For as long as cars have existed, brands have popped up to cater to specific customer needs, local markets, and niche interests. Some of these manufacturers fade away over time, while others become iconic and remain huge names in the industry. One such successful auto-maker is the American-based Dodge.
Throughout Dodge’s long and successful history, they’ve produced amazing cars (along with some forgettable ones). However, their successes outweigh their failures, especially when you have a litany of outstanding sports cars in your lineup. To showcase just how great their vehicles can be, here are ten of the most badass Dodge sports cars ever made.
10 Dodge Magnum SRT-8
After Dodge made their new rendition of the Charger, they decided to give it a little upgrade and label it as a different model. The name they chose was the Dodge Magnum, for its historical connotation and performance.
Unlike the standard Charger, the Magnum wasn't a sedan, but a wagon. The Wagon also had multiple varieties to choose from, whether it was an All-wheel drive system, HEMI V8, or other specific packages. Although it was a larger vehicle, this didn't stop the new Magnum from being fast and good-looking for the time. Nowadays, it would be awesome to see Dodge make a new one.
9 Dodge Neon SRT-4
Before the new Charger and Challenger had entered Dodge's line-up, they relied on another vehicle to be its flagship sports car (Other than the Viper). It was not a boat-like muscle car, or a revival of the classics, but a compact car called the Neon SRT-4.
As mentioned before, the Neon is no Challenger R/T or Viper. Rather, the Neon was a mix between an economical urban commuter and a sporty racer with a decent bit of potential. With this combo, the Neon SRT-4 was surprisingly popular and astonishingly fast for its appearance and class. Either way, the Neon SRT-4 was a fun car to drive that redefined what was possible for a company like Dodge (Possibly helping with their move to revive the Challenger/Charger). As you can see above, it also pulls off a striking yellow color scheme very well.
8 60s Dodge Dart GTS 440
Upon first glance, some of the 60s era Dodge Darts were less than impressive-looking. A few stood out, however; one of their fastest could be described as a 'sleeper.' Of course, this was the Dodge Dart GTS 440.
The GTS 440 was different than the standard Dart with a 440 C.I.D. sized V8 and sporty disposition. Although it didn't look quick, the GTS 440 was more than capable of tearing up a drag strip. Few enthusiasts seem to be aware of the Dart GTS 440's existence, which is disappointing as the 440 deserves so much more credit.
7 Dodge Durango SRT 392
If you thought that Dodge could only make sedan and coupe muscle cars, then think again. Not only has Dodge successfully created different types of sports cars in the past, but they've also had their fair share of victories with the powerful Durango SRT 392.
The Durango is, essentially, what happens when you take a sports utility vehicle and put a HEMI V8 into it. Needless to say, this combo made for a wickedly fast SUV, one that could do everything from a quick trip to the grocery store to dusting a Mustang at the drag strip.
6 Dodge Charger Hellcat
When executives at Dodge decided to bring back the Charger model, they probably knew that it would end up being much more than a just quick daily driver. If this was their intention, then they succeeded, since the Charger Hellcat was one of their best creations.
At first, the Charger wasn't appealing to everyone. Some felt that the new Charger didn't look or act like the classic in any way, while others were open to it. What helped bridge this gap, though, was the Hellcat version of the Charger: A 707 Horsepower sedan that finally looked good and drove even better.
5 1970 Dodge Challenger
Many muscle car purists today claim that the new ones can't compete with the classics, or that older cars are the best form of American muscle. Whether you agree with these statements or not, there's no doubting that there is some truth to them, as evidenced by a legend: The 70s Dodge Challenger.
With some help from Plymouth, Dodge came up with the Challenger. It had several options, some with more power and different setups than others. However, what really makes the Challenger so great (besides its competitive performance figures) is its otherworldly beauty and ability to withstand the test of time. Even now, the Challenger is seen by many to be both an icon and a piece of art. Over the course of TV phenomenon Breaking Bad, for instance, Walter White buys two models of Dodge Challenger for his son.
4 Dodge Charger Daytona
Long ago, Dodge had a good stake in NASCAR. Today, though, there are rumors of their return, but that's all they are: rumors. Even though Dodge is no longer part of the sport, they still had some amazing race cars back in the day. For example, the classic Dodge Charger Daytona.
The Charger Daytona isn't just a symbol of NASCAR history, but also a part of pop-culture to a certain extent. Several television shows and movies have mimicked the legendary figure of the Daytona (Like Pixar's "The King" in Cars) for years. As far as its racing potential goes, the Daytona was a dominant force. Sadly, though, it was eventually banned.
3 Viper ACR
The Dodge Viper is certainly one of Dodge's fastest, angriest, and most dangerous sports cars ever. However, some customers wanted more, and the company was more than happy to indulge them. The result of their hard work would be the Viper ACR.
In terms of speed, the ACR vastly outclassed its standard model with a new aero-package, lighter-weight, race engineering, and a more powerful V10. Back in 2017 when the newest iteration of the ACR was built, they set what was then the fastest time around the Nürburgring.
2 Dodge Challenger Demon
As stated previously, Dodge had already created a crazy vehicle in the form of the Hellcat. The Hellcat is available for both the Charger and Challenger, so you'd think that would be enough, right? Wrong! What came next was dubbed the Demon.
A road-going, V8, 707 horsepower muscle car was incredible as it was, but the Demon had to one-up its older sibling. It has an extra 100 horsepower, an improved bodykit, better aero, and more anger.
1 1969 Dodge Charger R/T
Throughout Dodge's history as an automotive manufacturer, they've developed their share of resounding successes and beautiful creations. However, few have been remembered, cherished, beloved, and sought-after like the O.G. 1969 Dodge Challenger R/T.
In terms of their entire vehicle lineup, the Challenger R/T could easily be Dodge's magnum opus. The lines and looks fit perfectly, making the Challenger a truly timeless design. Along with this, the Charger has had a large presence on the red carpet with The Dukes of Hazard and Bullitt. If you're looking for a beautiful car that will keep its value, drive amazingly, and be swarmed by a majority of car enthusiasts, look no further than the 69 Charger.