Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Dodge Charger R/T, Part 3

Why you shouldn t buy this car: The anti-four-door brigade has a point: the Charger R/T lacks charisma. While the Hemi lets rip in fine fashion, and The Dodge Boys have pumped-up the interior volume to proper Yank Tank proportions, there s really nothing to get all that excited about. A muscle car needs drama, flair and excitement. The Charger R/T is simply too sensible for its own good. Both the interior and exterior lack the kind of killer app that lifts a bread-and-butter sedan onto that next level, where you re completely convinced that your kid schlepper is too cool for school.

Why you should buy this car: The engine.

Chrysler s 5.7-liter Hemi is a pistonheads dream come true: a smooth cruising, bad-ass blasting peach of a powerplant, offering massive bang for very little bucks. The outer wrapper (i.e. the car) lacks the ripped physique muscle car fanatics adore, but the Charger s ergonomics will increase the average driver s appreciation for the sedan s engineering and value as the miles blow by. The Charger R/T is practical, comfortable, reliable, affordable and, in a straight line, fun.

Suitability Parameters:
· Speed Merchants: Yes
· Fashion Victims: No
· Treehuggers: No
· Mack Daddies: No
· Tuner Crowd: Yes
· Hairdressers: No
· Penny Pinchers: No
· Euro Snobs: No
· Working Stiffs: No
· Technogeeks: No
· Poseurs: No
· Soccer Moms: No
· Nascar Dads: Yes
· Golfing Grandparents: No

Vitals:
· Manufacturer: Dodge
· Model tested: Dodge Charger R/T
· Model year: 2006
· Price as Tested: $29,995
· Engine type: 5.7-liter Hemi V8, cast iron block, 16-vavles
· Horsepower: 340 hp @ 5000 rpm
· Torque: 390 ft. lbs. @ 4000 rpm
· Redline: 5800 rpm
· Wheels and Tires: Continental P225/60R118H 99H All Season Touring
· Drive type: RWD
· 0 - 60: 6.0 secs.
· 1/4 mile: 13.9 secs.
· Top speed: 130 mph (limited)
· Fuel economy city/highway: 17/25
· NHTSA crash test rating front/side/rollover: 5/5/4

[by Robert Farago]

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Jalopnik Reviews: 2006 Dodge Charger R/T, Part 1, Part 2 [internal]