2012 Dodge Charger SRT-8 Tour
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This menacing new sedan marks the triumphant return of the SRT namesake to
the Charger model, and does so with a big 6.4-liter bang.
The new mill adds 0.3-liters to the top SRT offering, and along with that
comes an estimated 465 horsepower and 465 lb-ft of
torque - that's an 80 horsepower bump at 2,900 rpm
compared to the outgoing range-topper.
Dodge has also added some new tech to the 392, including an all-new active
valve Exhaust system that provides for
improved efficiency, as well as Fuel Saver technology that drops the engine
down to four cylinders for improved fuel economy when cruising. An active
intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing also provide
improved low-end torque.
But that's not all
Of course the big engine is the big news for the new Charger SRT8, but
Dodge has also added other exciting tidbits and firsts, such as standard
paddle-shift technology for those who opt for the AutoStick five-speed
Also new for the latest SRT Charger is an adaptive damping suspension that
measures a myriad of inputs such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering
speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration to
automatically tune and adjust the suspension for optimal handling on the
fly. For added control, drivers can also pre-select from either "Auto" or
"Sport" modes, which quickly adjust the vehicle to pre-set conditions based
on driver demands.
The performance SRT-tuned, fully hydraulic steering system is also 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 help get the power to ground
while giving the SRT8 a menacing style, along with available three- or
Of course with all that power the Charger SRT8 is capable of some serious
performance figures, such as: zero-to-60 in under five seconds, quarter
miles in under 13 seconds, .88g skidpad performance and a top speed of 175
miles per hour.
Naturally, something capable of that much speed needs substantial stopping
power to keep from leaving the road, so Dodge's SRT division equipped this
sedan with four-piston Brembo calipers and vented and slotted rotors
measuring 14.2-inches up front and 13.8-inches in the rear.
Step inside this hot saloon
Inside the SRT8 the sporty style continues with a race-inspired interior
featuring a leather-wrapped, SRT-exclusive steering wheel with a flat
bottom design and SRT logo. The standard paddle shifters flank both sides
of the new steering wheel behind the new contoured palm rests.
Continuing the high-performance look and feel are carbon-weave, fiber
aluminum interior trim pieces that are integrated into the new instrument
panel and shifter bezel.
The front seats have aggressive bolstering and perforated suede insert
fabric to help keep the driver and passengers planted firmly in their
(standard) heated and ventilated seats during spirited driving.
Said standard seats also feature reactive headrests and an SRT logo that is
embroidered into the seat backs. Rear seats are also heated.
The door trim panels have been modified from the standard Charger and
feature unique bolster material and accent stitching on arm rests to match
the seats. Also new is a 900-watt, 19-speaker premium SRT performance audio
surround-sound system from Harmon Kardon.
Controlling this high-power stereo is the state-of-the-art Uconnect Touch
system with the largest standard touchscreen display in the segment at
SRT8 and Uconnect exclusives
Exclusive Performance Pages are new for this Charger, and included within
the touchscreen display. The instrument panel display can be customized to
view driver preferences and expanded to include instant feedback on
steering input measurements, horsepower, torque, expanded
engine information, along with zero-to-60 times, 60-to-zero braking,
g-forces and one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times. The color graphic
Electronic Vehicle Information Center also includes the Performance Pages
timers and added engine information.
Don't forget the safety
With so much power and performance on hand, sooner or later someone is
bound to take things a little too far, and for such occasions dodge has
equipped the latest SRT Charger with a slew of safety features.
Included in that list are standard front-row reactive head restraints,
standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver's knee airbag and
standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags.
Also included are adaptive-cruise control with Forward Collision Warning
and Blind-spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Path Detection. the Charger also
features three-mode electronic stability control with segment-exclusive
Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features.
Information retrieved from: leftlanenews.com
All NEW 2013 Cadillac XTS PLATINUM
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The styling of the XTS is a clear evolution of Cadillac's 'Arts & Science'
design formula. While the styling is close to that of the XTS Platinum
Concept shown at the 2010 Detroit Auto Show, the main difference comes in
the way of slightly toned down lights. The sheet metal, however, is nearly
the same as the concept's.
From the satin-chrome grille and 20-inch aluminum wheels with chrome
inserts, to the leather wrapped interior with Alcantara headliner, the XTS
is the pinnacle of Cadillac luxury.
The automaker is quick to note that while the design is bold and elegant,
it's also an efficient way to carry passengers and cargo. Cadillac states
that headroom, legroom, and knee space are all generous, which is important
as the XTS is expected to be flogged to livery services as a replacement
for the Lincoln Town Car.
Featuring both front- and all-wheel drive options, the 2013 Cadillac XTS
will come with a 3.6-liter direct injected V-6 rated at 300 horsepower and 264
pound-feet of torque. Using a six-speed automatic transmission, projected
fuel economy ratings of 17/28 mpg city/highway for the front-wheel drive
and 17/27 mpg for the all-wheel drive are good, but not great.
The XTS will utilize GM's latest HiPer Strut front suspension, along with
Magnetic Ride Control, Brembo brakes, and rear air suspension, all as
As mentioned, space inside the XTS isn't an issue. With 40-inches of rear
legroom, the XTS checks in with four inches more legroom than the BMW
5-Series. Trunk space is also quite spacious with 18 cubic-feet of space
for whatever you may end up hauling as you cruise America's roads.
