Dodge celebrates Charger's return to NASCAR Nextel Cup racing at Daytona International Speedway with new Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
Dodge to boost HEMI® to 350 horsepower for Dodge Charger Daytona R/T model introduction
"Go ManGo!" and "Top Banana" classic paint schemes to appear on limited-production Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
Legendary Colors for Legendary Car
New 2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T Model Sure to be "Top Banana"
Auburn Hills, Mich. - 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." 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.
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 power-adjustable pedals. 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 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 - 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.
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
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 there. 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 vehicles.
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 Firecracker 400. 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.
Dodge Charger eBay Charity Auction
Dodge Charger is back! ...on the track and on the street, and Dodge is celebrating with a special charity auction on eBay. The auction package features the first volume-production 2006 Dodge Charger off the Brampton assembly line. The package also includes the Charger race car shell used during the press reveal at the 2005 North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit, Mich., that was signed by Richard Petty, seven-time NASCAR Cup Series title winner, Kasey Kahne, NASCAR Rookie-of-the-Year and Dieter Zetsche, Chrysler Group President and CEO. Also included in the auction is a Dodge Charger Experience package that features airfare, accommodations and tickets to the Dodge Charger 500 race in Darlington, South Carolina, on May 7 and a chance to meet "The King," Richard Petty to receive the Charger keys. The proceeds from the winning bid will be shared equally by the Victory Junction Gang and the Salvation Army charities. Bidding began at www.ebay.com/charger on February 1. As of Feb. 4, approximately 7,400 interested bidders have visited the auction Web site page, with a high bid of $37,100 being placed. The auction will close on February, 11, 2005.
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 will enter key European volume segments.