Classic Car Archive Specs, Facts, & History
The 1969 Charger received minor changes to distinguish itself from the previous year with a new split front grille and new full-width taillamps. A six-cylinder was introduced as the base engine and was underpowered for the mass of the Charger.
The Charger 500 and the Charger Daytona were introduced for stock car races. An SE package was also introduced and offered a little more luxury.
The R/T package returned and little was changed.
The 500 and Daytona had improved aerodynamics, which were primarily a flush grille and backlight on the 500, but were radical on the Daytona, which had a Cd (coefficient of drag) of 0.29, a number not bettered on production cars for many decades. Both cars had the 440 Magnum as standard equipment, with the 2X4-BBl 426 Hemi as the only engine option. The Daytona set a world closed-course record of 200.45 MPH at Talladega, Alabama in March, 1970, in a car that had been stolen on the streets of Los Angeles and recovered by the LAPD.
|Engine||0 to 60 MPH||Quarter Mile||Source|
|HEMI||6.0 sec||13.9 sec @ 101 mph||Car & Driver|
|440ci/375hp||6.1 sec||13.9 sec @ 101.4 mph||Motor Trend|
|I6||225ci||1x1bbl||145 hp @ 4000||215 lb-ft @ 2400|
|Standard V8||318ci||1x2bbl||230 hp @ 4400||340 lb-ft @ 2400|
|V8||383ci||1x4bbl||330 hp @ 5000||425 lb-ft @ 3200|
|V8||383ci||1x2bbl||290 hp @ 4400||390 lb-ft @ 2800|
|HEMI||426ci||2x4bbl||425 hp @ 5000||490 lb-ft @ 4000|
|V8||440ci||1x4bbl||375 hp @ 4400||480 lb-ft @ 3200|
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