At the center of the new XTS is a ton of new technology. The main feature
is Cadillac's new CUE infotainment system. Featuring an 8-inch capacitive
touch screen display in the center of the dash, all the main controls
ranging from climate control to radio controls, are all touch based with
haptic feedback. What might be the coolest feature is the proximity sensing
feature, which can sense when your fingers are near the screen.
Also part of the CUE system is a 12.3-inch reconfigurable gauge cluster.
There are four driver selectable themes which each display different
information in unique layouts.
Along with the in-cabin electronics, Cadillac is introducing new short and
long range radar systems with the XTS. These systems will be used for
adaptive cruise control, front and rear automatic brakes, and rear cross
traffic alert. Another new feature is a safety alert driver seat that
vibrates to alert the driver. Combine these electronic safety features with
the standard 10 air bags, and we can see Cadillac is looking to satisfy
both the gadget loving and safety conscious crowd.
SEX MACHINE- 2012 Mercedes Benz SLS AMG Roadster $227,125
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AMG is presenting a new dream-car: the 2012MY Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG
Roadster. This super sports car thrills with a perfect combination of
open-top driving pleasure, outstanding driving dynamics and sophisticated
lightweight construction. The 2012 SLS AMG Roadster will make its U.S.
debut in Fall 2011.
The technological highlights of the 2012 SLS AMG Roadster include an
aluminum spaceframe body, an AMG 6.3-liter V8 front-mid engine with dry
sump lubrication developing a peak output of 563 hp and 479 pound-feet of
torque, a seven-speed dual clutch transaxle transmission and a sports
suspension with aluminum double wishbones - all of which will raise the
pulse of sports car enthusiasts while providing outstanding driving
dynamics and driving pleasure.
The compact fabric soft top of the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG Roadster opens and
closes in just eleven seconds, and can be operated on the move at speeds up
to 31 mph (50 km/h). The new Adaptive AMG Sport Suspension with
electronically controlled damping is available as an attractive optional
extra. It enables the damping characteristics to be modified at the touch
of a button. Using the AMG DRIVE UNIT, the driver of the SLS AMG Roadster
is therefore able to choose his own suspension setup. Three modes are
available: "Comfort", "Sport" and "Sport plus".
"AMG Performance Media" is a unique new feature: this innovative,
motorsport-inspired multimedia system offers an unrivalled combination of
numerous telemetric displays such as lateral and linear acceleration,
various engine data and lap times on a racetrack.
Info retrieved from: netcarshow.com
2012 Chrysler 300C SRT-8 Walk Around
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We'll cut right to the meat and potatoes. As expected, the new SRT8 is
packing a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine, producing an "estimated 465 hp and 465
lb-ft of torque." If those numbers hold up, they represent increases of 40
hp and 45 lb-ft over the outgoing model. The same five-speed automatic
transmission is the only gearbox, but as in the 2012 Charger STR8, paddle
shifters will live behind the flat-bottomed steering wheel. The wheel,
Chrysler says, manipulates a livelier rack than before. The company expects
60 mph to arrive in the high four-second range and the quarter-mile to take
just under 13 seconds. Although the new version will be heavier, we don't
see those times being difficult to achieve, as the last car hit 60 mph in
4.7 seconds and the quarter in 13.2 in our testing. A screen in the IP
includes a function to keep tabs on your personal 0-to-60-mph times,
maximum lateral acceleration, and quarter-mile times, among other numerical
Along with, highway fuel economy is also projected to increase—this by an
estimated 25 percent. To that end, the 6.4-liter gets cylinder
deactivation, and an active Exhaust
system allows it to work over a wider rpm range. The engine and Exhaust also are said to have a throatier voice,
which is most excellent: SRT had a virtuoso as a base point of comparison
A bit stiff riding at times, the old model should be trumped by the 2012
and its Adaptive Damping Suspension (ADS). Using variables that include
vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, throttle position, and
lateral force, the suspension automatically adjusts to road conditions and
driving style. It offers a choice between Auto and Sport modes, with the
latter giving the driver full control of shifting duties. The braking
system carries over but cooling is likely to improve from a new belly pan
with integrated brake ducting. New motor mounts will attempt to do away
with the fun but admittedly un-luxurious muscle-car shake at idle.
Those seeking the luxury angle of the 300C SRT8 will find the updated
interior from the regular 2011 300C a welcome change. Adding to the base
car's vastly improved materials, the SRT8 gets real carbon-fiber trim along
with the aforementioned unique steering wheel. Like the normal 300, the
center stack also features the 8.4-inch touch-screen display, but here it
comes with standard navigation and can control an optional and monstrous
900-watt, 19-speaker Harman/Kardon stereo. Additional luxury can be had
from the Premium Leather Interior package, which stretches so-called
"Foligno" leather over the door uppers, the instrument panel, the cluster
hood, and the sides of the center console. Nappa leather then takes over to
finish the doors, armrest, and center armrests. It's a far cry from the
hard plastics of the recent past.
Backing up the underhood muscle are the new front and rear fascias, side
skirts, dual four-inch (!) softball-shooter Exhaust tips, and unique 20-inch wheels. The kit
adds definite visual spice to the already-zesty look of the 300, but you
can go one step further: A new Black Chrome package swaps in upper and
lower grille surrounds, a rear valance strip, and wheels rendered in the
dark shiny stuff.
The SRT8 hits dealers in the third quarter of this year. We'll take ours in
all black with all the black chrome you've got.
Info retrieved from: Car & Driver