Dodge has presented the latest gem from the Department of SRT (Street and Racing Technology) just before the opening of the Chicago Auto Show, and this is the new Dodge Charger SRT8.
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.
For the first time in an SRT model of Chrysler Group LLC we HAVE Paddle Shifttechnology, in combination with standard automatic transmission. The engine is paired with proven W5A580 5-speed automatic transmission. Acceleration to 100 km/h takes 5 seconds and top speed is 282 km/h.
SRT8 has new, split five-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with black painted pockets. Braking is provided by Brembo brakes. The Charger SRT8's Ready Alert Braking system provides for situations in which the driver may have to use the emergency brake and automatically includes the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.
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.
Inside the new Dodge Charger SRT8 is a new design that was introduced with the redesigned Dodge Charger for 2011.
An all-new, leather-wrapped, SRT-exclusive steering wheel carries the SRT logo. The standard paddle shifters flank both sides of the new steering wheel behind the new contoured palm rests.
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.
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.
New Dodge Charger SRT8 will be built at Brampton Assembly company in the Canadian city of Brampton, Ontario, and it goes on sale at the end of 2011.