When it came time to revamp the Dodge Charger SRT8 for the 2012 SRT8 Charger model year, the SRT guys took a slightly different tack. SRT brand president Ralph Gilles says each of the new 2012 SRT8 Charger offerings was designed “to have each brand’s identity prominently displayed through the sheetmetal.” That’s perhaps most evident with the Chargers 2012, which Gilles describes as the “extrovert of the bunch.” He’s not kidding.
The base Charger, which was revamped and resculpted for the 2011 model year, already bears an aggressive, muscular shape. In 2012 SRT8 Charger form, however, that aesthetic has been given the BALCO treatment. The Charger’s already angry front fascia is further twisted into a menacing snarl, thanks to a taller air dam and chin spoiler, a blacked-out bumper section between the upper and lower grilles, and an enormous heat extractor on the bulged hood in the 2012 SRT8 Charger.
Other changes in the 2012 SRT8 Charger include a high-gloss grille and grille surround, SRT/Hemi badging for the fenders, Dodge’s signature “crosshair” grille, a hoop scoop with heat extractor, a new rear spoiler, four-inch exhaust tips, and more Dodge Charger SRT8 badging out back.
Two-tone 20-inch wheels (wrapped in Goodyear Eagle RS-A 245-section rubber), chiseled side skirts, and a lowered ride height lend the car a nefarious stance. In the back of 2012 SRT8 Charger, the tail is capped off with a tall deck lid spoiler, an angular rear bumper fascia, and dual exhausts exiting through a unique valance panel.
Interior changes inside the 2012 SRT8 Charger consist of aluminum fiber accents, a flat-bottomed heated steering wheel with paddle shifters, SRT’s Performance Pages, heated and cooled bolstered seats with Nappa leather and suede, heated rear seats, and unique bolster material that matches the seats to the door trim. There’s also an available up level audio system in the 2012 SRT8 Charger which featuring GreenEdge technology, which improves the energy efficiency of speakers and amplifiers.
The 2012 SRT8 Charger specs is the top-dog Charger, thanks to a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that puts out 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The 2012 SRT8 Charger is kind of like America–loud, crude, and large. Power reaches the rear wheels via a 5-speed automatic transmission, and thanks to both cylinder-deactivation and an active-valve exhaust system, the 2012 SRT8 Charger is EPA-rated at 14 mpg city and 23 mpg highway. 2012 Charger SRT8 Pricing has not yet been announced, but the 2012 SRT8 Charger price is predicted at $48,000.
Forty-six large is no small sum, but if you consider the SRT8′s high-end competition, the 2012 SRT8 Charger is only marginally less powerful, yet in the right hands, it ought to do a remarkably good job of keeping up with pricier four-door rocket ships. In truth, it seems the closest competitor to the 2012 SRT8 Charger lies right in the same SRT family.
The 2012 Chrysler 300 SRT8 starts at $47,995, has the same power output and infotainment setup with the 2012 SRT8 Charger specs, yet wears a slightly softer suit. SRT has created two monsters here; one designed to scare your grandmother and another to drop her off when she’s running late to the salon.
These are two powerful sedans that offer customers the choice to show who they are, the 300 SRT8 is the slightly introverted yin to the 2012 SRT8 Charger and its extroverted yang. In this particular instance, you can’t make a wrong choice, and the 2012 SRT8 Charger is proof that Chrysler can create a modern muscle sedan properly. Another competitor on the 2012 SRT8 Charger is the 2012 Volkswagen Passat SEL Premium Sedan.
2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 – First Test
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