• Feb 9, 2011
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Dodge has dropped the Street and Racing Technology motherlode on the eve of the Chicago Auto Show and first out of the gate is the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 – what Eminem should've rolled in during the Super Bowl.

As with anything birthed from Chrysler's in-house tuning division, the Charger SRT8 is all about the engine, so the transformation begins with the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 putting out 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque – a boost of some 80 lb-ft over the old 6.1-liter mill. That torquey wave comes on at 2,900 rpm and Dodge claims that with the fitment of its Fuel Saver tech, allowing the engine to run on four cylinders when its not under load, fuel economy will improve, although Dodge isn't saying how much.

Chrysler's W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission backs up the HEMI, and you can select your own gears by either slapping the AutoStick or thumbing the steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.

All that adds up to an estimated top speed of 175 mph, a 0-60 mph time in the high fours and a quarter-mile run deep into the 12s.

In addition to the five-spoke, 20-inch forged aluminum and polished wheels, the SRT crew saw fit to equip the SRT8 with an adaptive damping suspension with Auto and Sport settings that process speed, steering angle, brake pressure, throttle application and lateral acceleration. Brakes are sized 14.2-inches up front and 13.8-inches in the rear, with a new front fascia, LED taillamps and four-inch dual exhausts rounding out the exterior mods. And naturally, the interior isn't left out in the cold, with a flat-bottom steering wheel, heavily bolstered seats and a 900-watt, 19-speaker audio system courtesy of Harmon Kardon.

We'll be on the floor tomorrow to snag live pics of all the SRT-fettled goodies, but in the meantime, peep the gallery below and get all the details in the press release after the jump.



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2012 Dodge Charger SRT8® Delivers Intelligent Performance And Power
  • Set to launch this calendar year, Dodge gives peek at its newest product from the Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team at the Chicago Auto Show
  • 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 engine offers an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque for power across a significantly wider rpm range
  • All-new adaptive valve exhaust system improves fuel efficiency
  • All-new paddle-shift technology allows spirited shifting on road and at the race track
  • Two-mode adaptive damping suspension allows for selectable suspension tuning and also automatically adapts to road and driver inputs for proper vehicle control

The new product onslaught continues for the Dodge brand with the announcement 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."

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.

"AWE-INSPIRING" POWERTRAIN
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. Specific horsepower, torque and fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to the vehicle introduction.

Building upon the standard Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode) found in the new 6.4 HEMI V-8, a new for 2012 adaptive 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, the Dodge Charger SRT8 features an adaptive damping suspension that uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs, such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration, to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions. Drivers also 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
World-class stopping power for 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 AND FUNCTIONAL EXTERIOR
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 fside-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.

RACE-INSPIRED AND FUNCTIONAL INTERIOR
Building upon the all-new design from 2011, the interior environment of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 combines more world-class accommodations with race-inspired technology and appointments.

An all-new, leather-wrapped, SRT-exclusive steering wheel features a unique rim section with a flattened bottom surface that showcases the SRT logo. The standard paddle shifters flank both sides of the new steering wheel behind the new contoured palm rests.

For the high-performance look, carbon-weave, fiber aluminum interior trim pieces are integrated into the new instrument panel and shifter bezel.

The front seats have unique, aggressive bolstering and perforated suede insert fabric to help "grip" the driver and passengers, keeping them in place during spirited driving. Heated and ventilated front seats are standard. Reactive headrests also are standard. The SRT logo is embroidered in the seat backs. Rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort.

Modified door trim panels feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match the seats.
New for 2012, the Dodge Charger SRT8 features a 900-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harmon Kardon. The intuitive user interface for the system is controlled through the state-of-the-art Uconnect® Touch on the largest standard touchscreen display (8.4-inch) in the segment. Benchmarked against the best E-segment sedans from Europe, Asia and North America, the easy-to-use system also features Uconnect Voice to deliver world-class functionality to keep all passengers easily connected, comfortable and secure.

Exclusive Performance Pages are new for 2012 and included within the touchscreen display. The instrument panel display can be customized to view driver preferences and expanded to include instant feedback on steering input measurements, horsepower, torque, expanded engine information, along with 0-60 mph time, 60-0 braking, g-forces and one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times. The color graphic Electronic Vehicle Information Center also includes the Performance Pages timers and added engine information.

