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2011 Dodge Charger SRT8 revealed

by David Zatz on

Dodge Charger SRT8 closeup

The KGP group caught a Dodge Charger SRT8 moments after engineers removed the prototype’s frontal camouflage. The Charger SRT8’s nose gets a brawny front bumper, with a chiseled look around the fog lamps. The enlarged air-intakes are covered with honeycomb mesh, and a new take on Dodge’s traditional bullseye grille.

Chrome exhaust tips just out from the rear bumper, and large five-spoke wheels properly plant the car. The Charger SRT8 gets slotted rotors. This prototype’s hood has a power bulge, and our shot of its raised hood reveals what appears to be a functional air-vent to purge hot air from the engine bay (as predicted by allpar some time ago).

The Charger SRT8 is expected to get Chrysler’s new 6.4-liter HEMI V8, which is rumored to be good for at least 480 horsepower. Lending some credence to that estimate is the Dodge engineers’ choice of a running mate for the Charger SRT8–a Cadillac CTS-V. The latest Charger is aiming for the top-rung of American performance sedans.

Separately, leaked pricing on the Challenger SRT8 shows the 6.4 Hemi with MDS with a five-speed automatic, and a 6.4 Hemi without MDS with the six-speed manual transmission. A $1,750 gas guzzler tax is expected with the manual transmission; the Challenger SRT8 is expected to cost around $46,000.

See our 2011 Dodge Charger page for more photos.

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