Five Fast Facts about the Dodge Charger
- During the 1960s, Chrysler envisioned to create a car from its Dodge Division to compete with the luxury and specialty car segments, where Ford Mustang and Ford Thunderbird have secured their thrones. The most requested concept by the Dodge Dealer Council was a Barracuda-type vehicle like the Plymouth's, but it was made clear to make it distinct. Thus, a fastback Dodge Charger was launched in 1966 in an auto show to dominate in the untapped market of mid-size automobiles.
- First launched in 1964 as a roadster-style show car, the Dodge Charger is equipped with 373 or 385 hp using a 426 Wedge V8 engine-Chrysler's main performance B engine before the 426 Hemi. It was based on the Dodge Polara, the manufacturer's top-of-the-line full size car in 1960. However, during the production of the first Chargers, it was based on the Dodge Coronet, which had the B-body platform.
- The 426 Hemi was regarded as the mightiest engine available from Chrysler during the 1960s. It was also one of the most powerful street engines. This powerful engine was unique to the 468 Dodge Chargers in 1966.
- The Super Bee version of the Dodge Charger, powered by 6.1 liter Hemi engine with 425 hp, shocked the world during its debut in an auto show in 2006 with its unique Detonator Yellow body color and black decals. The limited number of 1000 Bee models were sold worldwide. A blue version of this Bee became available in 2008. The 2012 model of the Bee comes in Stinger Yellow and Pitch Black hues.
- In 2006, American police departments such as LAPD and NYPD adopted the squad-car version of the Dodge Charger-complete with upgraded heavy-duty brakes, an Electronic Stability Program, police performance-tuning steering. This model is designed for police equipment and accessories, such as siren and light controls. Powered by a 340-hp Hemi V8 engine, this potent rig was built specifically for the law enforcers' operations. The Charger squad cars also made appearances on various American movies and TV series as CSI: NY (2004-2012), Scream 4 (2011), and The Amazing Spiderman (2012) during police car chase scenes.