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Return of the Charger

RIDE OF THE WEEK: 2006 DODGE CHARGER R/T DAYTONA

This week’s Ride of the Week is a 2006 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona owned by Michael Stone of Scranton.

The name Charger has been used several times by Dodge, each for a different style of car, including a performance automobile like the Ford Shelby, hatchbacks, sedans and even a luxury car. The Charger returned in 2006 after a 28-year absence, and ever since then, it has been the name for Dodge’s powerful performance sedan.

Stone purchased his yellow Charger — with black trim and a black interior — brand new from a local dealership in the fall of 2005. The Dodge Charger Daytona R/T is the top of the line in Dodge Chargers (there are actually six versions of the Dodge Charger available — three V6 styles and three V8 styles). Stone’s was one of 4,000 painted in an updated version of the 1970 Charger’s “Top Banana” yellow. The Daytona R/T also comes with a rear deck lid spoiler, a front chin spoiler, a black honeycomb grill and R/T badging. The car also has suede seat inserts in the front seat with logos on the headrests.

Stone says that he primarily drives it in the spring, summer and fall, since it is a rear wheel drive car. “That might be the one drawback of the car here in areas where we get bad weather. Because the Charger is rear wheel drive, it really doesn’t drive well in the snow, and for that reason I kept my old car (a 2002 Jeep Grand Cherokee) to drive when the weather is bad.” “Besides,” he adds, “I wouldn’t really want to drive the Charger in the winter and have the road salt get to it anyway. I’m trying to keep it as clean as possible.”

His Charger features a 5.7 liter V8 engine capable of producing 340 horsepower at 5000 rpm, and a five speed automatic transmission with AutoStick. It is a length of 200 inches, a width of 74.5 inches and a height of about 58 inches.

In order to maximize performance of his Charger even more, Stone has added a JBA cat back stainless steel dual exhaust, JBA high-flow catalytic converters, as well as Eibach front and rear sways and a PPP Race Warrior Custom Grind cam shaft. “That’s all I’ve done so far,” Stone says. “I plan on doing some other minor things over the winter, but I haven’t really thought about what more I want to do with it.”

The Charger features a multi-point fuel injection system, four-wheel ABS brakes, and election traction control.

The interior also features a front 12-volt power outlet, an audio system with an AM/FM stereo with a CD player. Stone says that he and his wife will be taking his Charger R/T Daytona out to car shows next spring and summer, so be sure to look for the yellow Dodge.

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