2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Click image to enlarge
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
Chicago, Illinois – The Dodge Charger SRT8 will return for the 2012 model year, the company has announced at the Chicago Auto Show. The model will be built at Chrysler’s facility in Brampton, Ontario.
“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 of Dodge Brand. “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 powerband across the rpm range, along with intelligent performance attributes and safety and creature comforts for customers who are passionate about performance driving.”
The Charger SRT8 uses a new 6.4-litre Hemi V8 that delivers an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque, more than the 6.1-litre Hemi V8 it replaces but with improved fuel economy. Building on the standard fuel saver technology used in the new engine, a new-for-2012 active valve exhaust system allows the technology to engage over a wider rpm range, delivering improved fuel efficiency or the use of all eight cylinders when power is needed.
For the first time in any SRT product, standard steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters will be used in addition to the standard AutoStick floor shifter.