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Body style: Coupé (two-door)
Segment: Large

Dodge built the 1969 Charger 500 to get the homologation and race in NASCAR, but it couldn't win the championship despite all the efforts.

By the late '60, the carmakers understood that aerodynamics plays a crucial role in motorsport, and they tried to adapt as soon as possible. Chrysler worked with Lockheed-Martin and studied the Dodge Charger in their aerodynamic tunnel. The standard vehicle was a disaster, and modifications followed. The first result was the Charger 500, which was supposed to dominate the NASCAR championship but lost it to Ford. Chrysler had to build at least 500 vehicles, but somewhere on the way, it lost the count and stopped at less than 400 units.

At the front, the car sported the same four round headlights and a thinner metallic bumper. Its grille was flush to the hood's leading edge. It was supposed to have an apron too, but Bill France (then the head of NASCAR) was reluctant in aerodynamic features and didn't approve it. On the A-pillars, the engineers added chromed elements that made the air ran smoother to the sides. The most significant modification was at the rear, where the taillights were installed into a cavity that formed huge swirls over the trunk. Instead of redesigning the entire rear panel, the carmaker added a clear panel over the taillights, and that fixed the problem.

The interior was mostly a stock Charger with some unique badges. Its vinyl-covered bucket seats sported adjustable headrests, but those counted only for the street vehicles. On the manual gearbox versions, the carmaker installed an angled gear-stick toward the driver.

Under the hood, Dodge installed a choice of two engines: a 426 Hemi and, after some debates, a 440, respectively. Chrysler offered the car with the latter to help it sell more units.

DODGE Charger 500 1969 - 1970 5 Photos
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DODGE Charger 500 1969 - 1970
  3 gasoline engines
  • 7.0 V8 3AT (425 HP)
  • 7.0 V8 4MT (425 HP)
  • 7.2 V8 3AT (375 HP)

DODGE Charger 500 7.0 V8 3AT (425 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0 V8 3AT (425 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6974 cm3
Power
316.9 KW @ 5000 RPM
430.9 HP @ 5000 RPM
425 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
490 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
664 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
2 Carburetors
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
F70 - 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
208 in (5283 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
53.2 in (1351 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.7/59.2 in (1,516/1,504 mm)
Wheelbase
117 in (2972 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3924 lbs (1780 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
8.5 mpg US (27.7 L/100Km)

DODGE Charger 500 7.0 V8 4MT (425 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0 V8 4MT (425 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
6974 cm3
Power
316.9 KW @ 5000 RPM
430.9 HP @ 5000 RPM
425 BHP @ 5000 RPM
Torque
490 lb-ft @ 4000 RPM
664 Nm @ 4000 RPM
Fuel System
2 Carburetors
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
4-speed manual
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
F70 - 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
208 in (5283 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
53.2 in (1351 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.7/59.2 in (1,516/1,504 mm)
Wheelbase
117 in (2972 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4034 lbs (1830 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
9 mpg US (26.1 L/100Km)

DODGE Charger 500 7.2 V8 3AT (375 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.2 V8 3AT (375 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7206 cm3
Power
279.6 KW @ 4600 RPM
380.2 HP @ 4600 RPM
375 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
480 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
651 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
Fuel
Gasoline
TRANSMISSION SPECS
Drive Type
Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox
3-speed automatic
BRAKES SPECS
Front
Discs
Rear
Drums
TIRES SPECS
Tire Size
F70 - 15
DIMENSIONS
Length
208 in (5283 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
53.2 in (1351 mm)
Front/rear Track
59.7/59.2 in (1,516/1,504 mm)
Wheelbase
117 in (2972 mm)
Ground Clearance
5.1 in (130 mm)
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
3803 lbs (1725 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
9.3 mpg US (25.3 L/100Km)
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