For the past 50 years, since the first Dodge Charger took to the streets in 1966, Americans have enjoyed an obsession with power, performance and style. The 1966 model was the brand’s first purpose-built muscle car, and left the competition in the dust with an enormous, optional 426 HEMI® V8 engine that pumped out 425 horsepower at 5, 000 rpm and 490 pound-feet of torque at 4, 000 rpm. The ’66 Dodge Charger was a flat-out menace on the asphalt,…Read More
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By Steve Magnante
As we celebrate 50 years of 426 HEMI® engine power, let’s remember that Chrysler Corp. actually created three distinct generations of this fabled dome-head power plant. The first generation appeared in Chrysler vehicles in 1951 and — with unique variations for use in Dodge and DeSoto models — was offered through the 1958 model run. The second generation is the one racers love. That’s the mighty 426 HEMI engine of the 1964–1971 era.
Of course, the third generation of the HEMI engine is what’s driving so much excitement at Dodge these days….Read More
Welcome back to the Dodge Heritage Series, a 10-part exploration of Dodge brand history. This is Part 5 in the series.
The 1960s were a memorable time for Dodge. It was the golden age of the American muscle car, and Dodge was on the cutting edge of performance, engineering and styling and would lead the way in producing some of the most exciting cars of the era.
Dodge didn’t offer just one high-performance nameplate during these years, but an entire…Read More