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Dodge Revives Challenger T/A, Charger Daytona Trims

Dodge Revives Challenger T/A, Charger Daytona Trims

You now have two more Dodge Challenger and Charger models to choose from — both of which are a nod to Dodge’s racing history.

Yes, Dodge is bringing back the Challenger T/A & Charger Daytona trims as 2017 models.

As so many automakers are doing these days,  Fiat Chrysler took to Twitter Tuesday to make the announcement.


Another FCA Tweet quotes Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis as saying Dodge Charger & Challenger “represent more than 40% of all muscle cars sold in U.S.”


2017 Challenger T/A

The Challenger T/A dates back to the original Challenger that debuted in the fall of ’69 as a 1970 model.

It was originally offered as a two-door hardtop or convertible, in base, SE (Special Edition), R/T (Road/Track) and T/A (Trans-Am) trim.  The original T/A had the most powerful V8 — making 290 horses.

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 (left), 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A (right) and 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A 392 (left), 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A (right) and 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A

In 1970, Sam Posey drove the lone Trans-Am racing Challenger, prepared and run by Ray Caldwell’s Autodynamics Race Shop. While he didn’t win a race in the No. 77 car, Posey finished fourth overall in points.

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A (left) and 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A (right)

2017 Dodge Challenger T/A (left) and 1970 Dodge Challenger T/A (right)

2017 Charger Daytona

The 2017 Charger Daytona is based on the second-generation 1969 model.

The original featured an aerodynamic nosepiece along with a huge winged spoiler that stood 58 inches above the base of the trunk. All Dodge Charger Daytona models were powered by the 440 Magnum or 426 HEMI engine.

1969 dodge charger daytona

1969 Dodge Charger Daytona

The Dodge Charger Daytona won its first NASCAR Grand National race at Talladega followed by a win at Texas International Speedway. From September 1969 into the following year, Dodge Charger Daytona and Charger 500 race cars combined to win 45 out of the next 59 races in NASCAR.

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 (left) and 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (right)

2017 Dodge Charger Daytona 392 (left) and 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona (right)

Photo Credit: FCA/Dodge