Dodge has unveiled the 2012 Charger SRT-8 at the 2011 Chicago Auto show.
The latest offering from the Street and Racing Technology team comes equipped with the latest 6.4 litre Hemi V8 engine first seen in the 392 Challenger SRT-8, which means a power output of 465 hp and 465 lb ft of torque. The new engine comes with a new active exhaust valve, but aimed more at improving fuel economy.
What about acceleration times? Dodge is estimating a top speed of 175 mph, while 0-60mph is expected to be in the high 4 sec range, with the quarter mile being completed in the high 12s.
The five-speed automatic transmission from the previous SRT-8 is still being used, however paddle-shifters behind the steering wheel will be available. An adaptive damping suspension is now standard, with drivers being able to choose between “Auto” and “Sport” mode.
The steering is a fully hydraulic unit that features a heavy duty pump, and which SRT claims has been tuned to give a “more direct feel and on-center response.” The SRT-8 comes equipped with new five-spoke 20-inch polished aluminium wheels, while braking power comes from four-piston Brembo brake callipers and vented brake discs measuring 14.2 inches in front and 13.8 inches at the back.
With new LED “racetrack” tail lamps looking similar to those found on the 1969 and 1970 Charger, the SRT-8 also gets a new; front grille, front and rear fascias, and rear spoiler.
The interior is treated to a carbon weave and fibre aluminium look, while aggressively bolstered seats with suede inserts are expected to keep driver and passenger in place. Other goodies include a 19-speaker 900-watt stereo from Harmon Kardon, and a touchscreen navigation system which can show acceleration times, braking times, as well as the amount of g-force being generated.
The Charger is being built in Ontario-Canada, and is expected to be in showrooms by the fall.