by Patrick Rall

    When Dodge rolled out the redesigned Charger sedan in 2011, it
    featured extensive changes to the entire car, making the mid cycle
    refresh more like a whole new generation.  While the initial new
    Chargers in 2011 offered only the 3.6L V6 and the 5.7L Hemi V8, Dodge
    unveiled the 2012 Charger SRT8 at the Chicago Auto Show.

    The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is powered by the awesome new 6.4L, 392
    cubic inch Hemi packing 465 horsepower and 465lb-ft of torque – sending
    all of that power to the rear wheels by means of a 5-speed automatic
    transmission and a Sure Grip rear wheel drive setup.  This affords the
    2012 Charger SRT8 not just performance measures that allow it to keep up
    (and beat) some of the highest performance sedans in the US market, but
    thanks to Chrysler’s Fuel Saver Technology, the new 6.4L Hemi is more
    fuel efficient than the previous SRT Hemi.  Better fuel economy than the
    outgoing motor along with more horsepower and torque, combined with the
    great new look of the 2011 Charger was a huge step in the right
    direction, but Dodge didn’t stop there.

    The exterior of the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 features the same basic
    look found on the redesigned 2011 Charger including the massive new tail
    light with the “race track” LEDs running around the outer edge, but
    Dodge made sure that the 2012 Charger SRT8 very clearly stands out in
    the crowd of new Chargers.  The most obvious difference is the bold
    front fascia, which features a huge center section with enlarged upper
    and lower grille openings – all finished in gloss black.  The lower lip
    of the front fascia is more prominent, adding improved aerodynamics and a
    more aggressive look. Also, the areas around the foglights have been
    sculpted to bolster the angry look of the 2012 Charger SRT8.

    Across the back end, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 features more
    aggressive upgrades with a lower rear fascia wrapped around a set of
    massive 4″ polished exhaust tips.  On the sides of the Charger SRT8 is a
    set of rocker extensions that add to the lowered look, tucking the body
    around the gun metal grey split-spoke 20″ wheels.  Behind these large
    unique wheels we find a high performance braking system coupled with an
    enhanced suspension system that features a new adaptive suspension
    control.  These alterations help the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 to be one
    of the most powerful and best handling full sized sedans on the market
    today, but with a cost higher than the non-SRT Chargers, Chrysler made
    sure that the interior reflected the special nature of this new model.

    The interior of the 2012 Charger SRT8 features sport-inspired seats
    with enhanced bolsters, finished in suede and leather.  The front seats
    offer power controls along with in-seat air condition and all four
    seating positions offer heated surfaces.  The SRT8 also comes with a
    premium Harman Kardon sound system controlled by steering wheel mounted
    buttons and that same steering wheel also features paddle shifters to
    allow the driver to bang through gears without taking his hands off of
    the wheel.

    The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 offers class leading performance,
    handling and fuel economy coupled with a stunning exterior design and
    high luxury interior – which should all help to increase the
    already-high popularity of the high performance Dodge sedan.