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470-Horsepower HEMI Engine
Under the hood, the new 6.4-liter
HEMI V-8 delivers 45 more horsepower and 50 more lb-ft of torque than the
6.1-liter HEMI V-8 it replaces - up 11 percent to 470 horsepower (351 kW) and up
12 percent to 470 lb-ft (637 Nm) of torque.
Even with the elevated power
numbers, an estimated 25-percent fuel economy increase on the highway is
achieved by use of a new-for-2012 active valve exhaust system that allows the
standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) to engage over a wider rpm
range for improved efficiency or the use of all eight cylinders when the extra
power is needed. The new active valve exhaust system also allows for
straight-through mid and rear mufflers for a throaty exhaust note under engine
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 features an active intake manifold and
high-lift camshaft with cam phasing to provide maximum low-end torque, including
an additional 80 lb-ft of torque at 2,900 rpm for strong standing starts while
optimizing high-end power.
The proven five-speed automatic transmission
features new, standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters that join the
center console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on
both the road and the race track. Both methods give the driver the ability to
manually select specific gears on the transmission.
In "Drive," the
transmission controller will automatically shift the vehicle. The aggressiveness
of the shifting is defined by the mode chosen - either "Normal" or "Sport."
Fully adaptive electronic control of all shifting makes the powertrain more
responsive while minimizing harshness.
In "Manual," the shift method is
defined by the driver choosing to use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The
"Sport" mode adds a hold function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the
driver full control of the shifting schedule.
Ride, Handling and
A standard adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system is new
for 2012 and tuned specifically for the Dodge Charger SRT8. The ADS system uses
a wide range of on-road and driver inputs, such as vehicle speed, steering
angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration,
to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions.
drivers manually choose between the "Auto" and "Sport" settings, the shock
damping characteristics are quickly changed from an everyday performance ride to
a much firmer race track capable damping for more challenging driving
The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system
also is improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers
more direct feel and on-center response.
Maximum handling rating for the
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is .88g on the skidpad.
New, split five-spoke, 20
x 9 inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with black painted
pockets provide great looks, and the available three- or four-season tires make
the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 easy to handle and fun to drive in any condition.
Stopping power from 60-0 mph in 120 feet comes through
14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston
Brembo calipers painted red. Improved brake cooling and fade performance at all
four corners comes courtesy of a new underbody belly pan with integrated brake
The Ready Alert Braking system anticipates when the driver
quickly releases the accelerator pedal and may initiate an emergency brake stop.
The electronic stability control pump then engages to set the brake pads against
the rotors, speeding up the time required for full brake application.
Safety and Security
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 features more than 65
advanced safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and
electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking
and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and
In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints,
standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver's knee air bag and standard
front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to
passengers in the event of a collision.
The available Driver Confidence
Group adds Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Collision Warning, Rear Cross Path
detection and SmartBeam headlamps.
Connectivity and Infotainment
New for 2012, the Dodge Charger SRT8 features a standard 900-watt,
19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman
Kardon. The system offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt TPS
(Tracking Power Supply) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding
acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior
The new system uses GreenEdge speaker and amplifier technology
to offer superior sound quality and high Sound Pressure Level outputs with
minimum energy consumption. GreenEdge amplifiers alone outperform traditional
amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent, representing a net efficiency of more
than 90 percent in some cases. The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and
perfectly matched to the amplifier output.
The system's 19 GreenEdge
high-efficiency speakers include:
* Seven 3.5-inch Unity Coaxial
mid-range speakers with seven integrated tweeters located in the front dash,
rear doors and rear deck
* Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front
* Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers in the rear deck
* One 10-inch subwoofer
in the rear deck
The intuitive user interface for the system is
controlled through the state-of-the-art Uconnect Touch on the largest standard
touchscreen display (8.4-inch) in the segment. Benchmarked against the best
E-segment sedans from Europe, Asia and North America, the easy-to-use system
also features Uconnect Voice to deliver world-class functionality to keep all
passengers easily connected, comfortable and secure.
The Uconnect Touch
system has been upgraded for 2012, adding handsfree texting with compatible
Bluetooth devices, voice commands for Garmin navigation, SIRIUS Traffic and more
iPod control features to expand on the system's connectivity and convenience
Safety and ease-of-use is a priority, and the upgraded
Uconnect Touch 8.4 and 8.4N models with handsfree texting keep passengers even
more connected through voice commands. With a compatible Bluetooth phone,
Uconnect Touch enables text-to-speech for incoming text messages and provides
the driver with recorded speech-to-text responses for outgoing messages.
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in
Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
SRT Track Experience
any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving
instruction from the Richard Petty Driving Experience as part of the SRT Track
Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge and skills on the
street or track. Sessions are held throughout the year at selected tracks.
Dodge Charger SRT8: Photo Gallery, Review (1/2) and Specifications