The 2023 Dodge Challenger is the latest in a lineup of exciting and powerful models under that same name, and it more than delivers on the legacy. Woody Folsom Chrysler Dodge Jeep® RAM is taking a closer look at the history of the Dodge Challenger, then and now.

Dodge Challenger: Early History

The Dodge Challenger name was first introduced in 1959 for marketing purposes, but it didn’t hit the market in a meaningful way until 1969 for the 1970 model year. The original Dodge Challenger was a pony car, which would eventually transform into a muscle car. American muscle cars are all about power and performance, and the Dodge Challenger was pure American muscle right out of the gate.

The first-generation Dodge Challenger was produced from 1970 to 1974 and the second generation from 1978 to 1983. They were available in different configurations and options, including convertibles, special editions, hardtops, and R/T models, and drivers had I6 and V8 engine configurations to pick from, as well.

Dodge Challenger: Modern History

A third generation of Dodge Challenger was launched in 2008, as part of the revitalization of the muscle cars for the modern day. It was designed in the style of the early model options, though longer and taller in size, and considerably more powerful, as well.

The third generation of Dodge Challenger is the current generation, but it is also the last. The 2023 Dodge Challenger is going to be the last of its kind, with the muscle car we know and love being discontinued. This will allow Dodge to make room in the lineup for performance-focused electric vehicles you’re sure to love.

Test Drive the Dodge Challenger in Baxley, GA

If you’re looking to make the most of American muscle driving while you still can, come down to Woody Folsom Chrysler Jeep Dodge RAM. Test drive the 2023 Dodge Challenger at our dealership today!