SAFETY AND SECURITY
For everyday commuting, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 incorporates features like Keyless Enter-N-Go, adaptive-cruise control with Forward Collision Warning and Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection, to keep drivers and passengers secure.

Standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver's knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.

Standard three-mode electronic stability control with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features, offer improved overall vehicle handling and performance both on the road and the track.

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


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      • 3 Years Ago
      Just looked again, and from the side profile half way up the door to the front...All GTR.

      Good job copying what's already been done. Front does not match the rear. Back to the drawing board!!!
      • 3 Years Ago
      That thing looks mean... very nice! I think this might be my next car... especially if it comes with the 6-speed-DIY-cog-swapper. Now GM, where's that Holden you took away from us?
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is hideous IMO. The charger is a muscle car, this looks like a tuner car, a rice rocket. They got it all wrong in my eyes, yes it looks nice but it doesn't look like a muscle car at all.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm going to say I see a lot of EVO X and S13 240sx in the overall design, and i like it! Much better than the ones you see driving around right now. A 6MT would be nice though...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hello EVO,

      What are you doing trying to streeetrace Dodge? You are not Evo.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Funny so many car guys are clueless to figure anything out on their own.
      Your Chrysler, you have a limited number of 8spd transmissions that ZF can supply you with until your new plant starts producing them next year.
      Do you stick them in your 6.4 litre monster that from a performance side really doesn't need them. Or do you put them in your 3.6 litre car and improve your corperate CAFE numbers, give you car better MPG bragging rights, and give your base customer a better car?
      Boy thats a real tuff one to figure out now isn't it.
        • 3 Years Ago
        There's also the fact that there are several different variations of that transmission for different applications. Something tells me the one for the V6 and the regular V8 isn't the same one you'd use in this.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I got wood really...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Totally unexpected.

      IMPRESSIVE.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wonder if they'll have at least an option for a manual transmission. This is an enthusiast's car so why not give us that option---> and GM I hope you're listening. Don't pull that same crap you did with the G-8--only offering the manual on the GXP when it should've been on the GT.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't know what to say...words fail me. Yes, I see the mix of odd design elements bordering on the criminally insane. But I also see something nobody else in Detroit is willing to build: a large, potent, non-FWD sedan that does NOT look like a used bar of soap. Kudos for that to you Dodge, I hope you sell a bunch.

      But that said, where is your 21st century Omni GLHS? Current V8 horsepower wars notwithstanding, the obvious future of street performance is going to be in the Turbocharged Hot Hatch segment. Your Caliber thingy is essentially a non-player there, and baud help you, if a Fiat 500 is to be the future of Dodge's performance image...
      • 3 Years Ago
      Does anyone else see a ginormous EVO? Not that that's a bad thing...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Who cares it looks great!
        • 3 Years Ago
        ZMatt,

        You say a five-speed is "classic Detroit." Ironically, the EVO that everyone is comparing the new SRT-8 to? It's a five-speed as well, at least in GSR trim.
        • 3 Years Ago
        SRT = $H!T Ruined Trunks (And not car trunks...)
        • 3 Years Ago
        Like an r35, a older v8 vantage, and a catfish had a 3 way and this was the offspring.



        So ridiculous i would like if it didn't have faux fender brake vents in the door.
        • 3 Years Ago
        They totally ruined the front end with the blackout treatment. It doesn't work on the Evo, Gtr or Mazda 3.
        • 3 Years Ago
        In a few pics it even looks similar to a GTR.

        Not a ginormous GTR, because GTRs are ginormous to begin with :).
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah it looks pretty BA, and it's got power to boot too. I'm a little disappointed that it only has a 5 speed, which at this point is lame and classic detroit. Hopefully they will fix that not after too long.
        • 3 Years Ago
        AHHHH!!!! IT'S GONNA EAT MEEEE!!!!!
        • 3 Years Ago
        I can see the evo and I'd say it is a bad thing
        • 3 Years Ago
        It was screaming a hint of the Nissan GTR to me with that front end.
        • 3 Years Ago
        it really does just look like a bulgy evo...
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah, the grille & headlights!
      • 3 Years Ago
      EVO/GT-R

      Not bad.
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