By Patrick Rall
There was only one new Dodge Charger sedan in the massive
indoor Mopar display at the 2012 SEMA Show but the Mopar-modified “Dodge
Charger Juiced” made for a fine representation of the high performance sport
The Dodge Charger Juiced begins on the outside, where Mopar
has added a front chin spoiler (PN 82212340), a body colored crosshair grille
(PN 82212421), a Mopar grille graphic (PN 82212923), a Mopar decklid graphic
(PN 82212483), prototype smoked headlight lenses, a prototype performance hood and
some great looking 20″ Mopar wheels finished in a satin black finish with
copperhead orange wheels. The folks at
Mopar sounded pretty positive that these wheels would eventually be available
in the performance catalog and when they do arrive…I’m betting that they will
Finally, the majority of the body has been painted
Copperhead Orange Metallic while the hood and trunk lid are painted a darker
matte version of the Copperhead color.
The Charger Juiced also sports a set of unique fender badges and a Mopar
that starts on the rear quarter panels and runs up over the trunklid. Inside, the Charger Juiced gets a set of
unique Katzkin leather seats in black with an orange stripe, a Mopar bright
door sill guard set and Mopar premium floor mats.
While the Dodge Charger Juiced featured that special Mopar touch
inside and out, the real story here is what is packed under the hood. Gone is the 5.7L Hemi that was present when
this car began its life as a 2013 Charger R/T and in its place is the 8.4L
Viper V10 crate engine – packing 650 horsepower and 600lb-ft of torque. This engine is fitted with a Mopar cold air
intake package and a Mopar cat-back exhaust system that has been modified to
work with 50 state legal Viper crate engine.
The power is sent to the rear wheels via the same 6-speed manual
transmission that is found in the current Dodge Charger SRT8, topped by a Hurst
shifter. Helping to ensure that the
Charger Juiced handles just as well as it launches, Mopar has added a lowering
kit, front and rear strut tower braces, front and rear sway bars and the
aforementioned wheels. These sharp
looking rims are wrapped in high performance Pirelli P Zero tires for optimal
grip while accelerating and cornering.
Specs and modifications aside, the Dodge Charger Juiced by
Mopar is 100% awesome. It packs tons of
power, improved handling and a serious street-brawler look that drew lots of
attention at the 2012 SEMA Show.