2012 Charger SRT8 – Stronger, Faster, Smarter

 
Today at the Chicago Auto Show, Dodge will reveal the new 2012 Charger SRT8 to a crowd of automotive journalists from around the globe.
 
Hot on heels of the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392, the rubber on the pavement has hardly had a chance to cool with today’s announcement of the 2012 Charger SRT8. This further reinforces the Dodge name as a performance brand.

 
So with that being said, let’s get into the juicy details of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Under the hood is the new 6.4-liter HEMI® V-8 with an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb.-ft. of torque (the SRT gear heads aren’t quite done tweaking). What makes this even better is the standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) on the 6.4-liter HEMI that will improve fuel efficiency over the previous model. Other internal goodies include a high-lift camshaft and active intake manifold that will provide increased low-end torque along with more top-end power. Our SRT engineers are able to achieve this by altering the runner length inside the manifold based on engine speed.
 
For the first time in any Chrysler Group LLC SRT product, standard paddle shift technology joins the standard AutoStick on the floor shifter on the 2012 Charger SRT8. Both will be mated to the proven W5A580 five-speed automatic transmission and both shifting techniques will allow the driver to have some fun going through the gearbox but the performance calibrated transmission controller will help keep you out of the red line.
 
The new Charger SRT8 also received a makeover in the ride and handling department. An adaptive damping suspension takes driver inputs and will automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions. For those of you looking to shrink time and distance, a “Sport” setting is available while the “Auto” setting may be appropriate for those morning commutes.
 
From a styling standpoint, the Charger SRT8 will stand out among its cousins. With its aggressive front and rear fascias, a new rear spoiler and a sculptured hood complete with 6.4L HEMI badges, the folks in the lane next to you will quickly know what you’re all about.
 
The interior also gets massaged as a new leather-wrapped SRT exclusive steering wheel and carbon-weave, fiber aluminum trim pieces. The front seats will have an aggressive bolstering to help keep you in place when you take your ride to an SRT Track Experience. Speaking of performance driving, the new instrument panel display can be customized to include instant driver feedback such as 0-60 mph and quarter-mile times along with g-forces and much more with the exclusive performance section.
 
Look for the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 to arrive in your dealer showrooms later this year.
 



  • SUBLIME

    A little too much black in the center. I think I would continue painting the center section the body color. Ground effects and wheels are good but the big black hole in the front is just too much. Just my opinion. If you like Mitzoobeechees then you will like this one.

  • moparman

    Sorry, the hood and the nose just aren’t doing it for me. I don’t like the truck front end as it is, but the SRT version looks worse, in my opinion, than the R/T models. I mean, it at least hides the cross hair thingy, but it looks like a big gaping hole in the front of the car, and not in a good way.

    Those wheels and tires remind me of the old steam engine tractors that had solid steel wheels with a thin rubber sleeve “tire” around the outside of them.

    The color is nice. I know a lot of people are still asking for a manual tranny in this car, any word on that being an option any time soon?

    I have a feeling the new ad campain is gonna tout the “muscle-car-edness” and “retro-edness” of this car. Might be nice to give it a stick shift first. Just a thought.

  • 440

    @sublime,just buy a black one…

    @moparman,I actually love the front of the Charger,heck I own 2 Dodge Ram’s so I love the fronts on Dodge’s…

  • Randy

    I’m with SUBLIME leave the grill alone and paint the bumper and ground effects the same…

  • MrDolomite

    Looks good, still a Dodge Charger, but with SRT styling differences.

    #fail on the black bumper/fascia between the upper and lower grille. This isn’t an Audi, it’s a Dodge.

    And even with that, still not feeling the new crosshair. Still waiting to see a body-color matched option.

  • Stig

    I think the styling looks great. My biggest complaint is WHY IN THE HECK wouldn’t you put the 6-Speed manual in this SRT version?!

  • daytonakid

    agreed
    the black out centre bumper has got to go!
    need the 6 speed tremec option!
    love the power buldge hood
    maybe add the bunblebee tail stripe?

  • coolmancool

    I have resisted commented for over a year, but you have gone much too far with this one. If the Dodge designers cannot see that the oversized black grille in the front of the car is butt ugly then Ralphy baby needs to fire all of them. The gaping hole looks like the bumper fell off or something. At least in the Audi the grille comes all the way down. It is not separated by a piece of the bumper fascia painted black. Come on guys, this is UGLY. Can you not see that? The car looks unfinished in the front or that some hillbillies took off the grille because they ran into a still drinking moonshine. Please change this front end. It is embarassing!

  • coolmancool

    Excuse my misspelling on the last comment, “I have resisted commenting for over a year.” RLD, I am a die hard mopar fan like most of the people on this blog, but really, the painted black section of the bumper looks like an afterthought. Make a full piece grille and this would look good. You can do it? I know you can.

