It appears that Dodge is preparing some changes for the 2011 model year Challenger and according to the latest reports these will include an electric power steering system, a rumored floor pan, new door handles similar to those on the Charger, a wagon-style Dodge Magnum switch to pop the trunk open as well as the new Dodge logo (Ram emblem will be removed on the new model).
What is more interesting is that the 6.4 SRT8 Challenger will receive a wrap-around front spoiler incorporating the black flap at the front edge described by our sources as having an Abe Lincoln beard and side burns.
Also, the aluminum manifold will be replaced by a plastic one on the 6.4. The bad news is that the SRT8 will keep the traditional hydraulic steering pump although other Challengers will receive electric steering.
Inside we will see major upgrades such as moving to Garmin navigation, new safety features and A/V options. Sources confirmed the fact that the dashboard will be dramatically upgraded and the materials used will be improved.
Under the hood we will see big improvements: the power delivered by the engines is expected to rise in the upcoming Pentastar V6 engines, generating around 290 hp.
The new bigger 6.4 liter SRT8 will have cylinder deactivation, helping real world gas mileage and the big surprise is that it will deliver an impressive 480 hp. Chrysler is also considering a new eight-speed ZF automatic transmission.
The race-inspired interior of the new 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 features a new, leather wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel with a distinct satin chrome rim section and a flattened bottom surface with the SRT logo. The sides of the new contoured palm rests serve as home for the paddle shift controls of the optional automatic transmission. Controls for audio system and the Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) are located on the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel.
Meanwhile, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 is blessed with a trapezoidal instrument panel featuring a four-bomb gauge cluster with chromed accent rings and distinct SRT graphics. The gauge cluster serves as home for the SRT-exclusive EVIC with performance pages. EVIC delivers certain info like trip information or multimedia information (from the Media Center radio). EVIC also provides instant feedback on 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times as well as G-forces.
As standard, the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is fitted with power lumbar-equipped front seats, with driver's seat featuring seatback tilt with memory as well as an easy-to-reach release handle. The front-passenger seat features tilt and slide with memory.
For the 2012 model year, the interior of the Challenger SRT8 could be availed with a number of color combos such as Radar Red/Dark Slate Gray.