1969 Dodge Charger Hides a Hellcat Powertrain
The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 that’s lovingly known as the Hellcat makes perfect power for this classic muscle car.
Dodge is one of the few automakers to stick to the original muscle-car recipe. That means a massive engine at the front, power to the rear wheels, and straight-line performance taking precedent over everything else. However, modern safety requirements has forced automakers to create vehicles that all look somewhat similar and bland. Darn, if only there was a way to combine classic looks with a modern powertrain.
Cleveland Power & Performance put out a short, 47-second video teasing their 1969 Dodge Charger. Under the hood lurks a Hellcat engine that looks and sounds incredible. The Hellcat engine needs little introduction. The 707-horsepower, 6.2-liter supercharged V8 has made waves asone of the most powerful engines on sale today. The combination – a modern, insanely powerful engine inside of a tarnished classic body – takes your breath away.
The company got their hands on a ’69 Charger and the powertrain out of a 2016 Charger. Naturally, they merged them together to bring the mighty “Reverence” to life. The entire build, which includes numerous pictures of the original Charger in its sad, hideous state, can be explored on Cleveland Power & Performance’s website. You can follow the link to keep up with the build.
Clearly, the company faces a lot more work on their hands before they officially compete with the Charger. From where we’re sitting, however, the project looks amazing. The tired, weathered body makes it the ultimate sleeper while the 20-inch Brass Monkey SRT Forged Wheels provide a subtle hint at the car’s performance. Hopefully, Cleveland Power & Performance doesn’t go overboard with the build. Wwe like the way the classic muscle car looks and sounds the way it currently sits.