1970 Dodge Challenger

1970 DODGE CHALLENGER CHANGES EVERYTHING
Up until now, Dodge (and Plymouth for that matter) had precious little to offer young, credit-approved buyers who were cross-shopping Mustangs, Camaros and Firebirds. The Charger wasn’t a true “Pony Car”, it was too big. It made a great muscle car though, appealing to the same buyers who might consider a Chevelle SS or a GTO. Plymouth’s Barracuda wasn’t doing much better. Chrysler launched its E-body twins, the Dodge Challenger and the slightly smaller Plymouth Barracuda in the fall of ’69 as 1970 models. There was no doubt, these were true Pony Cars, in their own unique way, and a real threat to “Brand X and Y”.
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1970 DODGE CHALLENGER LOADED WITH OPTIONS
Chrysler did something that no one else in the muscle car business had been willing to do: offer its entire inventory of engines, large and small. From the lowly 225 Slant Six to the ground-shaking 426 Hemi, you could get them all in the new Dodge Challenger and Plymouth Barracuda. That combined with an astounding array of options and option packages made the E-body twins among the most versatile Pony Cars of the era. In fact, it was so versatile, and big that it blurred the lines between Pony Car and Muscle Car as few others did. 1970 was the only year for the Challenger T/A package with the 340 Six-Pack engine, a car meant to compete in SCCA racing. Or, for street cred, you could get a Challenger R/T with a range of big blocks or the might Hemi. The Challenger SE or Special Edition was a trim package, upgrading the interior & trim, and could be applied to other models. The ’70 Challenger was built in 2 body styles, Coupe and Convertible.

1970 Dodge Challenger ENGINES

1970 DODGE CHALLENGER ENGINE OPTIONS
Base Challengers came standard with the 225ci slant-six. V8 power began with the optional 2-barrel 318 small block V8 making 230hp. Next up was the 340 small block V8, and a range of 383 big blocks, a 2-barrel making 290hp and a 4-barrel making 325hp. The 440 Magnum big block V8 was good for 375hp with single 4-barrel. But when coupled with three 2-barrel carburetors, it became the 440 Six-Pack and made 390hp. Then on top of the heap was “The Elephant Motor”, the almighty 426 Hemi, with two 4-barrels and 425hp (grossly understated). Then in the 1970-only Challenger T/A, the only engine available was a 340 Six-Pack backed up by a 4-speed, heavy duty limited-slip differential, and a host of performance equipment.

340 SIX-PACK

383 MAGNUM

440 SIX-PACK

426 HEMI w/SHAKER HOOD


1970 Dodge Challenger INTERIORS


1970 Dodge Challenger SPECIFICATIONS

Body style

Model # / Body style #

Price when new

   Challenger R/T

   Challenger T/A

Production

    Challenger, 6 cyl

    Challenger, V8

    Challenger R/T, V8

          w/383 V8

          w/440 V8

          w/440 Six-Pack

          w/426 Hemi

   Challenger T/A

Wheelbase

Length

Width

Track, front

Track, rear

Weight

     Challenger

     Challenger R/T

     Challenger T/A

ENGINE OPTIONS

G-code

H-code

J-code

L-code

L-code

N-code (R/T-only)

R-code (R/T-only)

U-code (R/T-only)

V-code (R/T-only)

2-door Hardtop

JH / 23

(V8) $2,953

$3,266

$4,056

46,880

9,929

36,951


9,067

2,802

1,640

287

2,399

110.0 in

191.3 in

76.3 in

59.7 in

61.6 in


(V8) 3,118 lbs

3,402 lbs

3,650 lbs


318ci OHV V8, 1X2bbl

340ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl

340ci OHV V8, 3X2bbl

383ci OHV V8, 1X2bbl

383ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl

383ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl

426ci HEMI V8, 2X4bbl

440ci OHV V8, 1X4bbl

440ci OHV V8, 3X2bbl

2-dr Sports Hardtop

JH / 27

(v8) $3,185

$3,498


6,223

350

5,873


2,522

875

296

60








(V8) 3,148 lbs

3,437 lbs



230 hp / 320 lb/ft

275 hp / 340 lb/ft

290 hp / 345 lb/ft

275 hp / 390 lb/ft

330 hp / 425 lb/ft

300 hp / 400 lb/ft

425 hp / 490 lb/ft

375 hp / 480 lb/ft

390 hp / 480 lb/ft

2-door Convertible

JH / 27

(V8) $3,198

$3,535


2,921

378

2,543


692

163

99

9








(V8) 3,198 lbs

3,467 lbs



 


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