It’s was more than 30 years since Dodge ruled the streets with HEMI® power and rear-wheel-drive performance. In 2003, Dodge unleashed power in an all-new proportion with the introduction of its Dodge Magnum SRT-8 Concept.
“Dodge Magnum SRT-8 Concept is the new shape of American muscle,” said Dieter Zetsche, then President and CEO, Chrysler Group. “With its innovative packaging, performance and utility, there’s nothing else like it. Dodge Magnum is the performance sports tourer that packs a powerful punch and the functionality of an all-wheel drive sport utility. Armed with HEMI inside and rear-wheel drive, Dodge Magnum SRT-8 Concept delivers power in a package that offers unmatched flexibility and versatility.”
While the Dodge Magnum SRT-8 is a concept vehicle, it provided a strong hint at the first version of Chrysler Group’s rear-wheel drive “LX” vehicles.
Chrysler stouted that the legendary engine that powered Dodge’s muscle cars of the 1960s had been re-engineered and reborn as a modern, high performance, fuel-efficient and durable powerplant known as at the time, the all-new 5.7-liter HEMI V8. The Dodge Magnum SRT-8 Concept vehicle featured a supercharged version of the 5.7-liter HEMI.
The Dodge Magnum SRT-8 concept features a super-charged version of the 5.7-liter HEMI V8 that was introduced in the 2003 Dodge Ram. A Whipple Charger provided heart-stopping acceleration, with the unique combination of maximum power at low rpms for drivability and ultra-high efficiency for top-end horsepower.
While Dodge never released full-specifications on the power numbers of the Whipple-Charged 5.7-liter HEMI V8, it was guesstimated to have in the neighborhood of 430 horsepower.
Much of the design from the concept made it into the 2005 Dodge Magnum production model. Even the wheel design was scaled down to an 18-wheel design for the 2005 Dodge Magnum RT.
The Dodge Magnum SRT-8 Concept was first true public look at the upcoming LX platform vehicles. The Magnum went into production with a four model year run. That included a SRT-8 model featuring the 6.1-liter SRT HEMI V8 with 425 horsepower, that appeared in the 2006 model year.
Wheelbase: 120.0 inches (3,048mm)
Overall length: 197.7 inches (5,021 mm)
Overall width: 74.0 inches (1,880 mm)
Overall height: 59.3 inches (1,505 mm)
Front overhang: 34.9 inches (886 mm)
Rear overhang: 42.8 inches (1,086 mm)
Front track: 63.0 inches (1,600 mm)
Rear track: 63.0 inches (1,600 mm)
Super-charged 5.7-liter HEMI® V8
Electronically controlled five-speed automatic with AutoStick®
Front: Short-and long-arm
Rear: Independent five-bar multi-link
Front tires: 275/40R20
Front wheel size: 20×9 inches
Rear tires: 295/40R20
Rear wheel size: 20×10 inches
Exterior color: Maximum Steel Pearl
Interior colors: Dark Slate Gray/Slate Gray Pearl with Ochre accents
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