Evolution of the Dodge Charger

As you all know I am a huge muscle car guy that appreciates the time and love it took to create some of the most iconic automobiles in American history. Ever since I was a child I was drawn to muscle cars like the Mustang, the Camaro, and of course the Dodge Charger. The Dodge Charger is one of the most iconic and raw muscle cars that is still very popular to this day. Since the very creation of the Charger in 1966 Dodge knew it had a winner and knew it would be a model that would stick around and appeal to generations down the line. Since I love the car so much I wanted to take this opportunity to give you all a brief history on the Dodge Charger.

Generation 1:

1966 Dodge Charger

1966 Dodge Charger

As I said, the Charger was brought into production in 1966 with their first generation model. The first generation model featured a two-door body with bucket seats on the interior. The car comfortably seat four people with high quality upholstery and vintage designs. The engine was a whopping 318 cu in, 5.2 L V8 with a 3-speed floor shifter. This was the base model but there were others produced at this time that featured larger and more powerful engines.

Generation 2:

The Dodge Charger underwent a slight change in its design for its second generation model. The new model cause an increase in sales for Dodge due to its interior and exterior design changes, including a new grill, round tail lights, and almost invisible headlights. Generation 2 was a definite improvement and one of my personal favorite models.

Generation 3:

In 1971 Dodge rolled out the third generation Charger that was available in 6 different packages with even more changes than generation 2. The grill was split, there was a semi fastback rear window, and featured a ducktail spoiler that added to the aerodynamics of the car. Again Dodge saw an increase in sales from the new model and the third generation Chargers lasted in production from 1971-1974.

Generation 4:

1975 Dodge Charger

1975 Dodge Charger

The fourth generation of Chargers were mass produced by Dodge during 1975 and went until 1978. Another re-styling of the iconic muscle car was made in an attempt to dip into the luxury car market and appeal to a new audience. Dodge also saw the money in the luxury market and produced another new model to help out known as the Magnum.

Generation 5:

One of the longest lasting production periods for the Charger allowed for some of the most interesting and diverse versions of the original Chargers. In 1982 the Charger resurfaced as a hatchback coupe with front-wheel-drive and had a five-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission. In 1983 the Shelby Charger was offered and then a turbo version was made available in 1984 which produced 148 horsepower and 160 pound-feet with a torque of 3200 rpm. Towards the end of the generation the electronics were given an overhaul however the power output remained the same.


Since 2006 the Dodge Charger was rolled out to the public as a sedan. The car currently is offered as a four-door or a two-door coupe style automobile and has undergone major cosmetic changes. There are currently multiple versions of the Charger available including ones with hemis, the R/T version, and the Charger SRT8 to name a few. The Dodge Charger has become a staple car for many people that have grown up with them throughout the years and continue to drive them. I personally have loved the evolution of the car and really enjoyed experiencing the different generations one after another.

Thank you for reading and be sure to check back again soon for more updates and interesting car information.

2016 Dodge Charger

The new Dodge Charger is here so let’s take a look at specs and reviews.

Miles Per Gallon: 19 city, 31 highway
These numbers don’t come as much shock as they are the same as the 2015 Charger

MSRP: $27,995
Again, the same numbers as the 2015 Charger.

The horsepower, curb weight, engine, and car volume are all the same as the 2015 Charger which begs the questions, what’s different about the 2016 Charger?

The SXT model now has 300 horsepower, up from 292 horsepower in the 2015 model. The grille in the front of the car has also changed to feature a gloss black grille and fascia insert. The rims are now 20 inch five spoke aluminum wheels.

Here is a video of a test drive as well as some photos of the car below:

2016 dodge charger

Google Car

Years ago, futurists predicted the year 2000 would be one of wonder and science. Cars with domed roofs zipping through the sky while we stand on automated sidewalks and take our meals entirely in pill form. Though that future may not have come true in its entirety, Google’s most recent development could be the next wave of the future. Having ripped a page out of Golden Age Sci-Fi and put it on the road, Google presents the self-driving car.

Showing off its most recent prototype last Saturday at the Community School of Music and Arts in Mountain View, California, Google proved that it owns the cutting edge. While prototypes of this vehicle were unveiled in May, Google has been road testing their latest creation since June. Keeping it sheltered from the public eye, Google kept their baby behind glass, only available for a chosen few to see.

