The 1998 Dodge Dakota, already best-in-class with its 5.2-liter
Magnum V-8 engine, sets the performance bar even higher with the
R/T's 250-horsepower 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 engine. Wearing new
oversized 17-inch wheels and P255/55 R17 tires, the Dakota R/T has a
thicker rear stabilizer bar, lowered suspension, and limited-slip
rear differential. And in true street vehicle fashion, R/T will only
be offered in a 4X2 configuration.
The result is a truck enthusiast's dream: aggressive looks combined
with nimble ride, precise handling, stable cornering and an
exceptionally responsive power train. "The key words here are
'enhanced performance,'" said Bernard Robertson,
Vice President - Engine Technologies and General Manager of Truck
Operations. "We took our already-proven 1997 Dodge Dakota and
further pushed it to the limits with the R/T. The result is a truck
that offers an even more exhilarating experience and still
over-delivers on style, capability and comfort."
Dodge Dakota, the only compact truck with a V-8, now offers a choice
of two V-8 engine sizes with the addition of Dakota R/T's 5.9-liter
engine. The 250 horsepower and 345 lb-ft. of torque is maximized
with a performance-tuned dual inlet stainless steel exhaust system.
The heavy-duty electronic four-speed automatic transmission (46RE)
is standard with the 5.9 V-8.
The 1998 Dakota R/T has front and rear stabilizer bars to control
handling, but the rear bar is a beefier 19 mm to minimize body roll
in turns during cornering. Dakota R/T adds a limited-slip
differential for improved traction and quicker starts.
Oversized 17-inch wheels and tires give the sport truck even more of
a solid, stable footprint, which further enhances handling. The
suspension, which was built with a focus on road handling as opposed
to load hauling, is lowered to give the R/T a sleek, road-hugging
look and feel.
"With our 1997 Dakota, we were proud of the fact that we were able
to combine car-like handling capabilities with the functional
attributes of a truck," said Robertson. "Without sacrificing the
benefits of our 1997 Dakota, we made the 1998 Dodge Dakota R/T even
more responsive." Dakota R/T's distinctive sport truck styling
statement is underscored with a unique exterior package which
includes front and rear color-keyed bumpers and flared fenders to
accommodate the vehicle's larger wheels and tires. Dakota R/T is
available in two body styles: 4X2 Regular Cab or Club Cab; and four
colors: Flame Red, Black, Intense Blue, and Deep Amethyst.