liter HEMI V8
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Press Release) When Dodge unveiled the all-new 2006 Dodge
Charger into its lineup, performance-car aficionados had a lot to
celebrate. The party gets kicked up a notch with the introduction of
the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8.
With its infusion of Street and Racing Technology (SRT) DNA, the
all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 provides exactly what performance
enthusiasts want in their American muscle sedan: more power,
world-class ride and handling, benchmark braking, functional and
aggressive-looking exterior enhancements and a race-inspired
“The all-new Dodge Charger embodies all of the key attributes of the
Dodge brand – bold, powerful, street-smart and full of life,” said
Darryl Jackson, Vice President, Dodge Marketing, Chrysler Group.
“The all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the Dodge formula. It
starts with a 425-horsepower 6.1-liter HEMI® engine and continues
with a powerful dose of renowned Street and Racing Technology
performance for a tremendous performance-per-dollar value story.”
During the heyday of the original Dodge Charger, performance was
measured mainly in straight-line numbers. Today, SRT adds a complete
approach with the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8.
“The SRT approach to performance is multi-dimensional,” said Dan
Knott, Director, Street and Racing Technology, Chrysler Group. “For
example, the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 incorporates Brembo brakes to
stop as well as it accelerates. Its handling is world-class across a
dynamic range. Its interior is designed specifically for the
performance driver. And its performance exterior characteristics
don’t just look great, they’re also functional.”
As an all-around performer, the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 is
capable of awe-inspiring numbers unheard-of in a muscle sedan: 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. The
Dodge Charger SRT8 is also capable of accomplishing SRT’s signature
performance test of 0-100-0 mph in the mid 16-second range.
Ride and Handling
Chassis improvements on
the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 include SRT-tuned dampers, specially
tailored spring rates and suspension bushings, and large-diameter
anti-sway bars. The ride height of the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 is
one-half inch lower than the Dodge Charger. Handling is enhanced for
performance with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) specially
tuned for the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8.
The all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 rides on unique SRT-developed
five-spoke 20-inch forged aluminum wheels. Tires are
high-performance Goodyear Supercar F1 three-season tires with
asymmetrical tread (four-season tires are an available option) -
245/45/20 in the front, and 255/45/20 in the rear.
demands the ability to slow and stop a vehicle in proportion to the
ability to accelerate. The braking system of the all-new 2006 Dodge
Charger SRT8 provides benchmark braking performance, befitting the
Charger SRT8’s extreme performance character.
All four wheels feature Brembo performance brake calipers, with the
red finish characteristic of all Dodge SRT vehicles. Each
four-piston caliper grips a vented rotor; 360 x 32mm discs up front,
with 350 x 26mm in the rear.
is at the heart of the SRT credo. To that end, an all-new front
fascia includes integrated ducts that help direct fresh air to cool
the brakes. The front fascia also incorporates an air dam to reduce
lift. The hood is equipped with a scoop to funnel cool air into the
The rear fascia features integrated lower strakes to direct air flow
and aggressive cutouts to accommodate dual 3.5-inch exhaust tips. A
dramatic decklid spoiler set on dual stanchions increases downforce
for high-speed stability and traction.
And because SRT vehicles look as good as they perform, a unique
heritage-style SRT badge is set into the blacked-out grill.
Body-colored exterior mirrors fold inward for convenience in tight
Three exterior colors are available: Bright Silver, Brilliant Black
and Inferno Red Crystal Pearlcoat.
appointments in the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 start with
power-adjustable, deeply sculpted and highly bolstered sport seats
in the front fitted with performance suede inserts to hold occupants
during maneuvering. Rear seats have matching performance suede
inserts. All seats have contrasting red stitching.
Other sporting touches include “carbon fiber” technical leather trim
on the steering wheel for better grip, and special finishing on the
A 180-mph (300 kph) speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauge
feature dark faces unique to the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8. An
LED display within the gauge cluster is driver-configurable for oil
temperature, oil pressure and tire pressure readouts.
Available options on the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 include power
sunroof, Kicker® audio system with six-disc CD changer, DVD-based
Navigation system with turn-by directions and voice prompts,
automatic temperature control, heated front seats and side air bags.
