2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Delivers Modern Performance And Old School Power

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Grille
Our biggest complaint with the current generation Dodge Charger has been the that is both underpowered and overweight.  A middle-aged four door once muscle cars that had been redesigned as a full size family sedan. Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand has gone about changing our minds by launching the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8  with a 6.4 Liter HEMI shoved under the hood and 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque. 0-60 you ask? Sub 5 seconds!

2012 DODGE CHARGER SRT8

  • Introduction Date: Fall 2011 as 2012 model
  • Engine: 6.4-liter (392 cubic inch) HEMI V-8
  • Estimated Power: 465 bhp
  • Estimated Torque: 465 lb.-ft.
  • Estimated Handling: .88g on skidpad
  • Estimated Top Speed: 175 mph
  • Estimated 0-60 mph: High 4-second range
  • Estimated ¼ mile: High 12-second range

Dodge announced today at the Chicago Auto Show that the Dodge Charger SRT8 will return for the 2012 model year.

“We’re continuing the fast-paced rebuilding of Dodge as our performance brand, and the expansion of our SRT product lineup in 2012 is an important part of our rejuvenation,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO, Dodge Brand — Chrysler Group LLCs. “The new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the iconic four-door fastback coupe design of the all-new Charger and adds a much larger power band across the rpm range, along with intelligent performance attributes and safety and creature comforts for customers who are passionate about performance driving.”

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Side View

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and will be in dealer showrooms later this year.

UNDER THE HOOD : The new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 delivers more horsepower and torque than the 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces. It also will offer improved fuel economy.

Estimated power ratings for the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 are 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, including an estimated additional 80 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900 rpm.

Building upon the standard Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode) found in the new 6.4 HEMI V-8, a new for 2012 active valve exhaust system allows the technology to engage over a wider rpm range, which delivers improved fuel efficiency or the use of all eight cylinders when the power is needed.

An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing provides maximum low-end torque for impressive standing starts while optimizing high-end power.

For the first time in any Chrysler Group LLC SRT product, standard paddle-shift technology joins the standard AutoStick on the floor shifter. Both are mated to the proven W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission, allowing a choice of spirited shifting on the road and the racetrack.

Both shifting methods give the driver the ability to shift while the transmission controller calibration prevents situations that might over rev the engine. Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while minimizing harshness.

OUTSTANDING RIDE AND HANDLING :New for 2012, drivers can manually choose between “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from the ease of everyday commuting to harsher, more challenging driving situations.

The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system also is improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.

New, split five-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with black painted pockets provide great looks, and the available three- or four-season tires make the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 easy to handle and fun to drive.

OUTSTANDING BRAKING : The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 comes through four-piston Brembo calipers and vented/slotted rotors measuring 14.2 inches up front and 13.8 inches in the rear.

The Charger SRT8’s Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and engages the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.

AGGRESSIVE  EXTERIOR STYLING: Exclusive new front and rear fascias, along with a new rear spoiler, distinguish the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 with a high performance look.

The front grille, grille surround and Dodge crosshair feature high-gloss black finishes and the SRT badge. A newly sculpted hood features a 6.4 L (liter) badge and black air exhauster for added engine cooling.

In the rear, the Charger’s new signature “racetrack” taillamp design with 164 illuminating LEDs receives new 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and an SRT8 decklid badge to boldly show the Street and Racing Technology DNA.

Unique side-sill cladding is painted to match the body color.

A newly designed underbody belly pan features integrated brake ducting to improve cooling and brake fade performance at all four corners.

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6 Comments

  1. Large addict of this website, lots of your writes have really helped me out. Awaiting news!

  2. Purchased these rotors for my ’99 4Runner as a part in the ‘Tundra brake conversion’ (requires Tundra calipers and pads as well). The rotors live up to the Brembo name (extremely high quality). The rotors are shipped with a light oil coating; simply hit them with some brake cleaner and they’ll be ready to use.

  3. Sales will begin later this year?

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