What does Dodge RT Stand for?

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Introduction

Dodge is an American Detroit based automotive manufacturer that started in 1900 by the Dodge brothers. Dodge has gone through a few ownership in the past century, and now it is owned Fiat and Chrysler. Among the many brands that Dodge cars produce, are the R/T models, which are now known as the SRT models. In this article, I present the R/T definition and models as well as the SRT models to date.

R/T

R/T was first introduced in the 1960’s, and it stands for Road/Track, which means any vehicle with this rating is fit for both road driving and track racing. R/T vehicles have upgraded suspension, tires, brakes, and usually more powerful engines. In most cases, the paintwork reflected the R/T badge, and the paintwork is monotype paint and stripe with aggressive body modifications to accompany the specialized look.

SRT

In 2004 the R/T badge was internally challenged by the SRT badge which stands for Street & Racing Technology. The first SRT in development was the Doidge Viper, and until the SRT badge replaced the R/T badge, the group designing the new performance vehicle were called Team Viper. At the same time, another team was in operation; Team Prowler that was busy creating the Plymouth Prowler. At the Prowler was rated a Specialty Vehicle Engineering (SVE), however in January 2001, the SVE badge was replaced by the Performance Vehicle Operations (PVO) badge, and in 2004 this was rebranded SVT to replace the R/T. SRT is basically the continuation of R/T vehicles and comes with heavy tuned vehicles for Chrysler, Dodge, and Jeep.

The current naming of SRT models show the type of the engine of the model, for instance; the Chrysler 300C SRT-8 has a 6.1-liter Hemi V-8 engine, the Dodge Viper SRT-10, and the Dodge Ram SRT-10 have an 8.3 L V-10 engine.

Modern R/T

There are now two performance models to choose from, the R/T and the SRT.

Engine Upgrades

R/T and SRT engines are upgraded versions of their standard counterparts, so a standard model 6.4L Hemi engine will have an SRT version rated at 470 hp (350 kW) and 470 lb/ft (637 N/m)

The most powerful SRT model today is the 2018 Challenger Demon. This SRT model delivers a quarter mile time of 9.65 seconds.

RT vs. SRT

The main difference between SRT and R/T models is the engine upgrade, where modern SRT’s have more powerful engines than their R/T counterparts. Take the Dodge Challenger that has a 5.7L engine in the R/T badge; this is 100HP less powerful than the new 6.4L SRT8 engine.

RT Vehicles

Here is a list of all the R/T badged vehicles on the market, new and old, arranged alphabetically.

Current Models

VehicleDateTypeEngine
Dodge Challenger R/T2008-PresentV85.7 Chrysler Hemi engine 375 hp (Manual) 372 hp
Dodge Charger R/T2011-PresentV85.7 Chrysler Hemi engine 370 hp
Dodge Durango R/T2011-PresentV85.7 Chrysler Hemi engine 360 hp
Dodge Journey R/T2012-PresentV63.6 Chrysler Pentastar engine 283hp

Old Models

Dodge Aspen R/T1976-1980V85.9 Chrysler LA 360 engine 170 hp
Dodge Avenger R/T2008-2014V63.5 Chrysler SOHC EGF engine 283 hp
Dodge Caliber R/T2004-2007I42.4 World engine 172 hp
Dodge Challenger R/T1970-1971V87.0 Chrysler 426 Hemi engine 425 hp;
7.2 Chrysler RB 440 Six Pack 390HP;
Dodge Charger R/T1968-1971V87.0 Chrysler 426 Hemi engine 425 hp;
7.2 Chrysler RB 440 Six Pack 390HP;
Dodge Charger R/T2006-2010V85.7 Chrysler Hemi engine 340-350 hp
Dodge Coronet R/T1967-1970V87.0 Chrysler 426 Hemi engine 425 hp;
7.2 Chrysler RB 440 Six Pack 390HP;
7.2 Chrysler RB 440 Magnum 375 HP;
Dodge Dakota R/T1998-2003V85.9 Chrysler LA Magnum engine 250 hp
Dodge Daytona IROC R/T1992-1993I42.2 Chrysler Turbo DOHC K engine Turbo 224 hp
Dodge Durango R/T1999-2003V85.9 Chrysler LA Magnum engine 250 hp
Dodge Intrepid R/T2000-2002V63.5 Chrysler SOHC EGG engine 242 hp
Dodge Journey R/T2009-2015V63.5 Chrysler SOHC EGG engine 235 hp
Dodge Magnum R/T2004-2007V85.7 Chrysler Hemi engine 340 hp
Dodge Neon R/T1998-1999I42.0 Chrysler Neon A588 engine 150 hp
Dodge Neon R/T2001-2004I42.0 Chrysler Neon Magnum engine 150 hp
Dodge Nitro R/T2008-2009V64.0 Chrysler SOHC EGG engine 255 hp
Dodge Ram 1500 R/T2005-2010V85.7 Chrysler Hemi engine 345 hp
Dodge Spirit R/T1991-1992I42.2 Chrysler Turbo DOHC K engine Turbo 224 hp
Dodge Stealth R/T1991-1996V63.0 Mitsubishi DOHC 6G72 engine 222 hp
Dodge Stratus R/T2001-2005V63.0 Mitsubishi SOHC 6G72 engine 200 hp
Dodge Viper R/T101992-1997V108.0 Chrysler Viper engine 400 hp

2019 R/T

A few Dodge model R/T engines will come out in 2019, among them are the Challenger series, and I present to you the four different R/T, SRT versions to compare. Take note of the engines basic performance and what it delivers in each upgraded model.

2019 R/T Challenger

Engine: 392 HEMI® V8 ENGINE 485 horsepower, 475 pound-feet of torque, 0-60 mph in the low 4-second range, quarter mile in the mid 12-second range.

Models

  • 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody. This model comes with a standard six-speed TREMEC® manual transmission combined with the 485-horsepower 392 HEMI® 6.2L 4L V8 engine.
  • 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 this model delivers 485 horsepower from the 392 HEMI® V8 engine.

2019 SRT Challenger

Engine: SUPERCHARGED 6.2L HEMI® SRT HELLCAT V8 ENGINE, 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque.

Models

  • 2019 Challenger SRT® Hellcat comes with a 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® V8 engine pumping out 717 horsepower.
  • 2019 Challenger SRT® Hellcat Redeye. Provides you with 797 horsepower from a 6.2L Supercharged High-Output HEMI® V8 engine.

Conclusions

The R/T badge delivers extreme road and track performance but is not the most powerful engine type on the market. Dodge has the new SRT that is their ultimate power performance models. The R/T and SRT models come with slight body differences but are essentially similar. The only difference between them is when you turn the key.

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