Ah, just like the old days. Well, sort of, anyway. The good old days obvious means something different to almost everyone depending on when they grew up. What we mean by the good old days is the 1960s and 70s when muscle cars were really big and almost all the major automakers jumped on the bandwagon and built at least one or two models that were fast, tough and packed with muscle and a lot of power.

We weren’t physically there during those decades but there are mountains of information, including films, photographs and eyewitness accounts to let us know that muscle cars were a huge hit back then. And now they are back. They’re back and they are better.

The Dodge Charger is a fine example of what real muscle cars should try to be. The first generation Dodge Charger came out in 1966-67. It had a 318 cu in (5.2 liter) V-8, with a three-speed floor shifter to move you forward. Larger and faster engines were optional. The second gen was between 1968 and 1970 and the body was a bit lower and looked more aerodynamic. The third generation was 1971 through 1974 and the fifth was 1975 to 1978 and the Charger name wasn’t used again until 1981 through 1987.

The sixth gen Charger came out in 2006 to 2010 and it had a 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 engine with a five-speed automatic transmission. You could also order the Charger SRT8 with a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 which seemed to fly past other competitors when the light turned green. We are now in the seventh generation of Dodge Chargers and in a lot of opinions, the best looking of all the chargers.

The 2018 Charger can be test driven at Buhler in Hazlet, by the way. This car is powerful so be careful what you wish for. The Charger is a massive muscle car that is built for speed and it’s for people who want to dominate the road with the most powerful vehicle. This charger will fly you to 60 miles per hour from a dead stop in only 4.6 seconds. And don’t worry the brakes are extremely competent and immediate when you need them. The Charger is responsive and the handling is smooth and easy. It’s a sweet machine that will take you to the heights of speed and transport you back in time to the 1960s and 70s. Take some bell bottoms with you.