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A History of Dodge Horsepower

3rd October 2018

Over its 100 year history, Dodge has put out some of the most memorable performance cars ever seen, and some of the most underappreciated. Join us as we take a look back at some of the most iconic Dodge performance cars of all time.

1968 Dart GTS 440

In 1968, you could buy a Dodge Dart with a 440-cubic-inch “Magnum” V-8. Called the Dart GTS 440, it was small but mighty. Packing well over 375-hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque (both likely underrated for insurance reasons), the GTS 440 was capable of 60-mph in only 5 seconds and a quarter mile time of 13.3 seconds.

1969 Coronet Super Bee “Six Pack”

The Coronet Super Bee of the late 60s packed a 440 Magnum V-8 fitted three Holley two-barrels bolted to an Edelbrock manifold, hence the name “Six Pack.” This boosted engine output to 390-hp and a whopping 490 lb.-ft. of torque! The Six Pack was Dodge’s fastest sedan and slightly outperformed by the Hemi Super Bee.

1970 Charger R/T Hemi

The 1970 Charger R/T housed the 426 Hemi V-8 as the years before, putting out 425-hp and 490 lb.-ft. of torque. New for 1970 was a redesign featuring a chrome loop front bumper and the cool full-width tail lamp housing. The color selections got some punch too with wild colors like “Plum Crazy,” “Super Yellow,” and “Go, ManGo!”

1986 Shelby Omni GLH-S

You may have noticed the large gap in years between this entry and the previous. Thanks to our friends at Brookfield Chrysler (brookfieldchrysler.net) we discovered that there is a good reason for this. Throughout the 1970s, higher-than-ever gas prices and a focus on fuel economy turned many American manufacturers away from the horsepower wars, Dodge included. But in the mid-80s, Dodge developed a partnership with racing legend Carroll Shelby and released several Shelby-badged models. The best one was the Shelby Omni GLH-S. With 175 hp and capable of 0-60 in less than 7 seconds, the Omni GLH-S was Dodge’s first and only true hot hatchback!

1992 Viper RT/10

When the Viper debuted in 1992, it made waves in the media. With an almighty 8.0-liter V-10 from Dodge’s Ram trucks division, and the Viper was more than a handful. With 400-hp and 465 lb-ft, the Viper was one of the most intense set of wheels money could buy. Sold without a roof, side windows, or air conditioning, and lacking ABS, only the brave dared to drive one.

2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat

At this point, there may not be much that you don’t know about the Hellcat, but it still deserves recognition on this list. With an astonishing 707-hp and top speed of 199-mph, the Challenger Hellcat was the most extreme muscle car ever made, by far.  Now that the Hellcat has caused such a splash in the muscle car world, it’s safe to say that for Dodge, the glory days are back.

Corey is an all round tech guru who has worked at some major blue chip companies. He started Poweronemedia to share his views and knowledge with the rest of the blogging world.