LX 6th Generation)


The new generation of Charger debuted for the 2006 model year as a sedan, a departure from earlier generations which were largely coupes. This new model was considered half-sedan and half-muscle car; its design undoubtedly took cues from the more muscular look of earlier generations. It featured rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive and offered two V6s and two Hemi V8s. Transmission choices included a four- and five-speed automatic. The 250-horsepower, 3.5-liter V6 was in the base trims, while a 5.7-liter Hemi V8 put out 340 horsepower through 2008. In 2009, this went up slightly to 368. A 6.1-liter V8 on the SRT-8 model put out 425 horsepower.

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1982 - 1987 Dodge Charger (L-Body 5th Generation)


After taking a short production break, the Charger for this generation looked absolutely nothing like any Charger that came before it. It had transformed into a three-door subcompact hatchback with front-wheel drive. Along with this new, smaller look came smaller engines. Only inline-four cylinder engines were offered throughout its run, including two turbo versions. A four-speed Volkswagen manual transmission was offered along with a five-speed manual and a three-speed automatic. The wheelbase was now less than 100 inches, which made it about 20 inches shorter than most previous Chargers. The inline-four cylinder engines put out anywhere from 62 horsepower on the low end to 84 on the high end. Eventually, a Shelby Charger was introduced and it offered a high-compression engine that put out 107 horsepower. After this generation, the Charger would disappear for nearly 20 years.

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1975 - 1978 Dodge Charger (B-Body 4th Generation)


The Charger transformed into a luxury car for this generation and the body was redesigned to looked the part. Gone were the beefy muscle car lines, replaced with the sharp, stately lines of a sedan. The length increased by a whopping 10 inches from the previous generation. It was still a two-door car and transmission options remained the same and only V8 engines were offered. The standard engine was the two-barrel small block V8 with an optional high-performance four-barrel that featured 225 horsepower. The 1978 Charger was actually marketed as a Magnum, but it used the Charger body.

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1971 - 1974 Dodge Charger (B-Body 3rd Generation)


This generation was distinctive due to its split grille and slightly more rounded body. Options for the 1971 model included a rear spoiler and a pop-up scoop on the hood. As with the previous generation, a range of V8 engines were offered as well as the lone inline-six. Three-speed automatic and manual transmissions were available as well as a four-speed manual. The wheelbase decreased by two inches as did the overall length.

The 1972 model replaced the 383-cubic inch engine with a four-barrel 400-cubic inch unit that had lower compression. A 440-cubic inch engine continued to be available, but it also had lower compression and the horsepower went down to 280 from 350. The muscle car era more or less came to an end in 1974 for the Charger and all performance options were discontinued.

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1968 - 1970 Dodge Charger (B-Body 2nd Generation)


This generation of Charger, still built on the B-body platform, abandoned the sophisticated look of the first generation in its design. Both the rear and front clips now curved in what was known as a coke bottle profile. The wheelbase remained the same, but the car's overall length increased by about five inches. Again, mostly V8s were available in this generation, but a 3.7-liter inline-six cylinder unit was also offered for the first time for the 1969 and 1970 model years. The 1969 Charger featured two 383 cubic-inch V8 engines in the two-barrel and four-barrel. The former put out 290 horsepower and the latter topped out at 330 horsepower. This generation of Charger benefited greatly from being featured in popular media of the day. A 1969 Charger was featured in The Dukes of Hazzard TV show while a 1968 Charger R/T 440 was featured in the famous street chase in the movie Bullitt.

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1966 - 1967 Dodge Charger (B-Body 1st Generation)


The first generation of Dodge Charger debuted as a two-door fastback for the 1966 model year. This original Charger was a large, hefty car, and it didn't immediately have the muscle car image. The only engine available was a V8, which came in various sizes and could be paired with a three or four-speed manual transmission. There was also a three-speed automatic available. The largest engine was the 7.0-liter 426 Hemi, which put out 425 horsepower. The Charger also featured a unique interior with rear bucket seats, which could be folded down to provide more space that was accessible from the rear hatch. Other Charger-exclusive interior items for this generation included courtesy lights and instrument panels lit with electroluminescence instead of bulbs.

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