Also available are SIRIUS® Satellite Radio and a UConnect™
hands-free communications system with Bluetooth™ technology. This
system recognizes up to seven different Bluetooth-equipped cellular
phones and responds to voice commands, utilizing a microphone in the
rear-view mirror and the stereo system’s speakers for hands-free
The 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 interior is offered in Dark Slate
Just as the very first
Charger – the original 1964 “Charger by Dodge” concept car - sported
a HEMI V-8, the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8 gets its motivation
from a HEMI, too. In this case, it’s a big-bore, SRT-engineered
version producing 425 horsepower and 420 lb.-ft. of torque.
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 (with less displacement, the 6.1-liter HEMI’s 69.8
horsepower-per-liter rating exceeds that of the legendary Street
HEMI of the 1960s and ‘70s).
To create the 6.1-liter version of the Chrysler Group’s HEMI, SRT
powertrain engineers applied tried-and-true engine-building tricks
honed by generations of American hot-rodders.
They unleashed 85 more horsepower by adding more cubic inches,
increasing the compression ratio, redesigning the cylinder head,
intake and exhaust systems for increased flow, and increasing engine
For more displacement, SRT engineers bored out the diameter of the
cylinders in the HEMI by 3.5 millimeters each in order to increase
the total displacement to 6.1 liters from 5.7 liters.
Compression ratio was also increased to 10.3:1 from 9.6:1,
increasing engine efficiency and power.
Engine breathing was increased with new higher-flow cylinder heads,
a specially designed intake manifold, and exhaust headers with
individual tubes encased in a stainless steel shell, all unique to
the 6.1-liter HEMI engine. Larger-diameter valves and reshaped ports
in the heads allow for maximized air flow. The intake manifold was
designed with larger-diameter and shorter runners for higher-speed
tuning. Exhaust is routed through a large-diameter (2.75-inch vs.
2.5-inch) exhaust system with 3.5-inch chrome tips.
To further increase horsepower, performance-oriented camshaft
profiles were developed to allow more air in and out of the
cylinders, as well as manage a higher engine speed. SRT engineers
increased HEMI’s peak power output engine speed nearly 20 percent to
6,000 revolutions per minute (rpm) from 5,000 rpm. Intake and
exhaust valve stems are hollow, and exhaust valve stems are filled
with sodium to help dissipate heat more efficiently.
The high-performance SRT 6.1-liter HEMI is strengthened with
redesigned components, including a reinforced engine block, forged
steel crankshaft, high-strength powdered-metal connecting rods,
floating-pin pistons (cooled by oil squirters), and an oil pan
modified to manage oil return to the pan sump at high engine speeds.
Power for the SRT 6.1-liter HEMI is channeled through an A580
five-speed automatic transmission with specially calibrated
driver-selectable AutoStick®, which offers fully automatic or manual
shifting selection. A heavy-duty four-flange prop shaft sends the
torque from the transmission to an upgraded differential and axles.
Safety and Security Features
Following are safety and
security features in the 2006 Dodge Charger SRT8:
Multi-stage Air Bag System: This system inflates with a
force appropriate to the severity of the impact. It includes the
occupant classification system (OCS)
System: Electronic sensors help prevent wheel lockup. The
ABS system offers improved steering control under extreme
braking and/or slippery conditions
Stability Program (ESP): This feature aids the driver in
maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer
and understeer control to maintain vehicle behavior on various
Steering Column: Manual-adjust telescoping steering column
includes two hydroformed coaxial tubes that move relative to
each other, which allows the column to move forward and provide
more energy absorption during an impact
Classification System (OCS): The OCS measures the conditions
for activation or deactivation of the passenger-side front air
bag based upon the weight of the occupant
The 2006 Dodge Charger
SRT8 will be assembled at Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton,
With a U.S. market share of approximately seven percent, Dodge is
Chrysler Group’s best-selling brand and the fifth-largest nameplate
in the U.S. automotive market. In 2004, Dodge sold more than 1.4
million vehicles. Dodge continues to lead the minivan market segment
with a 20 percent U.S. market share and maintains an 18 percent
share of the highly competitive truck market. In 2006, Dodge also
will enter key European volume segments.