liter MDS HEMI V8
Press Release) 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 model amidst the sounds of the track, cheers of
the fans and the roar of the legendary HEMI® engine.
"The legendary Dodge
Charger nameplate returns on a modern, high-performance,
rear-wheel-drive vehicle that combines bold design with four-door
functionality,” said Darryl Jackson, Vice President -- Dodge
Marketing, Chrysler Group. “To celebrate Dodge Charger's return to
NASCAR, we’re introducing a limited-production Daytona R/T model
that offers a little slice of history with all the performance and
handling characteristics to satisfy modern muscle car enthusiasts.”
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.
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.
The Dodge Charger
Daytona R/T comes equipped with standard world-class ride and
handling features, including Electronic Stability Program (ESP),
All-speed Traction Control and Anti-lock Brake System (ABS). The
Dodge Charger Daytona R/T model also will feature dual-zone
automatic temperature controls, heated power front seats and
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.
Dodge to Boost 5.7-liter HEMI to
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 -- ten
more horses than the previous 5.7-liter HEMI -- for even more power
in this modern rear-wheel-drive muscle car.
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.
The HEMI engine's
Multi-displacement System (MDS) provides up to 20 percent improved
fuel economy, giving Dodge Charger customers the legendary HEMI
power they want with fuel economy they will appreciate.
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
Production of the 2006
Dodge Charger SE, SXT and R/T models begins this spring at the
Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, with vehicles
available in North American markets early this summer. The Dodge
Charger will join the Dodge Magnum and Chrysler 300 vehicles built
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.
Dodge Charger Returns to
NASCAR Racing at Daytona International Speedway
Joining the celebration of the Dodge Charger’s return to NASCAR
racing at this year’s Daytona International Speedway will be two
Dodge Charger NASCAR Nextel Cup race cars painted in the same
special colors of Go ManGo! and Top Banana.
On Friday, Feb. 11, the
Evernham Motorsports team will unveil the new Bud Shootout paint
schemes on Dodge Charger race cars at the Daytona International
Speedway, alongside the 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T production
The original Dodge
Charger race car debuted during the 1966 Speedweeks at Daytona. In
its 11 years of racing, the Charger won 124 NASCAR Cup races and
took three drivers to five championships. Richard Petty won three of
his seven titles behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger and was behind
the wheel of Charger’s last victory at Daytona in the 1977
In 1970, a Dodge Charger Daytona made history at Talladega Speedway
when Buddy Baker became the first driver to be clocked at more than
200 mph for a lap on a closed course.