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After restyling the Charger for 2011, Dodge has just unveiled what might just be the brand’s best looking car ever, the Charger SRT8. With a gaping front opening, the Charger has plenty of muscle to back up the look thanks to a 6.4-liter V8 that pumps out 465-hp and an equally awesome 465 lb-ft of torque – an increase of 80 lb ft over the old 6.1-liter V8.
Dodge claims a high four second 0-60 mph time and a quarter mile time in the 12s.
New for 2012 is an adaptive suspension that constantly monitors the road as well as driving inputs and changes the shocks accordingly. Drivers can also choose between an Auto and Sport setting.
Also assisting in delivering a more enthusiastic ride is an improved steering system, 20-inch wheels and paddle-shifters. And to slow this big sedan down are four-piston Brembo calipers.
Featuring a more aggressive take on the much-improved interior from the 2011 model, the Charger SRT8 even gets a stereo to match that powerful V8 with 19-speakers and 900-watts of power.
GALLERY: 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8
Get all the details on the 2012 restyle after the jump:
It was a near certainty and now Chrysler has confirmed it: the SRT8s are coming. Sources inside the automaker have said the new SRT8s are currently in the works, meaning we should seem them soon.
No specifics have been given on what models will get the SRT8 treatment, but considering Chrysler’s past we can all but guarantee an SRT8 Dodge Charger, as well as a Jeep SRT8. While Chrysler is eager to position the new 2011 300 model as more of a luxury car than a performance car, it’s likely to get the big V8 too. Another possibility includes the new Durango SUV.
Like the already released 2011 Challenger SRT8 392, all models should get close to 470-hp and 470 ft-lbs of torque using a new 6.4-liter V8 engine. Also look for larger wheels, lower and stiffer suspensions, custom bodywork, upgraded brakes and some interior trim changes. It’s not yet clear if the new SRT8s will get Chrysler’s upcoming 8-speed automatic, but that would certainly help deliver some even more impressive performance without the tremendously bad fuel economy we’re used to.
[Source: Automobile Magazine]