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

Chrysler was losing ground in front of Ford on the NASCAR racetrack and ordered its engineers to do something about it, and the answer was the Charger Daytona.

While the Charger was a respected name in the muscle-car arena, its name was unknown in the victory circle. The engineers returned to their drawing boards and came up with the Daytona version. It was unique on the market, and it led to NASCAR regulation changes.

The Daytona version was easy to spot due to its 2' (610 mm) high rear wing on the trunk, which attracted more views than the steel cone from the front. Unlike the regular Charger, the Daytona version featured pop-up headlights. Chrysler's engineers came with an aerodynamic package solution to prevent the big brick from lifting from the ground at higher speeds. Chrysler tested the car in the Lockheed-Martin wind tunnel, and it showed a 20% improvement in its aerodynamic. It proved that at Talladega raceway were Buddy Baker reached 200.447 mph (322.58 kph). It was the first NASCAR race-car to exceed the 200 mph barrier.

Inside, all Charger Daytonas featured a wood panel as the dashboard, with two large dials in front of the driver and another four gauges on its right side. Its standard front bucket seats didn't feature a high bolstering for the street versions since they were changed anyway for track use.

Dodge installed a choice of two engines under the Daytona's hood: the standard 7.2-liter Magnum V-8 with an option for the 7.0-liter Hemi engine, which was much more powerful. Since the car was based on the Charger R/T version, it featured a heavy-duty suspension and brake system.

DODGE Charger Daytona 1969 - 1969 15 Photos
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DODGE Charger Daytona 1969 - 1969
  4 gasoline engines
  • 7.0L V8 3AT (425 HP)
  • 7.0L V8 4MT (425 HP)
  • 7.2L V8 3AT (375 HP)
  • 7.2L V8 4MT (375 HP)

DODGE Charger Daytona 7.0L V8 3AT (425 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L 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
226 in (5740 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
53 in (1346 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4079 lbs (1850 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
11 mpg US (21.4 L/100Km)

DODGE Charger Daytona 7.0L V8 4MT (425 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.0L 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
226 in (5740 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
53 in (1346 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4189 lbs (1900 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
12 mpg US (19.6 L/100Km)

DODGE Charger Daytona 7.2L V8 3AT (375 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.2L 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
482 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
654 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
226 in (5740 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
53 in (1346 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4101 lbs (1860 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
9.6 mpg US (24.5 L/100Km)

DODGE Charger Daytona 7.2L V8 4MT (375 HP)

ENGINE SPECS  –  7.2L V8 4MT (375 HP)
Cylinders
V8
Displacement
7206 cm3
Power
279.6 KW @ 4600 RPM
380.2 HP @ 4600 RPM
375 BHP @ 4600 RPM
Torque
482 lb-ft @ 3200 RPM
654 Nm @ 3200 RPM
Fuel System
Carburetor
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
226 in (5740 mm)
Width
76.7 in (1948 mm)
Height
53 in (1346 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)
Aerodynamics (Cd)
0.28
WEIGHT SPECS
Unladen Weight
4123 lbs (1870 kg)
FUEL ECONOMY (NEDC)
Combined
10.5 mpg US (22.4 L/100Km)
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