2012-SRTs.jpgby Patrick Rall

    When the 2012 model year hits the American auto industry, the Chrysler Group’s SRT brand will return to prominence with a total of 4 vehicles as the Dodge Charger SRT8, Chrysler 300C SRT8 and Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 join the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 to establish the first multi-brand, high performance automaker in the US.  Former Dodge brand CEO Ralph Gilles has made the move to head up the new SRT brand and today, his crew announced the pricing for the 2012 SRT lineup.

    2012-Challenger-SRT.jpgThe 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is the least expensive model in the
    lineup, with a price starting at $44,820 including the $825 destination
    fee.  This includes the 6.4L Hemi with 470 horsepower and 470lb-ft of
    torque and a 6-speed manual transmission. Compared to the 2011
    Challenger SRT8 392, the 2012 model will set you back about $1,200 more,
    but considering that this includes the new dual mode active suspension
    system – this is far from an arbitrary price increase for the new model
    year.  Dodge hasn’t announced how much the automatic option will raise the
    price, but it could be as low as $995, based on the 2011 price.  At the
    same time, it could also cost a little more since the automatic
    Challengers now include the fantastic new paddle shift system.  It
    should also be pointed out that 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 models with the
    manual transmission face a gas guzzler tax of $1,000, while those with
    the paddle shifters will pay $1,300 on top of the aforementioned prices.

    2012-Charger-srt.jpgThe 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 returns to the lineup after a short hiatus,
    packing the same 470 horsepower, 6.4L Hemi from the 2011 Challenger SRT8
    but unlike the 2-door Challenger, the Charger will not come with a
    manual transmission option.  However, the Charger SRT8 will receive the
    active dampening suspension system and the paddle shifter 5-speed
    automatic transmission found in the Challenger.  The SRT variant of the
    Charger comes with a super aggressive exterior package to help it stand
    out from the non-SRT Chargers with a sporty, high end interior layout
    that adds comfort to this high performance sedan.  The Charger SRT8
    carries a starting price of $46,620, including destination and the
    Charger will likely be subject to the same $1,300 gas guzzler charges as
    the Challenger.

    2012-chrysler-300-srt.jpgThe 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is next in line with a starting price of
    $47,995.  The 300C is mechanically identical to the Charger, but the
    Chrysler super-sedan comes with a high end interior expected of a proper
    luxury car with a subtle yet sporty exterior dressing.  With 470
    horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque, the 2012 Chrysler 300C SRT8 is among
    the most powerful luxury cars on the market – costing less than
    competition from the likes of BMW and Mercedes Benz.

    2012-Jeep-SRT.jpgThe 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 is the highest price model with a base
    price of $55,295, including destination fees.  This premium is what you pay for
    features like a luxurious interior, advanced four wheel drive system, 5-speed
    automatic transmission and the 392 cubic inch Hemi – which in this
    application makes 470 horsepower and 465lb-ft of torque.  The Grand
    Cherokee SRT8 may prove to be the ultimate family performance vehicle
    with supercar-like performance in the summer and a trail rated 4WD
    system that makes the Jeep far better than any sports car in harsh winter

    These vehicles will become available later this year and they will be
    joined by the 2013 Dodge Viper from the SRT group, expected to arrive in
    the late spring or early summer.

    All these rides will drop your jaw, but if all four were there for the
    taking, and all you had to do was choose, which SRT would you speed off with and
    why? Click here to voice your opinion!