The Dodge Charger Evolution

April 3rd, 2019 by

It’s interesting to see how cars change over the years; from the color, engine and the charger evolution. Thanks to Cars Evolution, a youtube video series, viewers can now see the development of cars, and they’ve followed the trajectory of the Dodge Charger Evolution. From a two-door, rear-wheel-drive muscle car, to a personal luxury car, to a front-wheel-drive hatchback, and it’s most recent outing a rear-wheel drive, four-door sedan.   

The Charger Cars Evolution videos jump around a lot, unlike the Mustang or Corvette videos, and that’s in part due to the expansive gaps in the car’s history, and Dodge’s attempts to make the vehicle relatable for its time. Although the first Dodge Charger made its appearance in 1966, the version that it’s known and loved is the classic two-door hardtop which showed in 1968 and ran through 1970. It’s an icon of a vehicle since it’s been featured in classic car films like Bullitt (driven by the bad guys in a famous chase scene), Crazy Larry (the bright lime green vehicle from ‘69), Dirty Mary, and The Fast and the Furious (Dom’s car is a 1970 model).    

The models were also in NASCAR competitions, where the winged 1969 Charger Daytona utilized its useful, albeit bizarre-looking, aerodynamic aids to significant effect. As the muscle car era disappeared and the fuel economy problem loomed large, the Charger changed body styles again, offering in 1971, one last time the 426 Hemi engine and the Hi-Impact colors Dodge was famous for. Until 1974, Dodge had smaller engines and less power.  

Moving forward, from 1975 to 1978, the Charger transformed into a large, personal luxury car, as it was what was popular during that time in Detroit. High-performance cars were simply not in style because of the fuel crises that was happening. While the Charger grew more luxurious and comfortable, it also became less dominant.  

After a short break, the Charger returned as a new kind of performance car in the 1980s. When the Charger decided to name a front-wheel-drive hatchback, it raised some eyebrows, and when Carroll Shelby came along and put a bit of his magic on them, he dubbed them GLH (and later GLHS) for “Goes Like Hell.” For the performance-starved and fuel-conscious ‘80s, it was the right cars for the right time.   

The 2018 Charger showed up as a four-door sedan in 2006, and it was built on Chrysler’s LX platform. Updated in 2011 and looking a lot like the closely-related-but-all-new LD platform, the charger soldiered on up to the present day. Chargers can be one of the fastest cars available, with the Hellcat producing an incredible 707 horsepower.

Wisconsin-based Speedkore is the same execution company that built a ludicrous 1,650-horsepower Dodge a few years back. This time around, they’ve developed a calmer, more balanced version of the same Dodge Charger and named it the ‘Evolution.’ The Evolution packs half the power of its predecessor, but it has more usefulness.  

Speedkore declares that the Evolution represents “the most advanced 1970 Dodge Charger” anywhere on the globe. Speedkore is known for playing with carbon fiber and has used its skills on this vehicle as well. Speedkore has built a muscle car that weighs about 3,200 pounds, and despite the massive engines and strong body, that’s anywhere between 228- and 638-pounds lighter than the original 1970 Dodge Charger.

On the outside, the Evolution looks just like a 1970 Dodge Charger; but the similarities end there. The company has built a custom chassis, containing a steel ladder frame and an aluminum floor pan. The whole body is formed on carbon fiber and billet aluminum.  

A roll cage has been issued for extra harshness. Safety is also provided because of the 966 horses that can twist the car beyond logical understanding. The fuel cap, grille, and door handles are made from billet aluminum, as it was mentioned before, and it’s finished in a bronze-nickel coating to complement the 19×10-inch front, and 20×12-inch wheels wrapped Michelin Pilot Sport 2 HRE tires.  

2019 Dodge Charger Evolution VS 1970 Dodge Charger Dimensions:

The cabin design is minimalistic yet functional. The vintage touches from past vehicles can be seen all around the cabin, with a flat vertical dash that holds everything the Evolution has when it comes to “technology.” The Evolution has Recaro bucket seats while the air vents are circular and placed much lower and it also has a CNC-milled steering wheel.   

The parallel instrument cluster blends in with the overall style of the cabin reasonably well. For controls, the Evolution features flip-over switches. For those who like old-school interiors, there’s no other place they’d want to be – even with the modern touches that are added.   

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The Mopar engine is a carbon-copy of the Dodge Challenger Demon. It is a V-8, 6.2-liter, supercharged, that is tuned to produce a mammoth of 966 horses. The unit has been altered for the Evolution – it has stainless steel headers, small drive pulley for the blower, larger fuel injectors, a custom cold-air intake, a dry-sump lubrication system,  and custom exhaust manifolds with SLP mufflers.

The strength is dispatched to the rear wheels via Tremec T-56, six-speed manual transmission. The transmission, radiator shroud, and firewall are also made from aluminum. The Evolution comes equipped with Brembo brakes all around with six-piston calipers for the front wheels, and four-piston calipers for the rear wheels.  

The Suspension system is added with Penske adjustable coilovers for lower ride height and better ride quality. At the beginning of the project, Speedkore wanted to create something more utilizable. So, compared to the ‘Tantrum’ that Speedkore discarded in 2015, the ability seems less.

Thanks to the lightweight structure and necessary models, the Evolution is not far from the Tantrum. Speedkore says the Evolution will be more “docile” in traffic, and the company used the same VIN as the 1970 Dodge Charger, maintaining its street-legal status. The Tantrum has a 9.0-liter, twin-turbo, V-8 that produced a massive 1,650-horsepower.   

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