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Posted 09 February 2011 - 01:52 AM

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8® Delivers Intelligent Performance And Power

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  • 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

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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

ABOUT DODGE
Dodge is a full line of cars, crossovers, minivans and SUVs that are agile, daring, sensible and inventive. The brand is on a tear for the 2011 model year, redefining itself with six all-new or significantly redesigned new vehicles, introducing new lifestyle packages designed to better meet the needs of its customers, launching catchy new ads that have started conversations with owners and potential owners, actively participating in new events and sponsorships and developing relationships with its long-loyal enthusiast base, as well as reaching out to customers who want cars that leave them wanting more.

For the 2011 model year, the Dodge brand is filling dealer showrooms with a vast array of new and updated products. The Dodge product line includes the all-new Dodge Durango and Dodge Charger, significantly revamped Grand Caravan, Journey, Avenger and Challenger, and the Dodge Caliber and Dodge Nitro.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:28 AM

I'm not sure... the grille looks like an Audi wannabe and it just seems too long in general. Probably an optical illusion but either way I'm not feelin' it. Rather have a G8 GXP.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:49 AM

Beauty ful, even with the Lancer Evo maw. The wing I could do without, but whoa, that motor... love.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 04:57 AM

Not a bad car; more interesting visually than the outgoing, thanks to the side scoop and the faster roofline. SRT-8 actually looks quite interesting with the new grill (took me a couple looks to figure out exactly what was going on with the crossbar). All-in-all, I'd say it's a pretty solid entry.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 07:02 AM

Love it except for the wing.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:42 AM

pretty bad ass.. 'cept the wing.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:49 AM

Love it except for the wing.

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Posted 09 February 2011 - 10:24 AM

Love it...

Who needs a Capricadore?
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 02:18 PM

I think I like the fascia from the SEMA concept in your sig better. I see they used the same wheel design though.

I like it overall. It looks very angry, but I do wish the fascia didn't ape the Evo. I maintain the standard car doesn't, but this does a bit.

Glad to see the SRT return.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 03:05 PM

Nice Mitsubishi beak. Throw some eyebrow headlights on the thing and sell it in the Mits dealers too! Very Evoesque beak.

Very glad Dodge is still building beasts like this.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 05:59 PM

Evil car!
Estimated 0-60 mph: High 4-second range
Estimated ¼ mile: High 12-second range
:drool: :drool: :drool:

But that front....its like the design department really wanted to go crazy (ala Super8)..and then they changed their mind....
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:01 PM

Looks much better in the gray photos on Autoblog.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:18 PM

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I'm digging that meaty flat-bottom steering wheel! Challenger SRT8 needs ones.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:26 PM

LOT better integrated that the mitsu- which has strong 'body kit' undertones.
Keeping the homogenization of modern design in mind, I don't buy the idea that it's a 'mitsu nose' at all.

Charger has some... interesting proportions; I really need to see on in person to judge it overall.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:55 PM

Couldn't find a very good picture, but I can't help but think of our '95 Olds LSS beater when I look at the interior:

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Obviously the Charger's looks much more modern and it does look pretty nice, the design just really reminds me of a modernized version of the Olds.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 08:58 PM

Its a wraparound dash, if anything its more reminiscent of say, the Aurora, or Saabs. All that is is a long hood that covers 2/3 of the dash.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:25 PM

Its a wraparound dash, if anything its more reminiscent of say, the Aurora, or Saabs. All that is is a long hood that covers 2/3 of the dash.


You don't think the Charger has a bit of a "hood" as well? It is not as circular, but it still looks somewhat similar. Considering the cars are 17 MYs apart I thought it was interesting that there is some similarity in design language between the two.
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Posted 09 February 2011 - 09:46 PM

It's interesting, but its not new for them. Dodge has been using that long hood theme for a while, so its not surprising. Last gen Charger had it prior to the MCE, my Intrepid does, etc.
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Posted 13 February 2011 - 07:15 PM

It's a little late for Halloween, Charger. Cool GT-R costume, though.
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