Ranking of the best generations of the Dodge Charger

There are currently only seven generations of Charger, starting in 1966 when the first Charger car was introduced to the market. Of course, a few prototype cars were built a few years before that to show what buyers had in store for them in the near future. The first was a show car made in ’64, and the second was a concept car shown in 1965. Based on those designs and with positive feedback from their potential buyers, Dodge created and produced the first Charger to be purchased in the fall of . 65 for the next model year.


The clevernessThe charger’s name has been popular with muscle car enthusiasts ever since. Some new generations have made a habit of calling it a sports car. This is due to the fact that it is classified as one when signing up for insurance. But whatever you call it, there’s no question that the Dodge Charger is a step ahead of most other everyday cars you’ll come across. It’s roomy, muscular and offers a wide range of engines ranging from the powerful V6 to the monstrous supercharged V8 Hellcat.

And in fact the Charger has been just as good in the past. But as with all good things, some generations are much better than others. Below is a list of all eight generations of the Charger, starting with the worst first.

8/8 Fourth Generation: 1975 to 1978

Fourth-generation Dodge Charger: proud muscle car mistaken for a sports car.
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The fourth generation of the Dodge Charger reflected a time when consumers began clamoring for more luxury and less muscle. On the plus side, if luxury and muscle were both desired, a 400 cubic inch (6.6 liter) V8 engine could be tucked under the hood. On the other hand, a smaller 318 cubic inch (5.2L) V8 was available for those who wanted better fuel economy with their luxury. A 360 cubic inch (5.9 liter) V8 was also an option, splitting the difference.

Fourth generation Dodge Charger: the muscle car that is mistaken for a sports car.
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Still, the Charger is best known for its muscle car appeal, so one of the generations aspects we need to cover is its performance. It may not seem fair because of the generation gaps over the years. Innovative technology makes a dramatic difference, but it’s just a matter of personal judgment. The average 0 to 60 times for the generation was 11.7 seconds with a quarter mile time of 17.4 seconds. The fourth generation was almost the slowest of the group, a sign of the times called the “Malaise era” for performance cars.

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7/8 Fifth Generation: 1983 to 1987

Fifth generation Dodge Charger: The little sports car that used to be a muscle car.
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The L-body cars were the smallest body versions of the beast that used to rule the streets. Reducing the size certainly made the Charger lighter, but with fuel efficiency being one of the biggest concerns during the early part of the 1980s, the fifth generation Chargers never achieved the level of performance that most Dodge enthusiasts expected. The main engine that came with this series of Chargers was the 2.2L, but the buyer could also opt for a turbo version.

1985 Dodge Shelby Charger: The sports car that was once a muscle car.
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The shining star of this generation was the Dodge Shelby Charger. It had more horsepower than the average versions that focused more on fuel economy than performance. In terms of track numbers, the small car didn’t do too badly, with the turbocharged 2.2-litre versions giving an average quarter-mile time of 16 seconds. The time from 0 to 60 was about 8 seconds, not fast enough to challenge the Mustang GT or Camaro IROC-Z, but certainly respectable for an engine with half the number of cylinders.

6/8 Sixth generation: 2006 to 2010

Sixth generation Dodge Charger: The muscle car, called a sports car, which was produced with four doors.
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After being off the market for 20 years, Dodge has revived the muscle car once again. Working closely with the people at Mercedes, the new Charger has taken life from a combination of Benz and Chrysler parts. It was the most complex and advanced version of the Charger to date. The car was based on the LX platform and came with rear-wheel drive, or a four-wheel drive system that pushed 60% of the power to the rear tires and 40% to the front.

Sixth-generation Dodge Charger: The one-off muscle car reduced to everyday driving.
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The sixth generation Dodge Charger came with a variety of engines. It could be neutered with the small V6 that produced less power but achieved better fuel economy, or the car could be filled with a large Hemi V8 that could deliver 425 horsepower in the SRT8. Track times for the Charger SRT8 were blistering for any car, let alone a four-door sedan, as it could break the quarter in just 13.4 seconds. The time from 0 to 60 for that car was about 5 seconds flat. While most muscle car enthusiasts thought a four-door charger was an insult to the name, more practical gearboxes loved the space it offered. Related: 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy a Chrysler 300 (5 Reasons We’d Rather Have a Dodge Charger)

5/8 Third generation: 1971 to 1974

Third generation Dodge Charger: the muscle car now referred to as a sports car.
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The third generation Dodge Charger made its debut in 1971 and had a fresh look with even more bulging bodywork and a split grille in the middle. As the Coronet model lost its two-door body style and with it the Super Bee trim variant, the Super Bee was added to the Charger range for a year.

