We have to hand it to Dodge for injecting an extra dose of octane-induced excitement into otherwise staid segments. Take the Charger, for example, that manages to give the full-size family sedan a muscle-car attitude. The new Dart promises to apply a similar formula to a smaller class, but while Dodge was busy lifting the veil on that Focus-sized sedan, Mopar was showcasing the modified Charger you see here.

The Charger Redline is actually made up of three kits: Stage One packs a full aero kit and 20-inch wheels; Stage Two gets a cat-back exhaust, suspension brace across the engine bay and upgraded brake linings; and Stage Three, which unfortunately isn't street legal, brings a 590-horsepower 426 Hemi V8 crate engine that's both lighter and a lot more powerful than stock.

The visual result certainly turns some heads, but whether those heads will like what they see once they've turned is a matter of taste. Check out our shots from the show floor and see for yourself – just watch your head on the demonstration-purpose jacked-up hood.
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Mopar® Introduces Dodge Charger Redline Infused With New High Output 426 HEMI® Aluminum Crate Engine and More Aggressive Style

• New 2012 Dodge Charger Redline features three available Mopar® stage kits for factory-tuned performance
• Stage One features aerodynamic exterior components and interior accents
• Stage Two features bolt-on performance parts for improved power, handling and braking
• Stage Three features new high-output version of the powerful aluminum-block Gen III 426 HEMI® V-8 crate engine, delivers 590 horsepower
• Dodge Charger Redline will debut at 2012 North American International Auto Show

Auburn Hills, Mich. , Jan 2, 2012 - Delivering performance and an even more aggressive look, the 2012 Dodge Charger Redline is a 426 HEMI®-powered showcase of new Mopar® performance kits that will arrive later this year. The Dodge Charger Redline vehicle with all three Mopar performance stage kits will debut at the 2012 North American International Auto Show.

"Since the 1960s, the Mopar Brand has built a long history of adding power and performance to the Dodge Charger – and with the Redline, we Moparized the new Charger with modern-day performance and style while giving a nod to our storied past," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO of Mopar, Chrysler Group LLC's service, parts and customer-care brand. "With three kits, Mopar offers a tailored choice for every customer."

Stage I: Aerodynamic Carbon Fiber Exterior Components and Interior Accents

Based on the 2012 Dodge Charger R/T model, Mopar's list of Stage I modifications includes a full-width Mopar carbon fiber chin spoiler to give the Charger Redline a more aggressive appearance. Matching the Redline Tri-coat paint, the two-piece grille features a body-color painted-grille surround with black signature "crosshair" insert. Large 20 x 8-inch Mopar Black Envy Wheels feature a Pitch Black-painted wheel face with polished accents. Mopar carbon fiber door scoops highlight Dodge Charger Redline's signature body-side scallops and include heritage "R/T" badging to pay homage to the historic 1970 Charger model. A three-piece Mopar carbon fiber rear spoiler adds additional down force and provides an even more dynamic look. Emphasizing Dodge Charger Redline's fastback silhouette is Mopar's vinyl roof graphic in matte black.

The Dodge Charger Redline's cockpit design features premium materials and is further enhanced with a Mopar aluminum shift bezel and aluminum instrument panel bezel with Redline perimeter accent. For a more enthusiast-desired look, Mopar pedal covers are made from stainless steel and feature a rubberized pattern for improved traction.

Stage II: Mopar Bolt-on Performance Parts Deliver Improved Power, Handling and Braking

Designed and tested straight from the factory, the Dodge Charger Redline features Mopar's Stage II performance kit to enhance its already world-class power, handling and braking.

Allowing the Dodge Charger Redline's legendary HEMI® V-8 engine to perform at its optimal level, Mopar's cat-back performance exhaust system delivers an increase in horsepower and a menacing "throaty" sound. Under the hood, a front-tower cross-brace and front tower brace caps provide increased structural stability for improved handling dynamics. For ultimate braking capabilty, high-performance Mopar brake linings are track tested and deliver fade-resistance during hard braking use.

Stage III: Mopar's Gen III High Output 426 HEMI V-8 engine, with 590 Horsepower on Tap

Delivering 220 more horsepower than the 2012 Dodge Charger R/T, the Charger Redline features the new high-output version of the powerful and lightweight Gen III 426 HEMI V-8 crate engine (for race/off-road use only).

