2012 Dodge Charger SRT8, an AutoWeek Flash Drive Car Review

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2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by: A.J. Mueller Photography LLC 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Photo by A.J. Mueller Photography LLC.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by: A.J. Mueller Photography LLC 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Photo by A.J. Mueller Photography LLC.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by: A.J. Mueller Photography LLC 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Photo by A.J. Mueller Photography LLC.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by: A.J. Mueller Photography LLC 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Photo by A.J. Mueller Photography LLC.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by: A.J. Mueller Photography LLC 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Photo by A.J. Mueller Photography LLC.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by: A.J. Mueller Photography LLC 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Photo by A.J. Mueller Photography LLC.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Photo by: A.J. Mueller Photography LLC 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8. Photo by A.J. Mueller Photography LLC.

By: Jonathan Wong on 7/14/2011

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What is it?

Ralph Gilles, SRT make president and CEO, strong-minded the Dodge Charger SRT8 the extrovert of the 2012 SRT8 class--and by means of high-quality reason. The violent SRT exterior action luckily a gloss black grille, sculpted hood by means of black air exhauster, back spoiler and dual four-inch exhaust instructions create the car seem menacing.

But by means of any SRT vehicles, it begins by means of the engine. A new 6.4-liter Hemi V8 powers the menacing sedan, replacing the preceding 6.1-liter Hemi V8. With a sum of 470-hp and 470 lb-ft of torque on tap, it ,court case and extra 45 hp and 50 lb-ft of torque in excess of the old powerplant. Power is up, but petroleum efficiency too improves by means of a new lively valve exhaust scheme (as establish all 2012 SRT8 models) to let the Hemi to operate in four-cylinder mode in excess of a similar to rpm range. Bolted to the V8 is the inappropriately and factual five-speed routine by means of physical shift function.

On the suspension front, 2012 marks the extra of a new adaptive damping suspension offering two modes: auto and sport. Auto monitors speed, steering angle, brake torque, throttle and armed up and adjusts damping accordingly, as,at the same time as game locks in a stiffer, track-ready setup.

SRT partner, Brembo, ,court case four-pot brakes at all corners, by means of the ,whole wrap up on foot on 20-inch, tear five-spoke fake wheels by means of black painted pockets.

Touches in the cabin built-in the leather-wrapped, flat-bottom SRT steering wheel by means of paddle shifters, aluminum center trim and heavily bolstered SRT front bucket seats. An efficient Performance Pages readout can be seen on the normal 8.4-inch color touchscreen, construct has person's name upgraded to comprise steering angle, horsepower and torque outputs and a variety of gauges.

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What is it similar to to drive?

While the Charger SRT8's suspension tuning isn't as violent as the Challenger's, it motionless helped the Charger blaze approximately California's Willow Springs Raceway by means of small trouble. In corners, the car stays natural and by means of no trouble sticks to by means of preferred row and is by no means a handful. As in the 300 SRT8, by means of game mode engaged, the traction winning let for a high-quality quantity of slip preceding to cutting in to kill the party. There's extremely small revolve to talk of in turns, and the Hemi V8 brings abundance of power. Upshifts as of the five-speed autobox now rapid as,at the same time as by,by means of the paddles, but again, the broadcast suffers as of cruel downshifts with no rev matching capabilities. Steering heaviness is too on the glow side. As expected, the Brembo brakes now up to task, by means of no trouble slowed belongings downward and now high-quality all through the hot day.

On the road, the Charger SRT8 is quiet and rolls downward the ride comfortably. Even in game mode, the suspension isn't overly cruel by means of merely better street hazards clever to jolt occupants. In auto, it's still additional comfortable.

Do I desire it?

If you similar to standout styling and horsepower (and who doesn't?) after that yes, the Charger be hypothetical to be by means of SRT8 of choice. The changeable damping suspension opens the SRT8 vehicles up to a broader audience, as,at the same time as keeping the hardcore enthusiast happy. The new Hemi V8 motionless tableware the fraction beneath wide-open throttle, but is quiet and docile at what time you're idling approximately town.

Now if SRT figures out a way to add rev matching to the broadcast and melody in a small additional heaviness eager on the steering, it counting actually contain a winner on its hands.

2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

On Sale: Third quarter 2011

Base Price: $48,000 (est)

Drivetrain: 6.4-liter 470-hp, 470 lb-ft V8; five-speed automatic

Curb Weight: 4,365 lb

0-60 mph: 4.8 sec (est)

Fuel Economy (EPA): 16 mpg (est)



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