As expected, Chrysler revealed today at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show the all-new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. As you can see from the photos the car looks quite impressive, but what is more impressive is the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine that delivers 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque, including an estimated additional 80 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900 rpm.
Moreover, the new engine features the Fuel Saver technology (four-cylinder mode), which means it has an active valve exhaust system that allows it to use all eight cylinders when the power is needed. The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 also marks the introduction of the standard paddle-shift technology which joins the standard AutoStick on the floor shifter.
Both are mated to the W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission. Furthermore, the 2012 Charger SRT8 comes with an adaptive damping suspension featuring “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics. The car comes with a new set of split five-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels wrapped in high-performance tires.
The new four-piston braking system is delivered by Brembo, and features vented/slotted rotors measuring 14.2 inches up front and 13.8 inches in the rear. Regarding the design, the new 2012 Charger SRT8 features a brand new front grille, grille surround and Dodge crosshair with high-gloss black finishes and SRT badge.
The rear of the car comes with new signature “racetrack” taillamp design with 164 illuminating LEDs, completed by the new 4-inch round dual exhaust tips and an SRT8 decklid badge. Inside, we find a new SRT-exclusive steering wheel wrapped in leather featuring a flattened bottom surface showcasing the SRT logo, new paddle shifters, fiber aluminum interior trim pieces.
Furthermore, the front seats have unique, aggressive bolstering and perforated suede insert fabric and SRT logo is embroidered in the seat backs. What is more interesting is that the rear seats also are heated for passenger comfort. Also new for 2012 is the 900-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harmon Kardon controlled via the Uconnect Touch on the largest standard touchscreen display (8.4-inch) in the segment.
Exclusive Performance Pages are new for 2012 for the touchscreen display and deliver information regarding 0-60 mph time, 60-0 braking, g-forces and one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times. Moreover, 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.