While the four-rings brand gets to make hay from the fact that Tony Stark is driving an Audi R8 e-tron in “Iron Man 3,” it’s not the only automaker with a big role in a silver-screen sequel this spring: Dodge and the SRT brand are partnering with “Fast & Furious 6”—slated to premiere on May 24, 2013—to show off a trio of high-performers driven by the franchise’s resident Dodge fanatic, Dom Toretto (again played by Vin Diesel).
Toretto’s daily driver is Dodge Challenger SRT8, but he also gets behind the wheel of a Dodge Charger SRT8 as well as an incredible 1969 Dodge Charger Daytona. On the track, the winged wonder was the first NASCAR racer to break 200 mph, but the brand also sold about 500 to the public, with a choice of either a 440-cubic-inch V8 or a rare 426-cubic-inch HEMI. For a little history lesson, here’s how those vintage V8s stack up against the 392-cubic-inch HEMI that motivates today’s 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 and 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8:
- Charger Daytona with optional 426-CID/7.0-liter V8—425 hp and 490 lb.-ft. of torque
- Charger Daytona with its standard 440-CID/7.2-liter V8—375 hp and 480 lb.-ft. of torque
- Charger SRT8/Challenger SRT8 with 6.4-liter HEMI—470 hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque
“Dodge has been at the heart of the ‘Fast & Furious’ franchise since the beginning and we are proud to be part of ‘Fast & Furious 6,’” said Tim Kuniskis, president and CEO of the Dodge brand. “Like ‘Fast & Furious 6,’ Dodge fuels the passions of the automotive enthusiast. Our innovative vehicles stand apart in performance and style, providing our customers with a way to express who they are and what they can do in the world.”
The movie also will star humans like Duane (The Rock) Johnson, Jason Statham, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Ludacris, and further be supported by Dodge/SRT efforts like …