Wagons used to be so uncool. They were sort of like those nerdy kids we all knew growing up - the ones who didn't wear the fashionable clothes, rode the brown bike, and liked math a little too much. Well, that's over. Dodge has effectively brought the uncool wagon into the realm of the cool with the debut of the 2006 Magnum SRT-8. And the whole family, even the geeky math whiz, can join in for the fun. Granted, the regular Magnum can hold its own, but have you ever done burnouts in a 425-horsepower station wagon that goes from 0-60 mph in about five seconds and goes back to 0 mph in about 110 feet? Now that's a car that hauls more than groceries.
All told, the 6.1-liter Hemi will reach its max horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 420 lb.-ft. of twist opens up at 4,800 rpm. Power is managed by a five-speed automatic transmission with the AutoStick manual shifting feature. The rear differential and axles have been strengthened to handle the added power and torque.
Suspension upgrades for the 2006 Dodge Magnum SRT-8 include unique dampers, different spring rates, and larger anti-sway bars. The Magnum SRT-8 rides half an inch lower than stock, and the stability control system is reprogrammed to handle the SRT-8's increased performance capabilities. Twenty-inch aluminum wheels wear Goodyear F1 three-season tires; 245/45R20s are used in front and 255/45R20s are used in the rear. Red Brembo brake calipers work with 360-mm x 32-mm vented discs in the front and 350-mm x 28-mm discs in the rear.
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