Dodge Charger Daytona: Then and Now

April 6th, 2017 by

Dodge Charger Dayrona then and now

Last week we took a look at the three new Challenger T/A trims that Dodge reintroduced for the 2017 model year. Alongside the reproduction of the Challenger T/A, which was born in 1970, Dodge also recreated the Dodge Charger Daytona, a model originally produced in 1969. Here’s an indepth look at the 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona and the newest 2017 Charger Daytona trims.

Dodge Charger Daytona: 1969 and 2017

Then (1969)

Through the past 48 years, the Dodge Charger has changed a lot. The Charger was originally a two-door muscle car and the Charger Daytona was a purpose-built production run for NASCAR.  At the Talladega 500 in 1969, the driver of the Charger Daytona, Buddy Baker, was the first NASCAR driver to break 200 mph speed barrier. That year, the Charger Daytona won two NASCAR races.

Production of the ‘69 Charger Daytona was limited to 501 units and the model had a starting price just under $4,000. Since production of the original models was so limited, they are valuable today and the cost for an original 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona might range anywhere from $100,000 to $1,000,000.

The 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona was available with a 426 cu. in. HEMI V8 engine or a 440 cu. in. Magnum V8 engine.The 426 cu. in. engine produced 425 horsepower and the 440 cu. In. engine produced 375 horsepower.  The Charger Daytona was equipped with a large rear spoiler, a special more pointed “nose cone” front grille to improve aerodynamics and a heavy-duty suspension.

Now (2017)

Revived for the 2017 model year, Dodge brought back two Charger Daytona trims, the Charger Daytona and Charger Daytona 392. The Charger Daytona is equipped with a 370-horsepower 5.7L HEMI V8 engine and the Charger Daytona 392 is equipped with a 485-horsepower 6.4L SRT HEMI V8 engine.

Unlike the ‘69 Charger Daytona, the ‘17 Charger Daytona models are four-door models, however, these special Charger Daytona trims have extra performance parts like the ‘69 Charger Daytona. Ther ‘17 Charger Daytona and Daytona 392 both have Mopar cold-air induction system with conical air filter and an electronically controlled 2.75-inch active performance exhaust system. Also, both ‘17 Charger Daytona models come standard with a performance spoiler, though it is not quite as noticeable as the spoiler on the ‘69 model. Additionally, Dodge brought back a little more of the heritage flair with the re-introduction of some of the classic High Impact Paint (HIP) colors that were popular on ‘60s and ‘70s Charger models.

The starting price for the 2017 Dodge Charger Daytona is $39,995 and the Charger Daytona 392 is $44,995.

Interested in getting into one of these iconic Charger models? Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram is South Florida’s Dodge dealer and we have all of the latest models available. You can check out our entire lineup of Dodge Chargers and other Dodge inventory online here.

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