Peter Bouchard - google carChris Urmson, the director of Google’s self-driving car program, announced the car’s many features. Along with your typical air-conditioning and power windows, you can elect to remove your accelerator pedal, brake pedal, and steering wheel. While the car does come with a fail-safe stop button, the final model will look entirely different. Only being a prototype, this early peek at what Google plans to offer has titillated many. Unveiling their vehicle as part of the Paint the Town project, Google sought local artists to submit artwork to be showcased on the vehicles. Introducing a concept as foreign and futuristic as a self driving car will take all the positive P.R. Google can muster.

With a history of successful innovations under their belt, it should come as no surprise that Google is the one to introduce such a major leap in the technology. While it may be several years before the highways are bustling with self-piloting cars, it’s no doubt that the future is upon us.

For more on this interesting topic, check it out on WashingtonPost.com here.

Cars of the Film Mad Max

Rusted, armored, and thundering down the road, the cars of Mad Max: Fury Road stole the show in this apocalyptic blockbuster. Director George Miller’s love for practical effects shows in every death machine that roared across the desert, meticulously built in a garage, and destroyed in the dunes. Some fan favorites have car fanatics clamoring to carve up their classics for that Mad Max feel, and below is a taste of the fuel-injected mayhem that left burning rubber on our hearts.

peter bouchard - mad maxMax’s classic makes a return in this most recent installment, but it has seen better days. This XB Falcon Coupe, aptly named The Interceptor, is a rusted relic. With its trademark supercharger sticking through the hood like the snout of a dragon, its low grumbling sound is something to hear echoing off the pavement. Though it doesn’t last long in the film, The Interceptor was an amazing throwback to the classic series, and a fan favorite of the film.

What is made of two Cadillac Coup De Villes, twin V8 engines, and a couple of Monster truck tires? If you guessed the villains principal vehicle, you guessed right. Dubbed The Gigahorse, this beast is a marvel of modern engineering. Its massive frame was custom built to support the weight of not only its chimera-like body, but also multiple flamethrowers and harpoon guns. This memorable monster could be road warriors closest companion, or make for a fun Sunday drive across the wasteland.

The beast at center stage during Fury Road, taking almost as much punishment as it could dish out, is known only as The War Rig. This fusion of hot rod and semi sports six-wheel drive, end-to-end V8 engines, and enough firepower to take a small city. With thick armor plates, and shells of smaller cars welded to the frame as bunkers, The War Rig stands defiant against the apocalypse.

Listed above are just snippets of what Fury Road has to offer. Dozens more cars tear up the street in this classic action film, each with a unique twist that’s never been seen before. George miller’s vision of a world where humanity struggles over gasoline has spawned some truly amazing gas guzzlers.

Best Selling Cars

Ranson E. Old created the mass market with his Curved Dash Olds, which sold 600 the first year, and in three years was selling 5,000 cars in the very early 20th century.  Here are the top 5 best selling cars of all time:

4. The Ford Escort

Over 20 million Escorts have been built since 1968, despite it being being out of production since 2000. To help compete with the Japanese cars which have been dominating the compact-car scene, Ford decided to introduce the Escort in both a two-door hatchback or four-door wagon models. After multiple design tweaks to both the body and the  engine, the Escort was considered a solid compact car for the price (base under $12,000). 

3. Volkswagen Beetle

The “Bug”, as it’s known, first hit the road in 1933 and has seen very little change in its design. It has been a very well-loved car for many decades, and it has sold more than 23 million. Mr. Walt Disnsey himself helped to further idoliz the car by making the movie “The Love Bug” in 1968. The Volkswagen Beetle has had international success all over the world. Volkswagen also re-introduced a newer model in the 1990s, and it became a favorite car for a new generation. Base price is  under $20,000.

2. Volkswagen Golf

Originally, this car was branded as the Rabbit when it was introduced in 1974.  This Volkswagen’s started at $17,995. To date, they have sold 27.5 million of these sedans.  The Golf has a reputation for being quick and fun. 

1. Ford F-Series

This pick-up truck, which which was first sold in 1948, happens to be the best-selling vehicle of 2011 and is second most sold car with 35 million  sold. The average price for is $22,990.