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The Dodge Dakota R/T is a limited edition “street truck” fashioned off of the already-popular Dakota pickup. The vehicle features a 250-horsepower 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 engine. Also included was oversized 17-inch wheels, lowered suspension, performance exhaust and many other performance enhancements.
The Dodge Dakota R/T went on sale spring of 1998 packing 250 horsepower and 345 lb.-ft. of torque.
The 5.9-liter Magnum V-8 engine is maximized with a performance-tuned dual inlet stainless steel exhaust system and a heavy-duty electronic four-speed automatic transmission (46RE).
The Dakota R/T was fitted with oversized 17-inch wheels and P255/55 R17 tires gives the Dakota R/T 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.
The 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 and a limited-slip differential for improved traction and quicker starts.
In true street vehicle fashion the Dakota R/T offered a nimble ride, precise handling, stable cornering and an exceptionally responsive power train and still over-delivers on style, capability and comfort but was only offered in a 4X2 configuration.
The 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. For more information on the Dodge Dakota R/T, including production information and more visit The Dodge Dakota R/T Zone.