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2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 details leaked (updated)

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;” and a capless fuel filler. (Not all of these features are new to SRT8 or to Chrysler, but were not known to be on the 2012 until now.)

Returning are knock back mitigation, which prepares the brakes for faster use based on lateral g-forces and possibly other inputs, and tip start, or automated starting (required by the pushbutton starter). Knockback mitigation might be the “Ready Alert Braking system.”

Luxury is there with dual zone humidity-sensing automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated front and rear seats, air filter, LED interior lighting, ventilated front seats, heated/cooled front cupholders, and other, more pedestrian features, not to mention a stunning 900 watt stereo with 19 speakers, with an antenna built into the rear window.

The SRT will have a two-mode active dampening suspension, and the transmission has a sport mode. As noted earlier, the “adaptive damping suspension uses on-road and driver inputs… 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…”

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.

The Charger SRT8, due later this year, comes with a 6.4 liter engine that adds at least 40 hp and 45 lb-ft of torque, yet increases gas mileage; the transmission will remain the same five-speed automatic throughout model-year 2012, according to most sources.

2012 Charger SRT8

Ford’s towing claims: brag or bluff?

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In today’s print edition of Automotive News, Larry Vellequette wrote about one more facet of the ongoing battle for bragging rights among pickup manufacturers. This time, Ram is engaged in a tussle with Ford over top towing rights. Ford claims the championship over the Ram 3500, saying its 4X4 crew cab heavy-duty pickup can tow 31,200 pounds, 1,200 more than the Ram 3500 regular cab 4X2, which Chrysler maintains has “best-in-class” towing....

Proxy service advises merger approval

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San Francisco-based Glass, Lewis & Co. has recommended that its clients approve the Fiat Chrysler merger this Friday. Glass Lewis is one of the two leading proxy service companies in the world, the other being ISS which last week advised its clients to vote down the merger. According to a Reuters report, the company said the benefits of the merger outweigh concerns about voting rights....

Does Enders-Stevens strategy open the door for Johnson?

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NHRA Pro Stock points leader Erica Enders-Stevens didn’t race at Sonoma and she won’t be competing at the Northwest Nationals in Seattle. Elite Motorsports owner Richard Freeman two-event “holiday” at the Mile-High Nationals in Denver. Despite her very impressive racing resume, Enders-Stevens lacks a real sponsor and it’s likely this was a major consideration, especially since she had built up a 241-point lead over Allen Johnson, who is second in the point standings, at the end of the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio....

Coughlin clinches Countdown berth in Sonoma

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Jeg Coughlin Jr. became the second Mopar driver to clinch a spot in the six-race Countdown to the Championship that will determine the Mello Yello NHRA Pro Stock world championship. Coughlin joined teammate Allen Johnson in the Countdown after making it to the Pro Stock semifinals in the NHRA Sonoma Nationals that ran this weekend at Sonoma Raceway....

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