The Dodge Charger – one of the biggest names from the muscle car era – powered its way out of its storied past and onto the stage at the 2005 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Now, the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 provides exactly what performance enthusiasts wanted, more American muscle. Charger SRT8 is capable of 0-60 mph in around 5 seconds, quarter-mile time in the 13-second range and braking distance from 60-0 mph in approximately 110 feet.
Just as the very first Charger, the new SRT8 gets its motivation from a Hemi. In this case, it’s a big-bore, having more cubic inches, increased compression, new cylinder heads and new intake/exhaust systems for increased flow. Several features of the new 6.1-liter SRT Hemi recall the legendary Hemi engines of previous decades, including the namesake hemispherical combustion chambers that provide power and efficiency, orange-painted cylinder block, black valve covers, and even the horsepower rating of 425 bhp.
Chassis improvements on the SRT8 include SRT-tuned dampers, specially tailored spring rates and suspension bushings, large-diameter anti-sway bars. The car rides on unique SRT-developed five-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels attached to a new braking system having Brembo 4-piston calipers.
Race-inspired interior and exterior appointments give the SRT Charger a distinct appearance. At the front an new front fascia includes integrated ducts and the hood is equipped with a scoop to funnel cool air into the engine compartment. Rearwards, a new fascia features aggressive cutouts to accommodate dual 3.5-inch exhaust tips and a dramatic decklid spoiler increases downforce. Inside SRT sports highly bolstered sport seats with contrasting red stitching, a leather trim steering wheel and a 180-mph (300 kph) speedometer.
The 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 will be assembled at Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.