• Aug 18, 2010
2011/2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 prototype – click above for high-res image gallery

It's no secret that Chrysler is unleashing redesigned versions of the 300 and Dodge Charger sedans this Fall and we've seen numerous images of them prowling the streets of suburban Detroit in recent months. Now another of Autoblog's eagle-eyed readers, Marty M., has dropped us a note to let us know that he had captured what appears to be the new SRT8 version of the Charger.

We're assuming this is the high-output Charger based on the size of the wheels and rear deck appendage, along with the depth of the front air dam. The freshly contoured flanks are visible under the camo, but we can't quite tell if there is a new piece of glass at the trailing edge of the rear doors. The new SRT8 engine is expected to grow from the current 6.1-liters to 6.4-liters with at least 450 horsepower, and shooter Marty tells us it sounds very much how a big V8 ought to. It isn't known if the high-performance SRT version of the next Charger will debut alongside its lesser linemates for model year 2011, or if it will hang out until it can earn a 2012 designation. Either way, it's time to get excited.






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      • 4 Years Ago
      Not interested until they offer a coupe. The sedan is just too looooong.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I would (safely) guess there will never be a 2-dr Charger. That's the Challenger nowadays.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oops, my mistake, thinking of the 300, which the Challenger is actually longer than. But the Charger is still biggest. In any case, we're talking a couple of inches either way.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The Dodge Charger has fulfilled its' intended niche position as the most agressive and capable American sedan today. In one edition Dodges sedan went from attractive but bland FWD Intrepid, to in your face performance RWD image car. In hues of orange, yellow, green, red, purple and synister black, there's no mistaking Charger for anything else on the road. Throw in the Daytona, Super Bee and SRT models and you have the formula for taking driving a family sedan to a youthful performance image thrill experience. This is one capable sedan, frankly rivaling much more expensive imports in many areas, and blowing them away in it's target demographic. Yes some, and only some, would choose a BMW, and some,yes some with advanced degrees and lucrative diposable incomes will and have choosen the exciting Dodge Charger.
      This next generation Charger will only build on that image and expand it's demographics. Looks like a winner Dodge Boys!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The Intrepid bland?

        What did you smoke when you woke up? Honestly, for the FWD era the Intrepid handled quite well for it's size, and was far from bland. Especially when parked next to a comparable GM, Ford or Toyota of the same era.

        Trouble is how many LH owners did Chrysler retain with the LX's? I doubt few if any wanted one due to the smaller size, and didn't find RWD appealing to their needs.

        The Charger finally became a decent car in 08, after finally shedding that awful dashboard, hopefully it will get better with this next generation. Lets hope that they finally figured out the ESP programming as well, it's extremely hard to have "fun" when the ESP steps in after you've switched it "off".
      • 4 Years Ago
      More of the same UGLY. 25 years from now people are going to asking themselves, "WHY would anyone bought one of those Mitsubishii's anyways?"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Carslut, if you're referring to the rear end tailight/trunklid design of the current car resembling that of a Galant, then MAYBE I can KIND OF see what you're talking about. But the Charger has always been a much bolder overall design statement than the mediocre at best Galant that has since received a new rear end anyway.

        Otherwise this car has NOTHING to do with ANY Mitsubishi product. Chrysler shares a platform the Sebring/Avenger/Caliber/Compass/Patriot with the Lancer (and those are all of their most pooly rated cars, so what does that tell you?) and that's IT. And that's soon coming to an end with the Fiat replacements.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysler_LX_platform

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitsubishi_GS_platform
        • 4 Years Ago
        What in the world are you talking about? None of the components in ANY Chrysler product, EXCEPT the Caliber SRT/4, is made by Mitsubishi. And even then, with the SRT/4, it's only the turbocharger that is a Mitsubishi component.

        So please, show me what component on this car is produced by Mitsubishi. Because it sure isn't the engine, chassis, and body.

        You sir, are a moron.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It's actually much closer to the older LH platform than the E-Class. And they don't really share anything outside of ABS/ESP, rear diff and transmissions with the E.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wait till you hear its exhaust note..it sounds like Gettysburg blended with Gwar in the middle of a hurricane.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Can you possibly use a better band? Gwar is a gimmicky band that is horrible in every form of the word. Comparing a Hemi V8's sound to them would be saying the engine sounds like crap.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps either Cradle of Filth, Slipknot, or Disturbed?
        • 4 Years Ago
        OK..sub Gwar for Lamb of God.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Bless Chrysler/Jeep/Dodge for still offering full size cars and SUVs with RWD and kickin' V8 engines. Buy them while you can and have fun... those specs will soon be history!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm so sick of seeing this thing in camo. Show us the whole car already!
        • 4 Years Ago
        If by the Ghetto you mean the suburbs then I agree.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I just hope they dont still have that "Dakota Ram Grille on it!!!!

      The rest of the car in other photos looks good!

        • 4 Years Ago
        You do realize the crosshair grille is a Dodge trademark, right? It'll be apart of Dodge's design language for decades to come.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are you the next ugly car no one wants
        • 4 Years Ago
        As a rule, don't be the first to make a comment.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Steve Ruiz, could you possibly be any bigger of a moron?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Charger is pretty popular, i see them everywhere. Plus people really like to put some minor after market parts on it, like head lights, special grilles and all that.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Honestly, I also see them fairly frequently, but I don't understand why.
        • 4 Years Ago
        it's usually the ghettoest ppl who drive the charger, that or police. no one drives it because it's good looking.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Elmo

      If Dodge is trying to retro the Charger or even if they are not, they dont to be putting the same boring corporate grille on everything! That Dakota Grille needs to go or they should have left the styling alone then!

      The Challenger looks great and it doesnt have the cross Ram type grille!

        • 4 Years Ago
        Did you relay that message to BMW and Ford as well? How about Chevy with the new split grille, or Cadillac with the angular headlights and Eldorado tail-lights?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Nice.
      • 4 Years Ago
      if you want to see what the front end looks like go to allpar.com!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like nothing new. Probably still no continuity in design, rounded front design and angular rear end, in other words ugly.
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