With its legendary 426 cubic-inch "Elephant Motor," the Dodge Charger Redline delivers 590 horsepower via a lightweight aluminum V-8 engine block that shaves more than 100 lbs. from the traditional cast-iron crate version. The new Gen III High Output 426 HEMI engine is professionally built and includes a stout, balanced lower reciprocating assembly that features a forged-steel crankshaft with six-bolt mains at 2, 3 and 4, and cross-bolted 4-bolt mains at 1 and 5. H-beam style rods are made from forged steel and coupled to forged 11:1 compression ratio aluminum pistons. Included is a revised windage tray to provide excellent oil dispersion and prevents oil aeration by the crankshaft.

The Gen III High Output 426 HEMI engine's valvetrain starts with a more aggressive roller camshaft with .639 intake and .628 exhaust lift and cylinder heads that feature the latest designs for exceptional flow characteristics. To help stabilize the valvetrain at high engine rpm, tie bars are available.

Mopar cast-aluminum valve covers and billet fuel rails are also included in the Dodge Charger Redline's Stage III performance kit.

Mopar-First Features

Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:

• Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with consumers
• Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format
• Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
• Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with a new interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
• 2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car
• Camper trailers: first to introduce off-road camper trailers
• WiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network


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      Matt
      • 2 Years Ago
      So they say the 426 Hemi isn't street legal, huh? Kind of like the stage kits for the SRT4s, huh? *wink wink nudge nudge*
      guyverfanboy
      • 2 Years Ago
      It's a damn shame that 426 HEMI V8 590HP engine isn't street legal!
      Prince David
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey that's cool I like it.
      lostboyz
      • 2 Years Ago
      That intake manifold, damn.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @lostboyz
        It should have been replaced with a super charger.
      Jason Alan Sipes
      • 2 Years Ago
      Gives a whole new meaning to front spoiler.
      zanarditypes
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they already have an aluminum block within the company, and it saves 100lbs, and it can handle 590hp, why don't all the standard engines use it? How much could it really add to the cost of a Challenger or Charger to use the aluminum block instead of the cast iron?
      Dwight Bynum Jr.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Kinda nitpicking, but from a presentation / integration standpoint, I think carbon fiber tubes to prop the hood up would've looked better. :)
      • 2 Years Ago
      [blocked]
      Rob Ascough
      • 2 Years Ago
      Side vents have got to go. Enough is enough. Is anyone expected to believe that vents IN THE MIDDLE OF THE FRONT DOOR are at all functional? They look childish.
        dts187
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Rob Ascough
        Couldn't agree more. It looks like Mopar ordered some crap accessories off eBay and stuck them on with 3M tape.
      Randy
      • 2 Years Ago
      As an 06 Charger owner, I'm still insulted that they removed the rear hips from the Charger. It MAKES the freakin car. I cannot and will not ever love this design. I don't like the rear lights much either because they will fade in a few years with UV rays if not maintained but if they added the rear hips back and lost that ungodly side profile nightmare I could love this. OMG it kills me! This styling to me is the demise of the Charger's awesomeness! You can put a big motor in anything and make it statistically cool, but unless this is just way to mainstream looking! Stupid looking actually. It's like someone taking a Crown Vic and trying to make it look bad-arse. It just doesn't work. And I'm not knocking the Crown Vic or the older Charger. This is just how I see it.
        BigIke
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Randy
        it still has the hips, they are smaller, but now it has the 68-70 sides and rear. I wish my maggie would catch fire so i could pull the trigger on a srt8 charger. Thats what would have to happen for us to get rid of ole faithful.
      Bennett Cowper
      • 2 Years Ago
      the main change should be 426 hemi and make a 2 door charger. remember like back in the day.
        Rob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bennett Cowper
        That's why the have the Challenger.
        gtv4rudy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Bennett Cowper
        ... Why go backwards? Look down the road for future sakes instead of the past. Detroit has to start (and have started) building lightweight, compact cars with smaller and powerful, fuel efficient engines because cheap gas isn't going to last forever.
      AMG THIS
      • 2 Years Ago
      I Can't even fathom how much better that car would sell without that huge snout. Hopefully it will be getting re-freshed soon and will end up with a much smaller, even dart sized cross hair grille. The car is awesome, but that front end just doesnt gel with the rest of the design IMO.
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