Dodge Dakota R/T
The Dakota R/T was sold starting with the 1998 model year. Initially offered in only a standard cab configuration, a club cab became available later on. The goodie bag included 5.9 liter V8 with 250hp, heavy duty 46RE 4 speed auto trans, 3.92 ratio axle with limited slip, a tighter suspension, performance exhaust and unique 17″x9″ aluminum wheels shod in 255/55/17 rubber.
Starting in 2002 you could get chrome as a wheel finish on the Dak R/T. This Dakota R/T lasted through the 2003 model year.
The R/T Dak came back for 2006 & 2007. It was available in 2wd, and yes, 4wd models. Body configurations were club cab, and quad cab. Standard cab was no longer sold with this generation. Though not much more of a higher performer than a standard V8 Dakota, this one looked great with a better overall package. Opting for an R/T got you a hood scoop, added striping, special wheels and a unique instrument cluster. The engine this time around was a 260hp 4.7L High Output V8 backed by the 3.92 performance axle.
0-60 MPH: 7.0 seconds (2000 reg cab)
1/4 mile: 15.4 seconds @ 89MPH (2000 reg cab)
Horsepower: 250 (5.9L), 260 (4.7LHO)
Torque: 350 ft/lb (5.9L), 310 ft/lb (4.7L HO)