Official 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

Dodge has announced the Dodge Charger SRT8 today at the Chicago Auto Show. The all American muscle car will return for the 2012 model year and will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada. The sports car will be in dealer showrooms later this year.

Under the hood you will find the new 6.4 liter HEMI V8 delivering more horsepower and torque than the 6.1 liter HEMI V8 it replaces. Estimated power ratings for the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 are 465 horsepower and 569Nm of torque. Specific horsepower and torque numbers will be announced closer to the vehicle introduction. The standard paddle-shift technology joins the standard AutoStick on the floor shifter. Both are mated to the W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission.

New for 2012, the Dodge Charger SRT8 features an adaptive damping suspension and split five-spoke 20 inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with black painted pockets. Braking power is delivered by four-piston Brembo calipers and vented/slotted rotors measuring 14.2 inches up front and 13.8 inches in the rear.

Exclusive new front and rear fascias, along with a new rear spoiler, distinguish the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. 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 four inch round dual exhaust tips and an SRT8 decklid badge to boldly show the Street and Racing Technology DNA. Side-sill cladding is painted to match the body color.

On the inside, you will get sport seats with perforated suede inserts, a flat-bottom steering wheel, faux carbon fiber trim and aluminum accents. Additionally, the car is equipped with heated/ventilated front seats, a 900-watt Harmon Kardon audio system and Uconnect Touch with an 8.4 inch display.


  1. The styling is questionable, but its definitely a step in the right direction for Dodge. The real test will be performance numbers, otherwise its going to be an over-priced bluff.

  2. The Americans don’t really care about downsizing and CO2-Emissions, do they…
    They replace the older 6.1l-V8 by a even bigger 6.4lV8..

  3. Personally I like its looks, at least better than years before, looks more “special” than your average sedan, like you say, its a matter now of how the numbers stack up. If Dodge did their homework they know they gotta step it up in the handling department to be competitive.

  4. @Alex: actually this is a common mistake when looking at American V6s and V8s of today. Some of them are bigger, but most are considerably more fuel efficient. Dodge/Chrysler released a study about a year ago that showed reductions in CO2 and Fuel consumption on all their 6s and 8s.

    I will say this: None of us seem worried about what the carbon footprints of our foreign performance cars, now do we? We don’t even care what foreign sedans and wagons are doing.

    Its one thing to not like American product because of quality or performance, its another thing to hold it to completely different standards in attempt to make it lose no matter which way it goes.

    Lastly, the idea of an “American driver” is really ridiculous. If you don’t like Americans, it would easier to say that, than to assume this car is representative of what “Americans” think of the environment or fuel consumption. Or perhaps you could say “American car manufacturers”????

  5. I think Dodge is more prepared for 2012 with the new Charger SRT8 since on the initial introduction itself of its predecessors the car was coned with poor economic performance. The available in All Wheel Drive car has more options than its predecessors and has good handling.


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