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.
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