After chaos ensued, a few designers at Dodge came up with a concept car. The new design was based on the 1964 Dodge Polara and looked terrific. It had no roof, a chopped windshield, and a roll bar thingy. Powering it was the 426 ci (7.0-liter) Hemi V8 (until it was reaped out and replaced by a stock 383 engine because of Hemi shortages). On the side of that wannabe rollbar was a badge written in cursive that said: Charger.
Of course, they only started to sell it after a while, but it got people talking, and finally, Dodge started producing a cheap sporty car of their own. The Charger name was first used as a package on the Dodge Dart GT Charger. But they still needed to solve their Mustang problem. They needed an entire car, not just a badge slapped on a limited run of vehicles. Their sister brand, Plymouth, launched the Barracuda to fuel the fire, putting more pressure on Mopar muscle to do something.
In 1968, Dodge's design studio cooked up something pretty special. Richard Sias, the head of design, visioned an entirely new look for the Charger. The latest iteration borrowed a few design cues from the previous one but cranked them up to 11 and placed them in a brand new Coke-bottle styling.
Also that year, a brand new package was introduced called the R/T, which took the Charger to the next level, making it the best possible version of what a 3,700 lbs (1,700 kg) sports car could be. Now, to see what makes it so good, let's look at this one from 1970 and analyze it more profoundly.
On the outside, the 1970 Charger, the last year of the second generation, followed the same principle as the redesign from 1968 but did a little better. The main differences are the grille and the taillights, cementing the shape we still have today. This Charger is finished in the popping Hemi Orange with black tail stripes.
Moving on to the interior, it is mostly original and finished in black but accented by gray inserts on the seats and a whole lot of chrome. Adding a little class to the mix is a wooden dashboard and a wood-rimmed steering wheel, which fronts a 150 mph (240 kph) speedometer and an 8,000 rpm tachometer alongside a few other gauges.
Now, it's time we get under that long hood of the Charger. You had many engine options, from a small slant-six to massive V8s. This particular model, being the R/T, featured two engine options: the infamous 426 Hemi and the colossal 440 ci (7.2-liter) Magnum V8 - which is the one this particular Charger has. The 440 was also available in two different configurations. One with the Six-Pack (three two-barrel carburetors) with 390 hp (395 ps), and the one that this Charger has. While it only has one quad-barrel carb, the power output is still a respectable 375 hp (380 ps), going to the rear wheels via a four-speed automatic transmission with the ultra-cool pistol-grip shifter.