• Mar 14, 2011
Charger versus Charger – Click above to watch video after the jump

When the folks at Inside Line got their hands on a 2011 Dodge Charger R/T, they decided to run a comparison test against an older Charger. No, not a last generation model – a 1969 General Lee that was actually used on the Dukes of Hazzard TV show.

The bright orange Charger was supplied by Bob Hartwig of Cinema Vehicle Services. It's one of only 17 Chargers to survive filming, and it's the only 440-equipped example to make it out unscathed. It's slower, less agile and quite outdated compared to the modern Charger, but that doesn't stop Inside Line from giving in the gold medal in this comparison.

Click past the jump to watch the two vehicles in action and listen to some insight from the General Lee's owner. Then be sure to head over to Inside Line to read about the head-to-head test.

[Source: Inside Line]
Edmunds pits 2011 Dodge Charger R/T against 1969 Dodge Charger General Lee


Bob Hartwig talks about his General Lee


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      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd take the one that can stop 67 feet short and doesn't have the potentially racist flag painted on the roof.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Confederate flag is "potentially racist"? If that's the case, then so is the American one. Read up on your history and you will see what I mean. You heard that from a "Yankee".

        As for the cars? Give me both!! The 2011 for a daily driver and the 1969 for a cruiser and track toy. Of course, I would rather have that old one in all black, minus the flag and numbers, but I would keep it for history's sake here.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The Confederate flag is "potentially racist"? If that's the case, then so is the American one. Read up on your history and you will see what I mean. You heard that from a "Yankee".

        As for the cars? Give me both!! The 2011 for a daily driver and the 1969 for a cruiser and track toy. Of course, I would rather have that old one in all black, minus the flag and numbers, but I would keep it for history's sake here.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Too bad Waylon Jennings isn't still alive, he'd provide the perfect narration for that video.
      • 3 Years Ago
      vehicle dynamics, the old mustang total fail.....
      but as a classic car priceless and better than every mustang built afterwards...
        • 3 Years Ago
        i was watching old mustang/charger vids on youtube....got a bit mixed up...
        • 3 Years Ago
        gtfo
        • 3 Years Ago
        Those were Chargers, not Mustangs!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      mine would have more visual appeal, link below, but you can't really compare '60s cars with 2000s cars in any way, shape or form. Apples and oranges. I love historic cars of all sorts, but even today's Accent is a better overall car than anything built 40 years ago.

      http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_szY6czURhx0/TNBfDEY0tmI/AAAAAAAADBw/aEyMwmXIwqc/s1600/Dodge-Charger_AC3.jpg

      • 3 Years Ago
      If the 69 Charger had power disk brakes the brake booster or brake vacuum(pressure) is not working correctly.
      The 69 Charger sits oddly,Dukes Charger raised the back up and cranked the torsion bars up a bit,making it handle worse than a stock 69.
      440's are 12 second 1/4 mile cars and low 4 second 0-60 with the 3.55's,with better/modern tires..
      Wish they did a compression check to see if that 440 was working properly.
      I had a 1970 Charger R/T from 1972-1981,I ran it a few times at the Friday Night drags it always ran 12.90-13 flat,the 70 was a bit heavier 3900lbs,I had 3.23 gears,and 140,000 miles and still ran the same 12.90's-13 ! I had 295/60/15 tires/wheels,the stock 14" magnum 500's would spin almost the whole track !
      Sure miss that car,stopped great,handled awesome and loved the second gear chirp of the 440's 727 transmission !
      • 3 Years Ago
      Brilliant thought!

      Build a limited edition 2 door Charger, with a fiberglass body styled after a '69 R/T! It would sell! Keep the production numbers low, say like 2500...price them around $40,000 (why not? They sell those fat bastard Challenger R/Ts for that) and watch the dealership lines go around the block!

      Imagine the custom paint schemes they could offer: "super bird" (green with a big goofy wing and a faux aero nose)...a custom black model like the car used in "Bullitt"...the most popular one would be a "General Lee" throwback scheme! Don't forget to send my royalty checks when you use my idea, Chrysler...I just made you a few million dollars.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm feeling verklempt.

      ...talk amongst yourselves.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ah the sound of a modern Charger with the pedal to the metal. I hear it literally every day thanks our local law enforcement agency. Good stuff.
      • 3 Years Ago
      If the new one was 1/10th as cool as the original it would single-handedly save chrysler.

      Oh well, it wasn't meant to be.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I didn't see a comparison for "Daisy Dukes" appeal.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Is the General Lee running using a CVT?? I bet not, but it sure does sound like it!!!!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      A LOW COMPRESSION,LOWER HORSEPOWER,400 4BBL MOPAR AS TESTED AGAIN WHEN NEW BY A MAGAZINE RAN 14'S....

      A HIGHER COMPRESSION 440 ,RAN 12'S WHEN NEW,WITH 8 INCH SLICKS,THOSE SLICKS EQUAL MODERN STREET TIRES...BY CARLIFE IN 69 !!

      A 44O THROWS YOU BACK IN YOUR SEAT,THE AUTOMATIC GRABS A SECOND GEAR CHIRP...A 14 SECOND CAR AND A 6 SECOND 0-60 CAR DOESNT DO THAT !!! OFF THE LINE IT FIGHT FOR TRACTION,AT A 20 MPH ROLL IT WILL SPIN THE TIRES..
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