|Dodge Charger SRT-8|
|Transmission||Five Speed Autostick|
|Engine||6.1L (370 cid) HEMI V8|
|Power||425 hp @ 6200 rpm
420 ft-lbs. @ 4800 rpm
|Similar||Chrysler 300C SRT8|
Dodge Magnum SRT8
When Dodge unveiled the all-new 2006 Dodge Charger into its lineup, performance-car aficionados had a lot to celebrate. The party got 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 provided 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 interior.
"The 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 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 Dodge Charger SRT8.
"The SRT approach to performance is multi-dimensional," said Dan Knott, Director, Street and Racing Technology, Chrysler Group. "For example, the 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 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.
- Dodge Charger + 425-horsepower 6.1-liter HEMI® + SRT = a car only Dodge can offer
- Balanced Performance: the quickest sedan in the Dodge lineup, plus race-bred handling, world-class braking
- SRT Performance: 0-60 mph in 5-second range, 0-100-0 mph in mid 16-second range, 60-0 mph in approximately 110 feet
- Base price: $35,995
Available option packages:
- Package 1 includes heated front seats, dual-zone air conditioning, air filtration system, automatic headlamps and one-touch up/down power front windows (MSRP $675)
- Package 2 includes a security system, 11-speaker Kicker® audio system with AM/FM radio and six-disc CD changer and MP3 (MSRP $1,245)
- Package 3 includes a DVD-based navigation system, SIRIUS Satellite Radio, which offers hundreds of commercial-free channels, and a UConnect™ hands-free communications system with Bluetooth™ technology (MSRP $2,550)
- Also available are supplemental side air bags (MSRP $390) and all-season tires (no extra charge).
It should be noted that while these packages can be overlapped, they are also sold separatedly. For example, Package 2 does not automatically include Package 1 contents, and Package 3 does not automatically include Package 1 and Package 2 contents.
Other available options include a rear entertainment DVD system, power sunroof, and premium SRT design wheels. The 2008 model year also offers HID(High Intensity Discharge) headlights as an option. In addition the 2008 model year also includes remote start in Package #2, and the DVD navigation system is a MyGig system. MyGig is a 20Gb hardrive that can store music, pictures, etc. that can be played on the navigation screen.
The 2006-2007 models were rated by the EPA at 14 MPG city and 20 highway. Due to the more restrictive ratings for EPA fuel mileage standards, 2008 models are rated at 13 city and 18 highway. For this reason, every new Charger SRT8 is sold with an unfortunate mandatory $2100 gas guzzler tax.
Ride and Handling[edit | edit source]
Chassis improvements on the 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 Dodge Charger SRT8 is one-half inch lower than the lesser Charger models. Handling is enhanced for performance with an Electronic Stability Program (ESP) specially tuned for Dodge Charger SRT8.
The 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.
Braking[edit | edit source]
Balanced performance demands the ability to slow and stop a vehicle in proportion to the ability to accelerate. The braking system of the 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.
Exterior[edit | edit source]
Functional performance 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 engine compartment.
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 quarters. A small detail change for 2008 was the deletion of the lower bodyside moldings. A revised rim design became available too, but the original design is still available.
===SRT8 colors available in 2006:=== Inferno Red, Bright Silver, Brilliant Black. One (supposedly the first) was painted Go ManGo Orange.
===SRT8 colors available in 2007:=== TorRed (replaced Inferno Red), Bright Silver, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat. Plum Crazy became an option late in the year, with only 300 being produced.
===SRT8 colors available in 2008:=== TorRed, Bright Silver, Brillant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, and Steel Blue Metallic.
===SRT8 colors available in 2009:=== TorRed, Bright Silver, Brillant Black Crystal Pearlcoat, and Deep Water Blue Metallic (replaced Steel Blue Metallic).
===Super Bee color in 2007:=== Detonator Yellow
===Super Bee color in 2008:=== B5 Blue
===Super Bee color in 2009:=== Hemi Orange Pearl Coat
Interior[edit | edit source]
Race-inspired interior appointments in the 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 center stack.
A 180-mph (300 kph) speedometer, tachometer and temperature gauge feature dark faces unique to the 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 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 conversations.
The Dodge Charger SRT8 interior is offered in Dark Slate Grey/Light Graystone.
Powertrain[edit | edit source]
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 speed.
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[edit | edit source]
Following are safety and security features in the Dodge Charger SRT8:
- Advanced 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)
- Anti-lock Brake System: Electronic sensors help prevent wheel lockup. The ABS system offers improved steering control under extreme braking and/or slippery conditions
- Electronic Stability Program (ESP): This feature aids the driver in maintaining vehicle directional stability, providing oversteer and understeer control to maintain vehicle behavior on various road surface.
- Energy-absorbing 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
- Occupant 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 Dodge Charger SRT8 is assembled at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
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 entered key European volume segments with great success.
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