Third generation Dodge Charger: the muscle car that challenged sports cars.
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This generation came with many engine options. A little straight six (called the Slant Six) to satisfy the consumers who needed a daily driver who wouldn’t break the bank, all the way down to the 426 Hemi V8 that would give muscle car enthusiasts the adrenaline rush they were looking for. The Hemi could sprint to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds and scorch the quarter mile in just 13.7 seconds.

4/8 First generation: 1966 to 1967

First-generation Dodge Charger: The muscle car that can beat many sports cars today.
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The Charger was born in the middle of 1966. The car was marketed using the Chrysler B platform, just like the mid-sized Coronet. The original idea behind the car was to compete with the AMC Rambler Marlin, as well as the Chevelle, Cutlass, Le Mans and Fairlane. The only major area unique to the first generation Dodge Charger was the interior.

First-generation Dodge Charger: The muscle car that started the Charger series.
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The fastback style of the car gave it a powerful appearance, while the interior radiated luxury. The car had a full-length center console and bucket seats all around. That’s right, the first Chargers were built with four bucket seats, two in the front and two in the back. The car came standard with a 318 cubic inch engine, but it was optional on the 426 Hemi and 440 V8s. The Hemi was the fastest, with 0-60 mph done in 5.5 seconds, while having a quarter-mile time of 14 seconds.

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3/8 Seventh generation: 2011 to 2022 (to date)

Seventh Generation Dodge Charger: The muscle car that can take out sports cars these days.
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The seventh-generation Dodge Charger brought a lot of choices to the table. Engine choices ranged from the 3.6L Pentastar V6 to the 6.2L Supercharged V8 Hellcat. The 6.4L Hemi was also an option. Power ranged from about 300 horsepower for the V6 to a stunning 797 for the Hellcat “Redeye”. There have been as many finishes available as powertrain combinations since Dodge added something new to the car to keep it fresh and unique.

Seventh Generation Dodge Charger: The family car that brought back the idea of ​​Dodge muscle cars.
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Many cars of this generation were built specifically for police departments across the United States, but even with those specific modifications, they couldn’t match the best-performing Hellcat Redeye. When tested on the track, the Hellcat Redeye was able to erase the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds. That’s fast enough to easily blow the doors of just about any top muscle car from the ’60s or ’70s.

2/8 Second generation: 1968 to 1970

Second-generation Dodge Charger: The beast that was the pinnacle of the muscle car package.
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Second generation Dodge Chargers need no introduction. We can leave that to blockbuster movies like Sheet and The Fast and the Furious and of course on the small screen, The Dukes of Hazzard because they elevated this generation of the Charger to legendary status. The monster cars on the screen were not what the base car could do. As with other generations of the Charger, these offered engines ranging from mild to wild, or more specifically, from a 225 Slant Six to a 440 Magnum and a 426 Hemi.

Second generation Dodge Charger: The muscle car that was the best in many circles.
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Equipped with the 426 Hemi, a ’68-’70 charger could fly from 0 to 60 in 4.8 seconds and tear through the quarter mile in less than 14 seconds. During this generation, some incredible Chargers were offered, inspired by the cars Dodge had on the track. The birth of the 1969 Charger 500 with its recessed grille and rear window (for improved aerodynamics) was one of them, and when that wasn’t fast enough, the 1969 Charger Daytona, with its pointed nose and massive rear spoiler, came onto the scene. . The Charger Daytona had an impressive race success, but was produced exactly that one year. The following year, its cousin, the Plymouth Roadrunner, received similar aerodynamic adjustments for a version known as the Superbird, which also dominated the high-slope tracks, winning eight races. Related: Here’s What We Know About Dom’s V8 Dodge Charger in Fast and Furious 9

1/8 Final Thoughts

Dodge is one of the most influential automakers in American history. The Hellcat is a unique monster that probably won’t be matched for a while. Recent technological advances have made it possible for them to do amazing things, and the future is their oyster. The only thing holding them back is themselves and the regulations, of course.

2022 Dodge Charger: The muscle car that stands the test of time.
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Even back in the day, Chargers impressed every muscle car enthusiast, which continues to pass on to the new generation of buyers today. Movies have a big impact on the buyer, and having starred in countless blockbuster movies over the years, the Charger is a car that has achieved superstar status due to its reputation as well as its performance.

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