2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T

Auburn Hills, Mich., Feb 07, 2005 – After a 27-year hiatus, Dodge Charger returns to the Daytona International Speedway and Daytona Speedweeks this week with the introduction of a new limited-production 2006 Charger Daytona R/T.

Legendary Colors for Legendary Car

Daytona race fans yelling”Go man, go!” will not only be cheering on the new Dodge Charger in its return to NASCAR Nextel Cup racing, but also will be describing the paint scheme on the first-available, limited-production 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T model. Go ManGo!, a high-impact paint name initially used for the 1970 Dodge Charger, returns in an updated metallic orange paint on the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T.

Following the limited-production run of Dodge Charger Daytona R/T in Go ManGo! will be a Dodge Charger Daytona R/T offered in Top Banana, another high-impact heritage paint name. The Top Banana Dodge Charger Daytona R/T will peel off the line in limited numbers later in 2005.

In addition to the special exterior paint colors, the 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T model will be distinguishable by an exclusive front fascia with a chin spoiler and black honeycomb grille, unique black ‘Daytona’ and ‘HEMI’ decals, signature heritage R/T badging and a black rear decklid spoiler. The Daytona model also will include large, bright, dual-exhaust tips and 18-inch polished wheels with low-gloss, jet-black painted pockets. The powerful HEMI engine will feature a HEMI-orange engine cover.

The interior of the 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T will feature performance front seats with suede inserts and embroidered Daytona logos on the front headrests. Body-color accent stitching will appear on the front and rear seats and on the leather-wrapped steering wheel. Matching body-colored center stack bezel, a Daytona Limited Edition display on the electronic cluster and a sequentially numbered limited-edition Daytona badge on the instrument panel will complete the unique Dodge Charger Daytona R/T interior.

Dodge to Boost 5.7-liter HEMI to 350 Horsepower

Just in time for the Dodge Charger Daytona R/T launch, Chrysler Group engineers have muscled out even more horsepower from the legendary HEMI engine. The 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T will feature a five-speed automatic transmission with AutoStick and a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 engine that offers an estimated 350 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque – 10 more horses than the previous 5.7-liter HEMI.

Chrysler Group engineers developed uniquely tuned intake and exhaust systems to unleash some of the HEMI engine’s untapped power for the Dodge Charger Daytona R/T. By using a less restrictive intake system and moving to a straight-through muffler from a three-pass muffler, the newly tuned 5.7-liter HEMI gets a 10-horsepower boost and a throaty, high-performance tone to match.

A high-performance suspension package that includes special suspension tuning, 18-inch all-season P235/55 R18 performance tires, performance-tuned 9-land steering gear and Nivomat self-leveling rear shock absorbers will be standard on the Charger Daytona R/T model.

2006 Dodge Charger Production

Limited production of the 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T model in modern Go ManGo! paint will begin early this summer with vehicles available in North American markets soon after. The Dodge Charger Daytona R/T model in Top Banana paint will be available after the limited production of Go ManGo! is complete.

The 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T in Go ManGo! paint will be on display at the 2005 Chicago Auto Show during press days, beginning Feb. 9. Dodge Charger Daytona R/T models in Go ManGo! and Top Banana paint will be featured in the Daytona Speedway Dodge City display, Feb. 16–20.

Story by DaimlerChrysler, edited by Supercars.net

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In Detail

price $ $35 000 USD
engine 90-Degree Cast Iron Hemi V8
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natrual
valvetrain Pushrod-operated OHV, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Sequential, Multi-port, Electronic, Returnless Fuel Injection
displacement 5654 cc / 345.0 in³
bore 99.5 mm / 3.92 in
stroke 90.9 mm / 3.58 in
compression 9.6:1
power 253.5 kw / 350 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output 61.9 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 191.47 bhp per tonne
torque 528.77 nm / 390 ft lbs @ 4000 rpm
redline 5800
body / frame Unit Steel
driven wheels RWD
front tires P225/60 R18H 99H
rear tires P225/60 R18H 99H
front brakes Vented Discs w/Dual-Piston Calipers, ABS
f brake size x 345 mm / x 13.6 in
rear brakes Vented Discs w/Single-Piston Calipers, ABS
r brake size x 320 mm / x 12.6 in
front wheels F 45.7 x 19.0 cm / 18.0 x 7.5 in
rear wheels R 45.7 x 19.0 cm / 18 x 7.5 in
steering Rack & Pinion w/Hydrualic Power Assist
f suspension SLA w/Upper A-Arms Coil-Over Springs, Nivomat Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar
r suspension 5-Link Mulit-Link w/Upper A-Arms Coil-Over Springs, Nivomat Shock Absorbers, Stabilizer Bar
curb weight 1828 kg / 4030 lbs
wheelbase 3048 mm / 120.0 in
front track 1600 mm / 63.0 in
rear track 1604 mm / 63.1 in
length 5082 mm / 200.1 in
width 1891 mm / Not Available in
height 1479 mm / 58.2 in
transmission W5A580 5-Speed Automatic
gear ratios 3.58:1, 2.19:1, 1.41:1, 1.00:1, 0.83:1, :1