Chrysler 6.4-liter pushrod Hemi V-8, 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque via a five-speed automatic transmission. A580 Tranny - Paddle shifters have been added for 2013, delivering remarkably crisp shifts. 0-60 in 4 Secs The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 Super Bee debuted in Stinger Yellow or black, reprising the legendary Super Bees. It has a dash plaque, black rear spoiler, glossy-black split crosshair grille, and Z-stripe cloth seats (now using the same cloth as Viper Core) with striping and embroidered Super Bee logos. On the yellow car, black hood graphics and decklid stripes are used with a solid wide center line flanked by tracer lines; the black car has charcoal gray graphics on the hood and decklid. Front fenders have “392 HEMI” badges; rear fenders have the Super Bee graphic. New 20 x 9-inch, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with black pockets come with a choice of Goodyear F1 Supercar three-season, ultra high performance tires and (standard) Goodyear Eagle RS-A 2 all-season tires.
For 2013, the Super Bee gained a new, gloss black split crosshair grille with a 3-D helmeted bee mascot badge; the rear Super Been graphics include the words “by SRT,” and new colors, Hemi Orange Pearl and Plum Crazy Pearl, were added.
To control that power, the Dodge Charger SRT8 features an adaptive damping suspension that uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs, such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration, to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions. Drivers also can manually choose between “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from the ease of everyday commuting to harsher, more challenging driving situations. (Sport mode keeps the damping firmer).
The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system also is improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
New, split five-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with black painted pockets provide great looks, and the available three- or four-season tires make the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 easy to handle and fun to drive.
World-class stopping power for the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 comes through four-piston Brembo calipers and vented/slotted rotors measuring 14.2 inches up front and 13.8 inches in the rear. Knock back mitigation prepares the brakes for faster use, based on lateral g-forces and possibly other inputs.
The Charger SRT8’s Ready Alert Braking system anticipates situations when the driver may initiate an emergency brake stop and engages the electronic stability control pump to set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required for full brake application.
A closer look at a sample 2012 Charger SRT8 shows some interesting features, including a 226mm rear axle with a 3.06 ratio, acoustic solar control glass all around, HID headlamps (with high-beam DRLs), a "functional hood scoop," capless fuel filler, knock back mitigation, and tip start. New front and rear fascias, along with a new rear spoiler, distinguish the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 with a high performance look. The front grille, grille surround, and Dodge crosshair use high-gloss black finishes, while a new hood uses a 6.4 L (liter) badge and black air Exhauster for added engine cooling. The functional hood scoop solved no performance problems; while the hood Exhauster does solve a pressure issue.
In the rear, the Charger’s new signature “racetrack” taillamp design with 164 illuminating LEDs has new 4-inch round dual Exhaust tips and an SRT8 decklid badge. Side-sill cladding is painted to match the body color, and an underbody belly pan has integrated brake ducting to improve cooling and brake fade performance at all four corners.
Some other features include a black/red interior, adaptive cruise control (described in our 2011 Charger review), forward collision mitigation (using the sensor installed for the adaptive cruise), remote USB port, satellite traffic, and remote gas-cap release. Some of the features listed here may be options, but the SRT models generally come well equipped regardless.
New for 2012, the Dodge Charger SRT8 uses a 900-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harmon Kardon. The user interface is controlled with the largest standard touchscreen display (8.4-inch) in the segment. Benchmarked against the best E-segment sedans from Europe, Asia and North America, the easy-to-use system also features Uconnect Voice to deliver world-class functionality to keep all passengers easily connected, comfortable and secure.