2011 Chicago Auto ShowJust the Facts:
- The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, which will arrive in showrooms in the fall, debuted at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show.
- The Charger SRT8 went on hiatus for the 2011 model year, after Chrysler sold just 688 Charger SRT8s in 2010.
- The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 gets a 465-horsepower 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that replaces the 425-hp 6.1-liter V8 in the 2010 model.
CHICAGO — The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 debuted at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, signaling a renewal of Dodge as a high-performance brand. The Charger SRT8 went on hiatus for the 2011 model year, after Chrysler sold just 688 Charger SRT8s in 2010.
The 2012 Charger SRT8 gets some major revisions versus the 2010 model, most notably under the hood. The 2012 model gets a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that churns out an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. Dodge said specific horsepower, torque and fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to introduction in the fall. Pricing has not been announced.
The Charger SRT8 will also get standard paddle shifters and a five-speed automatic transmission. It has an estimated top speed of 175 mph and an estimated 0-60-mph time in the "high 4-second range," said Dodge.
New for 2012 is an adaptive damping suspension, split five-spoke 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets and a new rear spoiler.
The cabin gets a new leather-wrapped SRT-exclusive steering wheel with a flattened bottom and a new 19-speaker premium audio system from Harman Kardon.
Edmunds.com says: Dodge's SRT lineup is reinvigorated by the return of the Charger SRT8. — Anita Lienert, Correspondent