Introduced in fall of 1969, the 1970
Dodge Challenger was Dodge's offering to pony car buyers. The
Challenger shared Chrysler's new E body platform with the Plymouth
Barracuda and was produced in both hardtop and convertible versions.
Buyers were offered a choice of eighteen colors, three transmissions
and nine engines ranging from a slant-six to the pavement ripping
The R/T was the performance model and was produced only in 1970 and
1971. Powered by a 383 cubic inch engine putting out 335 horsepower
and a 3 speed manual as standard equipment. Dodge also provided
buyers with three optional engines: A 440 Magnum single four-barrel
engine rated at 375 HP, a 440 Magnum Six Pack engine featuring three
two-barrel carburetors rated at 390 HP and 480 lb-ft of torque. The
final and most extreme engine option was the legendary Hemi
producing 425 HP. A heavy duty TorqueFlite 727 automatic
transmission was standard on 440 and Hemi powered Challenger R/T's
with a four-speed manual as offered as an option.