Dodge Challenger R/T
The R/T trim level of the Challenger debuted with the car in 1970. A convertible version was available until 1971. Powering the R/T was a 383 V8, producing 335hp, a 440 V8 making 375hp, a 440 ‘Six Pack’ making 390hp, or the the top dog 426 Hemi, making 425hp. The last R/T for quite a few years was sold for 1972.
A new Challenger R/T reared its head as a concept for 2006, but a production model bowed for 2009 (SRT8 only for 2008). Powering it was a 5.7L V8 with variable valve timing, and it made 357hp. A 5-speed automatic and a 6-speed manual were available for shifting duties. A special R/T Classic was available as well, which included retro touches such as stripes and badges. For 2010, the Challenger R/T even started to compete in the Nascar Nationwide Series. The R/T Classic was was dropped after 2010.
Mildly refreshed for 2011, the Challenger line, including the R/T, received a new front air dam. Also updated was the floor pan, which was now closer in design to the Charger’s, which helps in production. Engines and transmissions largely carried over, though the 5.7 now puts out 379hp. A new trim level was available called the R/T-Plus, which effectively replaced the Classic.