14. Dodge Challenger R/T
Even though Plymouth had the Barracuda, its stablemate Dodge didn’t enter the segment until 1970. Some muscle car historians say Dodge was late for the party. But the Challenger was so good, it left its mark on history. Mopar’s E-Body models, the Barracuda and Challenger were new for 1970.
They featured a new design and better construction and a wider, longer body. Although their designs were different, they shared some interchangeable parts, as well. For the Challenger, buyers could get a powerful 383 V8, as well as the big 440 and the famous 426 Hemi. Depending on the specifications, differential ratio, and gearboxes, Challengers could accelerate to 60 mph in the 5.5 to 5.7-second range. That was considered quite fast for 1970.