  • David Kain

    Extremely Butt Ugly! Looks like a Mitsubishi front end.. Without painting the front end I don’t think you will see many of these on the road. It looks like a Big fish with it’s mouth open LOL Hey Chrysler I have a idea, why not have some of us Mopar guys ( who have been Chrysler fans for 35 PLUS years) , give you feedback on what your considering. I can honestly say it is becoming hard to stay a Mopar fan with something like this produced, and don’t get me started on the crappy color choices on the 2011 Challenger.. Geeez

  • RTsteve

    Dodge have you lost your mind? Only a blind man would buy this car with the missing front end. And a blind man shouldn’t be driving a car that can go this fast. This car is going to be a rare car, not in a hemicuda sense but in an AMC Pacer kinda sense if you know what I mean. This will just help the sales of the R/T version. Ditto on the Challenger colors. Nothing but boring is available. Even the new green with envy is like a toned down metallic green that they offer for the camaro. I guess I will hang on to my car for another year.

  • HEMIhead

    It’s the 2011 DODGE CHARGER SRT8 EVO!
    Still must have that Mitsu partnership. Yikes!

  • NeonNites

    HIDEOUS! It looks like a big bass fish with its mouth open. No, I’m wrong, the fish looks better. Just leave the bumper painted body color, why screw it up with that black middle part. Heck, just attach another grill flipped upside down to the original grill and then you don’t have to make another part. That smooth black bumper strip does not look right. It needs the same honey comb effect as the rest of the grill. Looks like you ran out of time and money for this project.

  • Raymond

    Personally, I love it! This is honestly the best “new” design i’ve seen from Dodge in a long time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Challenger, but the design isn’t new to me. If Dodge offers the 6-speed manual and a spoiler delete option, i’ll be taking one of these in black.

  • daytonakid

    so why cant we see pix of the new interior
    instead you post a pic of the new Durango interior??!!

  • http://www.westcoastchallengers.com West Coast Challengers

    I guess I am in the minority here, but I like it. Many people have cut the crosshair out to create this look. Very aggressive looking IMHO. Love the wheels and all of the new features. I think this car is a winner.

  • PlumKrz70

    Wow…. that blacked out front end is hideous! Leave the grill and bumper like the R/T and just add the SRT badge. What focus group approved that look?

    What happened to the Mopar pieces on the SEMA Charger? I thought we would see them on the SRT (door scoops and ground effects).

  • Steve Smits

    Love the looks of this car…

  • nspctrguy

    Sorry mother Penastar, but this one looks like an Audi A8. and i dont do German cars….the 2011 looks great however.

  • Dave Daniels

    The car looks great except for the grille. You need to remove the bumper section in the middle and make a full length grille. You cannot just paint part of the bumper black and say it is the grille. Even Audi has their chrome rings in the middle to break it up a bit. I would just keep the bumber painted body color and use a black insert that is honey combed like the rest of the grille. Make it where you can unfasten it without any holes so people can take it off if they don’t like the look. Then everyone will buy it.

  • moparnut

    I’m kinda diggin the looks, the front end will grow on me. All n all I think its a winner!

  • Curtis

    Its better than I expected. I like it.

  • PokerMunkee

    Hot. I love it.

  • HEMIhead

    Seen a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV pass me by today, and the center section bumper is the same way as this SRT Charger, painted black. I guess it must be some kind of a new trend?
    First thing came to mind was the SRT Charger.

  • SUBLIME

    Like HEMIhead said, I thought Dodge/Chrysler had severed ties with Mitsubishi. The SRT8 is a bad copy of their vehicles and why would you want to copy the worst of the Japanese automakers. Toyota, Honda, and Nissan outsell them and Mitsu’s quality stinks. There is enough difference between the SRT and the R/T that you can still leave the bumper painted body color. The people who say it looks good either work for Dodge or have no taste, that is for sure. Don’t let them fool you, they have to save face for screwing up so badly with the big ugly fish mouth look. You would definately have to put on a front license plate to break up that big huge black hole. I know Captain Kirk and Jean Luc Picard would stear clear of that thing. Beam me up Scotty before the big black hole sucks me into the universe of butt ugly designed vehicles. The car looks great except for the grille. Fix the grille.

  • SUBLIME

    By the way, you know which grille Dodge likes. Look at the Chargers racing in NASCAR, they all have an R/T grille not a SRT grille. They tried to be neutral by just using the two red diagnol stripes where the R/T emblem goes, but you know which grille they prefer. Hopefully, the black that covers the SRT bumper in the middle is tape that you can peel off. Who knows.

  • HEMIhead

    Ya, not trying to be negative here, I’d take the new 2011 Charger over any sedan out there today. Way more car. But, when I first saw the pictures of the new 2011 Charger, I thought the front was a pretty close resemblance to the Mistu Lancer, only on a bigger scale. Then, when I saw the SRT Charger with that center section black, I was like “Whoa!” What is going on here? It looked like another Mistu cue? Anybody else seeing this? Did Chrysler hire some former Mitsu designers? Are there any left from the Chrysler/Mitsu joint venture (Diamond Star Motors)?
    I understand Daimler also bought Mitsu at the time they were merged with Chrysler, maybe a link there?

  • Doozle

    First the positive, Dodge is releasing a SRT8 Charger, now that’s a cause for celebration.

    Now for the negative. The blackened front end is just too “Audi” like for me. If I were buying that car, I’d tell the selling dealership to paint the red in the appropriate places on the grill just like the R/T. Then again I could just order a R/T and save myself some money and get it the way I want from the get go.

