Dodge Charger LX is a rear-wheel drive four-door automobile introduced in February 2005.
Built by Chrysler for its North American Dodge brand, the car was created to continue the Dodge Charger line, and replaced the Dodge Intrepid as Dodge’s full-size sedan.
Dodge Charger (2006–2010) shares the LX platform with the Chrysler 300, the newer third-generation Dodge Challenger, and the discontinued Dodge Magnum.
The first Charger was a 1964 show car, based on the Dodge Polara and fitted with a 426 Wedge V8 engine. The first production Charger, based on the Dodge Coronet, was introduced as a 1966 model. There were several different vehicles bearing the Charger nameplate built on three different platforms and sizes, all bearing the Charger nameplate. Although the name is associated with the late-1960s performance model in the Dodge range, it was also used on personal luxury coupes during the late-1970s and on front-wheel drive subcompact hatchbacks during the 1980s.
In 1999, Dodge introduced a new Charger R/T concept car. It took many styling cues from the 1960s Chargers, sharing their long nose and rearward cab, but was shorter at 187 in (4,750 mm), compared to 203 in (5,156 mm) for the 1966 Charger. It was also 650 lb (295 kg) lighter. It featured four-door sedan body design, while all the previous production Chargers had two doors.
|2006–2010||SE||2,736 cc (2.736 L; 167.0 cu in)
|190 hp (142 kW)||190 lb·ft (258 N·m)|
|SXT (G/H/N/P/R Packs)||3,518 cc (3.518 L; 214.7 cu in)
|250 hp (186 kW)||250 lb·ft (339 N·m)|
|2006–2008||R/T||5.7 L (345 cu in)
Hemi EZB V8
|340 hp (254 kW)||390 lb·ft (529 N·m)|
|R/T with Road/Track Performance Group||350 hp (261 kW)|
|2009–2010||R/T||5.7 L (345 cu in)
Hemi EZD V8
|368 hp (274 kW)||395 lb·ft (536 N·m)|
|R/T with Road/Track Performance Group||372 hp (277 kW)|
|2006–2010||SRT-8||6.1 L (370 cu in)
Hemi ESF V8
|425 hp (317 kW)||420 lb·ft (569 N·m)|
Both the SXT and R/T models were also available as AWD (All Wheel Drive) starting in 2007. The All-Wheel Drive system is derived from the Mercedes-Benz 4MATIC technology. From 2007-2008, the AWD system is engaged all the time, routing approximately 60% of the power to the rear wheels and 40% of the power to the front wheels. The 2009 Charger AWD utilized the Torque-on-Demand system manufactured by Borg Warner which disconnects the front axles until extra traction is needed. This results in a slight boost in fuel economy while retaining the same maximum power split to the front wheels.
After three years of production, an update for 2009 models was made. This included moving the decklid’s “CHARGER” badge from the left to the right, making way for “DODGE” at the left. Tail lamps were also revised.
The 2006 Charger Daytona R/T debuted at the Chicago Auto Show.Featured with a 5 speed Automatic (Tiptronic) Transmission. It featured a high output 350 hp (261 kW) version of the 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi as well as an updated suspension and tires. Visual additions included a special front fascia with a chin spoiler and a black rear spoiler. In a retro touch, the Daytona R/T featured black “Hemi” decals on the hood and rear fender and retro high impact colors.
|Go ManGo!||2006||4000 (US), 200 (CDN)|
|Top Banana||4000 (US), 250 (CDN)|
|TorRed||2000 (US), 250 (CDN)|
|Sublime||2007||1500 (US), 150 (CDN)|
|Plum Crazy||1400 (US), 120 (CDN)|
|Hemi Orange||2008||1650 (US), 100 (CDN)|
|Stone White||2009||400 (US), 75 (CDN)|
In 2007, larger 20-inch chrome-clad wheels were introduced. In 2008, a revised stripe package was adopted. In 2009, horsepower was increased to 372 hp (277 kW) by the addition of Variable Camshaft Timing.
