|LH Redesigned + Rear-Wheel-Drive = LX
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300M, Concorde, Intrepid, LHS, New Yorker, Vision
2006 Dodge Charger Daytona R/T
Limited production of 8,000 units. An extra 10 ponies gives the 5.7L OHV V8 a 350 total to play with, compared to the "standard" R/T trim level. Take your pick of "Go Man Go" and "Top Banana" paint schemes. Most likely to appeal to the retro crowd who believe nostalgic stickers and graphic add-ons are the best thing since slice cheese. A nod to the past? Yes. The hottest new Charger? No. See SRT-8.
2006 Dodge Charger R/T
About 60% of the all-new LX platform cars sold will be the mass-production Charger R/T. It makes do with 340 horsepower, very entertaining for a run-of-the-mill family four-door. Rear-wheel-drive, muscle car power, full-size dimensions, and aggressive styling certainly makes Camry and Accord drivers feel...insubstantial. SE and SXT designations will beat the heart of the old LH top dawg, the 250 hp 3.5L SOHC 24-valve V6.
2006 Dodge Charger SRT-8
How about a 425 hp 6.1L version of the Hemi? Zero to 60 mph in "well under five seconds." Automatic transmission too! If you want more bells and whistles, try the Chrysler 300C SRT-8, nearly identical in all mechanical aspects, but a tad heftier than Charger. However, no common body panels are shared. Top speed electronically limited to 155 mph. X-mas wishlist, here I come.
2005 Dodge Magnum RT
Why is this one "RT" instead of "R/T," we'll never know. What matters anyway? It has the same Hemi eight-cylinder powerplant as used in the Charger R/T and Chrysler 300C sedans. This maybe America's best value in new car buys as the station wagon factor has become cool again. The in-your-face proportions scream "I'm nothing else but a Dodge" and the front-end is downright menacing, echoing "son of Ram" cues. Add in the smoky burnout acceleration, great utility, and dealer incentive programs, and you have a frill-packed drag race machine that the Brady Bunch should have had on their driveway. A 200 hp 2.7L DOHC 24-valve V6 labeled SE is for the budget minded while the midlevel SXT brings the 3.5L back to the party.