Dodge Muscle Cars: Past, Present and Future
When you shop your local Dodge car dealership, you’ll see a variety of options, from rugged pickup trucks to sleek, family sedans. Dodge is known for producing high-quality vehicles with great performance to match gorgeous design, no matter what style vehicle you are considering.
However, Dodge has made a reputation for itself with its muscle cars. Since the 1950s, Dodge has been producing muscle cars that look as beautiful as they are powerful. Many of these Dodge muscle cars have become iconic vehicles that are top finds for car collectors.
Here’s a brief look at the past, present and future of Dodge muscle cars:
Some of the Dodge muscle cars that are still being made today were introduced decades ago.
The 1968 Dodge Dart GTS 440 is an iconic muscle car that featured a 440-cubic inch Magnum V8 engine that put out 375 horsepower and 480 pounds per feet of torque. Two other engine sizes were available, but the Magnum V8 was the most powerful. The GTS could go from 0 to 60 mph in 5 seconds, which rivals many of the mid-range performance vehicles being produced today. The Dart didn’t look flashy, but it looked like it meant business.
Of course, you can’t have any conversation about Dodge muscle cars without talking about the Charger and Challenger. Both models had a good year in 1970. The Dodge Charger R/T from that year had a 426 Hemi V8 that produced 425 horsepower and 490 pounds per feet of torque. However, some tests indicated the car got up to 500 horsepower. That year also saw styling upgrades such as the chrome loop front bumper and new exterior color selections with names like Go Man Go!
The 1970 Challenger T/A was considered a racing vehicle, and it had a 340 V8 engine that put out between 290 and 350 horsepower. With its powerful engine and aerodynamic design, it could finish a quarter mile in just over 14 seconds. The Challenger also had a modified suspension system that gave it better handling.
You may not find some of these classic models at your local Dodge dealership in Miami, but you can find current models that are inspired by the design and engine technology of these past models.
The 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat is causing a lot of buzz right now. It is one of the most powerful Dodge cars ever produced (alongside the current Charger Hellcat). It has a 6.2-liter HEMI engine that puts out 707 horsepower and 650 pounds per feet of torque. It can finish the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds and can go from 0 to 60 mph in just over 3 seconds. It has a top track speed of 199 mph.
The 2015 Charger has very similar stats. It’s being touted as the fastest sedan ever, with a top track speed of 204 mph and a quarter-mile finishing time of 11 seconds. It also puts out 707 horsepower and 650 pounds per feet of torque.
The 2015 Dodge Viper also serves up some powerful performance, as well as a sleek design that is sure to turn heads on the road. The Viper has an all-aluminum 8.4-liter V10 engine that puts out 645 horsepower and 600 pounds per feet of torque. It also has a high-performance suspension system that provides better handling on the street and track. Drivers have greater control of driving options based on their terrain. High-performance brakes are also included for safety.
Even models like the Journey and Durango have been outfitted with higher-performance engines that give them more power and speed.
With such a storied history and the exciting technology already available in Dodge muscle cars, the future is looking very bright.
For next year, a new version of the Dodge Barracuda is expected to be introduced as a replacement for the Dodge Challenger, which is a bit larger and clunkier than some of its competitors. Little is known for sure, but rumors speculate that it would use the same engine as the current Challenger and would be a rear-wheel drive. However, there are also rumors that the car won’t ultimately be produced as a Dodge, but may fall under one of the other Chrysler name plates, or that it won’t be called the Barracuda.
Next year’s Viper will be a roadster that carries the largest engine for a production model — the 8.4-liter V10. It will have 640 horsepower and 600 pounds per feet of torque. The engine will be in the mid-front of the car, which provides better weight distribution for improved handling. It will also have an independent suspension system, providing better performance than most cars on the road.
Rumors are also circulating about a supercharged version of the Viper, which will produce 800 horsepower, far surpassing the amazing performance delivered by the current Hellcats. The lower estimates for the car come in at 750 horsepower, which will still outperform the current Charger and Challenger. However, one estimate even puts the supercharged Viper at an astounding 900 horsepower.
It may be several months before we learn any more about the supercharged Viper or any of Dodge’s other future muscle cars, but we’re sure that whatever is announced will impress us. Dodge has a history of performance, and we can trust that the brand will only continue to innovate and improve upon that tradition.
You can check out the current Dodge muscle cars by visiting Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram, a top Dodge dealership in Miami. You won’t find the Charger or Challenger Hellcats because demand for these cars is far outpacing supply. But you may be able to find the new Viper, Durango or other supercharged Dodge.
We also carry previously owned vehicles, so you may be able to find an older model of one of your favorite muscle cars from Dodge’s history. Visit Kendall Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram today to explore our selection and take a test drive of one of these muscle cars so you can feel the power for yourself.