The name Dodge Charger Daytona began in 1969 and was sometimes diluted as the brand rebadged standard models with that nameplate. However, with the resurrection of the Charger nameplate in 2006, the Charger Daytona moniker returned. The modern-day Charger Daytona was a more premium take on the four-door 5.7-liter (345 cubic-inch) HEMI® V8, incorporating some features from the more performance-oriented Charger SRT-8, creating a performance statement on its own.
The 2008 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona currently going across the Mecum Kissimmee 2024 auction block this Friday, January 12th, is virtually untouched since it left the dealer showroom. With only 179 miles on its odometer, it serves as a representation of what Dodge HEMI® muscle car performance looked like 15 years ago.
Under the hood lies the 5.7-liter (345 cubic-inch) HEMI® V8 with 350 horsepower and 390 lb.-ft. of torque (rated 10 horsepower higher than the standard R/T, thanks to a bit of tuning and a better-flowing exhaust). The HEMI was mated to a Mercedes-sourced W5A580 5-speed automatic transmission with Chrysler’s AutoStick manual shifting feature.
What makes the 2008 Dodge Charger R/T Daytona so special? Well, for 2008, only 1,750 units were produced (1,650 for the U.S. and 100 for Canada), all of which came in the beautiful HEMI® Orange exterior paint, a color exclusive to the R/T Daytona in 2008.
Each Daytona came with a HEMI® Orange-accented engine cover, dual exhaust, high-response steering, performance suspension from the R/T Road and Track Performance Package, 8-way power driver and front passenger seats with an embroidered “Daytona” logo. Each car also featured “HEMI” and “Daytona” blackout graphics down the side of the car and on the hood, a classic R/T grille badge on a blacked-out honeycomb grille, 20-inch x 8-inch chrome-clad wheels, black front chin, and rear deck lid spoilers, remote start, and a Mopar air diffuser.
While the 2006 to 2010 Dodge Charger styling raised a lot of eyebrows back in the mid-2000s, today, it remains the modern-day Charger in its rawest form. It also retains the most likeness to its muscle car ancestors, thanks to its simplicity when compared to the 2023 version. Turn knob stereo, tall four-spoke steering wheel, and of course, actually having to put the key in and turn it. Someone will probably be able to scoop up this low-mile condition for a great price, and it should be an amazing weekend cruiser.
For more details, check out the car’s official Mecum.com page.
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