The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 earned one of the top Total Car Scores in the competitive High-Performance vehicle segment.
Critics liked just about everything about the Charger SRT8, from its aggressive styling and powerful Hemi V8 to its comfortable and well-designed interior. They also appreciated the fact that, unlike some other cars in this category, the Charger can serve family transport duties just as well as its stoplight-to-stoplight contests as a muscle car.
Complaints about the Charger were very few. Some reviewers worried that the car’s aggressive demeanor might turn off mild-mannered buyers, and others felt the Charger’s sloping roofline cut into rear-seat headroom. Fuel economy from the Hemi isn’t exactly stellar, but that’s no secret and probably of little concern to potential Charger SRT8 buyers.
After a year’s hiatus, the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 was reintroduced to the Charger lineup this year, so it is not due for major changes any time soon.
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 is a four-door, five-passenger, rear-wheel-drive sedan offered in standard SRT8 and Super Bee versions.
Both models are powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 that sends 470 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque to a five-speed automatic transmission that’s fitted with both a console-mounted Auto Stick shift lever and steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The SRT8 rides on an adaptive damping suspension system that allows the driver to adjust between Auto and Sport modes. Disc brakes with four-piston Brembo calipers are mounted behind the SRT8’s 20x9-inch alloy wheels.
Standard equipment inside the SRT8 includes heated and cooled powered front seats with leather upholstery and suede inserts, a leather-wrapped (and heated) steering wheel, heated rear seats, automatic climate control, an Electronic Vehicle Information Center that displays performance data (0-60 and quarter-mile times, lateral g’s, braking distances), Uconnect Touch infotainment system, Bluetooth, a navigation system and a 900-watt, 19-speaker Harmon Kardon sound system.
The Super Bee is offered with paint and graphics packages unique to the model. It also loses some of the SRT8’s standard interior equipment to give it a more stripped-down, performance flavor. The powered leather seats, for example, are replaced by manually adjusted, cloth-covered performance seats, the steering wheel is unheated, and the Uconnect infotainment, navigation and Harmon Kardon sound systems are unavailable. The Super Bee gets its own high-performance Brembo brake system and unique 20-inch alloy wheels.
Goodyear F1 Supercar tires are available for both the SRT8 and Super Bee as an option; a powered sunroof and rain-sensing wipers are offered for the SRT8 but not the Super Bee.
The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 earned an EPA fuel economy rating of 14 mpg city, 23 mpg highway and 17 mpg combined.
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