"Challenger Dodge" - the legend of American roads
The history of the car "Dodge Challenger" lasts alreadyseveral decades and does not intend to end. A legendary machine, a classic muscle car that defies time. Created as a response to competitors - the "Mustang" and "Camaro", "Challenger" continues to fight and does not lose ground.
Rapid design was created by Carl Cameronin 1969. Already for the first 1970th year of sales, almost 77 thousand cars were sold. After the case went worse, demand for cars fell heavily and in 1974 the model was discontinued. Even the restyling carried out in 1972 did not save the Challenger - the Dodge was selling worse, environmental standards were getting tougher, and constant attacks from the press finally "finished off" the car.
This first-generation car could boasta wide range of units - from the "small" 3.7-liter Slant 6 to the monstrous V-shaped "eight" 426 HEMI with a capacity of 425 horsepower! "Dodge Challenger", 1969, was sold with three variants of transmission - a three-stage hydromechanical "automatic" and three- and four-stage "mechanics".
In February 2008, at the showrooms in Chicago andPhiladelphia again appeared "Challenger" - "Dodge" "rose from the ashes." As expected, his return made a real sensation - all copies of the produced cars were sold before the official start of production. Designers managed to make a beautiful modern car, while retaining the recognizable classic features of the old "Challenger". But the "stuffing" has become a completely modern - 3,6-liter V6, 5.7-liter Hemi V8 and top Hemi V8 volume of 6.4 liters are paired with a 5-step "automatic" and 6-speed "mechanics".
There is also the second generation of "Challenger" - "Dodge"Available in three versions: SE, R / T and SRT8. The simplest SE modification is equipped with a Chrysler SOHC 3.5 V6 engine with a capacity of 250 hp. Also, the basic equipment includes light-alloy 17-inch wheels, air conditioning and cruise control. There is a package of options SE Rallye, which already contains 18 disks, a spoiler, carbon inserts in the cabin and double strips on the hood and trunk. The middle class (if this concept applies to a car like the Challenger) is the R / T version, whose name stands for Road and Track. This - semisportive cars that have in the arsenal of more than 370 horsepower. At the request of the customer, you can additionally supply the differential of increased friction and an adjustable rear suspension. At the end of 2010, a small series of "Challenger Dodge" - Mopar "10 - for a further 10 horsepower" gray "cars with three variants of bands on the body was released, but the" coolest "version - SRT8 - has a huge engine of 6.4 HEMI, developing 470 hp and "firing" almost two-ton car to a speed of 100 km / h in less than five seconds.
Such charismatic machine as "Challenger", notcould be deprived of the attention of filmmakers. Auto appears in several dozen Hollywood movies and even animated series, as well as in many computer games.
In America itself, the "Dodge Challenger" pricestarts from 40 000 dollars, but buyers from all over the world do not bother - cars are in deserved demand and they are not going to leave the market. No wonder Challenger translates as "challenging".