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Chrysler Canada unveils 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8

The 2012 Charger SRT8 was given its world debut at the recent Chicago Auto Show.

Featuring a 6.4-litre Hemi engine that delivers an estimated 465 hp and 465 lb/ft of torque, all-new paddle-shift technology and a two-mode adaptive damping suspension, Charger SRT8 delivers intelligent performance, ride and handling, as well as interior and exterior styling.

The 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 will arrive in dealer showrooms in the fall of 2011.

Under the hood, the new 6.4- litre Hemi V8 in the Charger SRT8 delivers more horsepower and torque than the 6.1-litre HEMI V8 it replaces.

It also will offer improved fuel economy.

Estimated power ratings for the 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 are 465 horsepower and 465 lb/ft of torque, including an estimated additional 80 lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900 rpm. Specific horsepower, torque and fuel economy numbers will be announced closer to the vehicle introduction.

Building upon the standard Fuel Saver MDS technology (four-cylinder mode) found in the new 6.4-litre Hemi V8, a new for 2012 adaptive valve exhaust system allows the technology to engage over a wider rpm range, which delivers improved fuel efficiency or the use of all eight cylinders when the power is needed.

New for 2012, the Dodge Charger SRT8 features an adaptive damping suspension that uses a wide range of on-road and driver inputs, such as vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration, to automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions.

Drivers of the new Didge Charger SRT8 also can manually choose between “Auto” and “Sport” settings that quickly change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from the ease of everyday commuting to harsher, more challenging driving situations.

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