1978 Dodge Challenger Overview

Challenger

Looking for a Used Challenger in your area?

CarGurus has 24,066 nationwide Challenger listings starting at $9,350.

ZIP:

1978 Dodge Challenger Overview

It's back! Well, sort of. The name is back anyway. Built on a Mitsubishi Galant Lambda platform, the 1978 Dodge Challenger is a far cry from its smoking muscle car namesake. In response to the energy crisis, this Challenger emphasized economy and comfort over speed and performance.

Comparable to the Honda Prelude and Toyota Celica, the 1978 Challenger was a 2-door coupe with rear-wheel drive. Standard models featured a 4-cylinder 2.0-liter, 77-horsepower engine with 5-speed manual transmission. Optional was the 2.6-liter, 105-horsepower SOHC engine and a 3-speed automatic transmission. The 2.6-liter was quite large for a 4-cylinder engine, and gave the Challenger some surprising verve. The vibrations and rattle you'd expect with such an engine were reduced by the "Silent Shaft" system -- counterrotated balance shafts. The result is a relatively quiet smooth ride with more power than comparable cars of its class.

Trying to capitalize on its sporty ancestry, the car was offered in bright colors with the option of tape striping. Inside were an array of optional electronic gadgetry and controls for power windows, power side mirrors, rear defrost, cruise control, a clock and other electronic readouts.

Updated

What's your take on the 1978 Dodge Challenger?

  • Report
Have you driven a 1978 Dodge Challenger?  
Rank This Car

Cars compared to 1978 Dodge ChallengerPeople researching a 1978 Dodge Challenger contacted a dealer about

Challenger

Looking for a Used Challenger in your area?

CarGurus has 24,066 nationwide Challenger listings starting at $9,350.

ZIP:
Have questions?   Ask a question

Dodge Challenger Questions

I Own A Almost Perfect Condition 1978 Dodge Challenger Purchased New By Mys...

Would like to get contact with another owner. igm brumitstn@charter.net

240 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 years ago)

78 Challenger Engines

Is there any v6 or v8 motors that bolt into a 78 Dodge Challenger? If not... Does anyone know where to find a replacement 2.6L silent shaft motor?

186 views with 2 answers (last answer 6 years ago)

Does Anyone Have A 78-82 Challenger They Want To Sell?

I owned one, and I wish I still had it

145 views with 7 answers (last answer 2 years ago)