Looking Back - 2009 Dodge Challenger R/T Long-Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger Long Term Road Test

2009 Dodge Challenger R/T: Looking Back

October 22, 2009

1970 dodge challenger hemi.jpgEveryone likes to think "the old days" were better. In many ways they were -- common courtesy was actually common, gas was under a bucka gallon andthe musicians whomade the Billboard Top Ten actuallypossessed musical talent.But in others they weren't better; there was civil unrest, more pollution and no internet. But I digress...

Muscle car guys -- and I've been guilty of this too --like to think 1970 was the pinnacle of performance, at least that of the straight-line acceleration kind. Well, it was for a long time, what withthe LS6 Chevelle,455 Stage 1 Gran Sport and 426 Hemi Cudas and Challengers. Long story short, I was curious as to how our modern "small"5.7-liter Hemi Challenger (as opposed to the SRT's 6.1-liter Hemi) stacks up againstits larger-than-life1970 426 Hemi forebear. And yes, I know our long-termerbenefits from four additional decades of tire, suspension and brake technology advancements...

As a bonus, here'sa link to our history lesson on the Challenger (and its Plymouthcousin, the Barracuda).

2009 Challenger R/T Hemi:1970 Challenger R/T Hemi:

0-60 MPH: 5.5 sec 5.8 sec
1/4 Mile: 13.9 sec 14.0 sec
60-0 Braking: 128 ftHuh?

Slalom:64.7 mph What?

John DiPietro, Automotive Editor

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