Charger fans upset over new model

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by MoPar Man, Dec 9, 2004.

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    MoPar Man Guest

    Charger fans upset over new model?

    And speaking of reviving popular old car names, Chrysler group is
    doing that with a new Dodge sedan based on the also-new Chrysler 300
    sedan chassis.

    But calling it a Charger apparently is upsetting some of the diehard
    Charger fans who revere the muscle cars from the late '60s and '70s.

    The industry weekly Automotive News reported recently that Chrysler is
    even getting "hate mail" over the plans to call the new sedan a
    Charger, primarily because the car will be a sedan, and not a coupe as
    the original Chargers were.

    Still, Dodge plans to roll out the new Charger in January as an early
    2006 model, and it will sit in the lineup beside the Dodge Magnum,
    which essentially is a wagon version of the new Charger (even though
    the Magnum came first).

    One thing that will remain true to the early Chargers is the
    availability of a Hemi V-8 engine in the new model, as is offered in
    the Chrysler 300 and the Magnum.

    The car will get the same 5.7-liter, 340-horsepower Hemi V-8 that is
    used in those cars as well as in the all-new 2005 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

    As with those other cars, the Hemi in the Charger will have the
    cylinder-deactivation feature that cuts out four cylinders during
    highway cruising to increase fuel economy.

    That was definitely not offered on the early Chargers, which could be
    notorious gas-guzzlers.
    MoPar Man, Dec 9, 2004
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    TOM KAN PA Guest

    << Charger fans upset over new model? >>

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    Interesting article, especially the pictures. An article about the Dodge
    Charger was accompanied by a picture of a Saturn coupe and a Pontiac Solstice.
    TOM KAN PA, Dec 9, 2004
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    Joe Guest

    Are the 2.2 liter 1983 Charger owners going to revolt as well?
    Joe, Dec 10, 2004
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    SRG Guest

    We're those "Chargers" the ones that looked like Dodge Omnis????
    SRG, Dec 10, 2004
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    KokomoKid Guest

    Yep, they were like the two door Omni which was called "O24" the first few
    KokomoKid, Dec 10, 2004
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    SRG Guest

    Now THAT should have really pissed off Charger buffs......

    SRG, Dec 10, 2004
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    Steve Guest

    It DID piss off this Charger buff... but then they came out with the
    turbo version and the GLHS, and some of the sin of calling a front-drive
    econo car a "Charger" was forgiven :p

    I personally like the new Charger. I'm disappointed that it is more like
    the Magnum than like the Charger show car from a few years back (which I
    REALLY liked) but at least the correct wheels (rear) put the correct
    type of power (v8) to the ground!
    Steve, Dec 10, 2004
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    Jeff Wieland Guest

    1982 was the first year. 4 speed and no muffler -- they were noisy
    but fun to drive. They had lower gear ratio in them than the standard
    O24's, and the ground effects skirts.

    In 1983 the 5 speed A-465 came along, and with a muffler they were
    much quieter on long trips. I had an '83 for a while -- it was very
    happy at 70+ mph with the cruise set (back in the days of 55 mph speed

    The Challenger fans seemed to be a lot more ticked off when the
    Mitsubishi-build "Challenger" came along in, what was it?, 1978.
    Jeff Wieland, Dec 14, 2004
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    Jeff Wieland Guest

    Acually they were made alongside the O24's for at least 1982, and I'm
    pretty sure that was true in 1983 as well. You gotta remember what
    cars were like in those days -- getting 84 horsepower out of a 135 CID
    engine was pretty good.
    Jeff Wieland, Dec 14, 2004
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