    PS- You guys have got to rein in your option packages on these cars (Chargers & Challengers). As of now they really are way too confusing & time consuming for even the most ardent automotive enthusiast!

  • peteMT

    Excellent all around except for the front bumper area painted black below the grille.

    Make that optional.

    I still want a manual transmission. I’ll go drive one, but it might mean I buy a Challenger to get a stick.

    I assume the 8 speed auto is coming this fall too?

  • Dal

    I like the looks of the new charger RT but the big ugly black nose on the SRT version ruined the looks of the car and that was the one I was waiting on for the 392. Come on Dodge please do something with that ugly nose. I also would like you to offer a standard in the RT and SRT cars. I dont see a problem since you are using the same engine and drive train that is in tne challenger.

  • moparnut

    T I really think they should some how incorperate the challenger nose on the charger, this along with the chargers new hood would put this car over the top! And solve the big grille problem, wich yes is getting worse not better.

  • SUBLIME

    moparnut, you are correct in that the big nose thing is getting old and bigger by the day. Pinocchio, no more like a pug nose? Go back to the old Charger grille and no one will complain that it is a four door. What is wrong with reintroducing hidden headlights. Electric motors are a lot cheaper now.

  • Johnny

    In my opinion the new grille on the Chargers are ugly.Why would you put a Dodge Ram grille on a car? the black hole on the SRT-8 makes it look even worse.I’m sure Chrysler/Dodge will continue to fail because they’re not listening to the consumers and continue to make crappy cars.Why are they even producing cars with 5 speed transmissions? most if not all of their competition have 6 speed transmissions or better STANDARD on all of their vehicles.Ford and GM are killing Dodge right now.This is coming from a long time Mopar fan.The 465 HP is great but that’s about it.

  • NeonNites

    Johnny, you are so right. The new chargers still look fat and ugly and the ram grille is bullsh#t, especially the big “black hole.” If you look at this website, all that they do is have old chargers on the Photo Feed. They show how smooth and gracefully all the flowing lines are on the old chargers (68-70) and then the designers now come up with this big boxy overweight pile. Even the bends in the hood and door do not look sleek compared to the ’68-70. The taillights on the old chargers were set in and had touches of chrome and other nice flowing lines. Come on, anybody can see how much better they looked back then. Now the car looks like a big plastic toy model. Yeah itz better than most of the junk on the market but letz try and strive for better so you beat the competition. C’mon, letz strive to do better. This crap is getting old. Mopar purists want some real stuff on the market so they can be proud again. You are getting better, but we all know you can do a lot better. The 470 hp 392 HEMI is OK but Camaro is coming out with a 550 hp SS. What are you going to do then?

  • Jorge

    To be honest, i really don’t like the front part of the Charger. At first glance, the Charger looked like the new Evo’s. And as for the rear, looks like the back of a Challenger. I am a big fan of Dodge and all of its models, but it seems as though they are running out of ideas. Horsepower, Dodge sure does come thru with that, but looks on the new Charger, not a big fan

  • Styx

    well let me first say i am buying one in black so i don’t care about the grill… second why the hell not put a 6spd manual in this? EVERY SPORT/MUSCLE car has a manual option…

  • Robert Greene

    They don’t focus on the manual option because the car has that auto stick thing sort of like other cars have tap shift where as though the car can be driven in automatic or manual.Manual transmissions are a thing of the past and outdated technology I guess.As far as you buying a new Charger I don’t like the grill but that car looks great or most aggressive in black in my opinion so good luck on your purchase.I’ve been a fan of Dodge Mopars for years but I’m about to buy a black Chevy Camaro SS because the Challenger RT is overpriced to me.I might as well buy the faster car for the same amount of money.

  • SUBLIME

    Hey guys, look at this link where the new SRT8 Charger has part of the grille painted.  It looks bad ass.  They say it is a mule and may change, however, they had it painted correctly in the first place instead of painting the whole grille black like an open fish mouth.  Dodge, can you make this an option where we can have the car painted this way instead of the big black gaping hole? http://drivesrt.com/dodge-charger-srt8-freed-from-the-auto-show-floor-just-for-todd.html

  • NeonNites

    SUBLIME,  yes this SRT8 Charger looks so much better with the bumper painted body color vs. the big black Audi Mitsubitchi grille. In addition, painting the outside edges of the grille sections looks great as well.  Hopefully, Dodge will see how much better this looks.  http://drivesrt.com/dodge-charger-srt8-freed-from-the-auto-show-floor-just-for-todd.html

  • Russ

    All that black is too much. Paint the bumper to match the body, this car has enough 3D style to look BAD ASS without the big black hole.

  • Doozle

    Lose the large black grill, it looks like a Shark (Jaws) is opening up its mouth to say “AH”. At the very least it looks like an Audi rip off. Tell the style guys back at the skunk works dept. that they can do better then this. Other then that its a great looking car. Will Redline Red paint be available any time in the foreseeable future if not, you might want to find a different supplier for that as well.
    Good Luck!
    Doozle.