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First Look: 2011 Dodge Charger SRT8

Put some metal behind the pedal.

by on Feb.10, 2011

The new Dodge Charger SRT8 makes its Windy City debut.

When Dodge unveiled the redesigned 2011 Dodge Charger last fall, it was almost a foregone conclusion that an SRT8 high-performance version would be on the way.

Dodge made good on that assumption at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show, where the 2011 Dodge Charger SRT8 made its debut.  (As did a reborn Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, Chevy’s fastest pony car ever. Click Here for more.)

Sporting an estimated 465-horsepower and 465 lb-ft of torque from a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 that mates to a 5-speed automatic transmission, the SRT8 Charger is set to launch later this year.

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Observant readers will notice that the Charger SRT8 makes five less horsepower than the Challenger SRT8 392, but that’s no reason to be dissapointed. Dodge says that the difference was necessary to achieve optimal low-end torque.

Those who like to shift for themselves will be happy to note that the Charger SRT8 offers steering wheel-mounted shift paddles, while those who want high performance without sacrificing those miles per gallon will like the cylinder-deactivation system that shuts down four of the cylinders during light cruising.