An SRT-8 version of the Charger debuted at the 2005 New York International Auto Show. Powered by a 425 hp (317 kW) version of the 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi, it also featured upgraded Brembo brakes, and interior and exterior updates. The engine produces 420 lb·ft (569 N·m) of torque. The 425 net horsepower of the modern 6.1 L Hemi makes it even more powerful than the legendary Chrysler Hemi engines of the muscle car era, the biggest of which was rated at 425 gross horsepower. This makes the 6.1 L Hemi engine the most powerful V8 engine that Chrysler has ever put in a production vehicle with a 5-speed automatic transmission.
A new Super Bee version of the Charger debuted at the 2006 New York International Auto Show for the 2007 model year.
It shared the SRT-8’s 425 hp (317 kW) 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi engine, but was available in a special “Detonator Yellow” paint with black decals. It is a limited edition with only 1,000 being produced.
A B5 Blue version of the Super Bee was shown at the 2007 North American International Auto Show and went on sale in early 2008, also with a limited run of 1,000. A total of 425 Hemi Orange Super Bees were built in 2009.
Created with DUB Magazine, this version is based on the Charger SXT. It includes a body-colour spoiler and fog lamps, 20-inch alloy wheels with 245/45R20 tires, MyGIG Multimedia Infotainment System with 13-speaker PUNCHER surround-sound system, a 322w KICKER amplifier, a 100w KICKER subwoofer, and upgraded brakes from an R/T that are dual piston calipers in the front. Exterior colors are red, black, silver, cool vanilla, and dark titanium.
Although NASCAR stock cars bear only a slight resemblance to actual street cars, Dodge’s 2005 and 2006 NASCAR entries were based on the Dodge Charger silhouette, replacing the previous Dodge Intrepid. Unlike the Intrepid, the Charger shares rear-wheel drive and a V8 engine with its NASCAR counterparts.
During the 2007 NASCAR season the Dodge Charger was used in all non Car of Tomorrow races and the Dodge Avenger was used in all Car of Tomorrow races. The Car of Tomorrow was used exclusively in 2008. However, the Avenger Car of Tomorrow was redesignated as a Charger R/T through the use of different decals. The decals have been revised again for 2011-2012 to reflect the updated nose and tail styling of the production Charger, including the full-width taillight panel.
Dodge and Ram left NASCAR (Sprint, Nationwide, and Camping World Truck-series) at the end of the 2012 season. For the 2012 NASCAR season, Penske Racing was the only full time team champaigning Dodges (the #2 and #22 Chargers) in the Sprint Cup, and their #2 Miller Lite Dodge (driven by Brad Kesolowski) won the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship. Despite winning the Sprint Cup, Penske Racing switched to Ford for the 2015 season.
The Dodge Charger SE and SXT are equipped with Chrysler’s 3.5 L V6. The 3.5 L V6 produces 250 hp (186 kW) and 250 lb·ft (339 N·m) of torque. In Canada, the base model Charger has a 2.7 L V6, which produces 178 hp (133 kW) and 190 lb·ft (258 N·m) of torque. In 2006, the 2.7 L V6 was also available in the U.S. for fleet sales only. For 2007, the SE package could be had with the 2.7 L engine for all buyers. The Canadian SXT model included the 3.5 L V6.
The R/T version uses the 5.7 L (345 cu in) Hemi V8. From 2006-2008, this engine produced 340 hp (254 kW) and 390 lb·ft (529 N·m) of torque. For 2009, Variable Camshaft Timing was added, raising power levels to 368 hp (274 kW) and 395 lb·ft (536 N·m) of torque respectively.
The SRT-8 model comes with the 6.1 L (370 cu in) Hemi V8. The 6.1 L Hemi produces 425 hp (317 kW) and 420 lb·ft (569 N·m) of torque.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety gives the Dodge Charger an overall Good score in frontal crash tests. In side impacts Dodge Charger models equipped with optional side airbags are given a Marginal score overall, and models without side airbags are given the lowest overall Poor score.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration gives the Dodge Charger five stars on passenger, driver, and rear passenger crash test ratings and four stars in regard to side impact rating.
All models come standard with Electronic Stability Program (ESP) (except in 2.7 L V6 cars where it is optional) with ABS and all speed traction control.