The exterior design of the first generation was designed by Carl Cameron, who also designed Dodge Charger in 1966. Although Challenger was well received by the public (in 1970 they sold 76935 machines), it was criticized by the press, and moreover the sales of the pony car segment declined.
After 1970, the sales plummeted, and in mid-1974 Challenger production ceased. About 165500 copies of the first generation Challenger were sold.
Model coupe was offered in four versions:
- Challenger Six
- Challenger V8
- Challenger T/A (only in 1970)
- Challenger R/T.
Version of the Challenger R/T with the convertible body was only available in 1970 and 1971. On December 3 2007, Chrysler started accepting applications for the Dodge Challenger of the second generation. In 2015 Dodge updated Challenger with Dodge Challenger headlights. It had got front and rear lights. The version was created with V6 and V8 engines and had a volume of 3.6 l(305hp..), 5.7 l(capacity of 380hp.) and 6.4 l(power 480hp.) respectively.
Among three sold muscle cars from Detroit, the Dodge Challenger is the most faithful to its ancestors in terms of style, driving dynamics and its general nature. Despite such not good control, as its competitors have, it is one of the best cars that you can ride just for pleasure — and it is due to spacious and comfortable interior and "classic" exterior, which returns us to the past.
The Challenger is built on a shortened version of the LX rear-drive platform that was used when creating the first generation of Dodge Charger and Chrysler 300. Although it is perfect for the above full-size sedans, the platform is a little too big for a two-door car, which Challenger is, and in addition, it contributes to gaining excess weight. However, this architecture allows having quite big and spacious interior in which adults can be accommodated comfortably in the rear seats; this fact is a rarity among muscle cars.
Dodge Challenger HID headlights and halo head light.
Strong body of sheet metal with vintage items which rests on the changed basis from the sedan, and attracts special attention of others is perhaps the greatest advantage of the car. Everything that made the original Challenger be a classical car is a long and narrow opening in front, closed with grille, with the headlights for dodge Challenger on the sides, wings, reminiscent of bottles from Coca-Cola, and one long taillight at the full width of the body with HID headlights, which is present in one form or another in the new model.
Dodge has tweaked the look of Challenger.
The panels of the main body are untouched. All cosmetic changes are focused at both ends of the car. In the front there are a new split grille, more massive "hump" on the hood and new LED headlights with running lights. The taillights in the style of the race track gave way to more divided everyday items.
Dodge Challenger LED headlights assembly.
As it was before, the new 2015 Dodge Challenger will appear in 8 trim levels (SXT, SXT Plus, R/T, R/T Plus, R/T Shaker, R/T Plus Shaker, 6.4 Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker.) and will be built in the Canadian province of the plant Brampton Assembly Plant. The production of the muscle car is scheduled to start in the third quarter of 2014, with the installation of one of three powerful engines.
- L. the 3.6 Pentastar V6 - 305 HP (SXT and SXT Plus);
- 5.7 l HEMI V8 - 375 HP (555 Nm) (R/T, R/T Plus and R/T Plus Shaker);
- L. a 6.4 HEMI V8 485 HP (643 Nm) (6.4 Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker).