With its wild twin-nostril grille and integrated front bumper, the 1970 Dodge Coronet R/T is one of the most distinctive-looking muscle cars of the era. It’s virtually impossible to mistake the ’70 R/T for anything else—it’s that different.
The unique front end treatment was created by Dodge stylist Diran Yazejian, a graduate of the prestigious Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. While the bumper looks like two separate components, it’s actually one continuous stamping with sheet metal covering the middle. The look tends to be highly polarizing as enthusiasts either love it or hate it. But there’s one thing for sure: Yazejian wasn’t looking over anyone’s shoulder. And as the years go by, the aggressive nose only seems to gain more character.
Mechanically similar to its Coronet sibling, the Super Bee, the R/T was equipped with more comfort and appearance features, including a deluxe all-vinyl interior with carpeting, bucket seats and a center console. Exterior extras included twin hood scoops and matching trim scoops on the rear quarter panels with red-on-chrome R/T badging. Unlike many high-performance muscle cars of the period, the R/T was also offered in an otherwise identical convertible model.
Like all Dodge muscle cars, the Coronet R/T offered a long list of hardcore performance hardware. Standard equipment was the 440 Magnum V8 with 375 horsepower and a choice of four-speed manual transmission or Torqueflite three-speed automatic. Both gearboxes included a standard console-mounted shifter. Optional engines included the 440 Six Pack V8, promising 390 horsepower with three two-barrel Holley carburetors, and the legendary 426 Hemi® engine, king of the hill in the muscle car wars. The Dodge Coronet R/T offered buyers the ultimate in both style and street cred.