Mopar brings 2012 Dodge Charger Redline to show off lightweight 426 Hemi

2012 Dodge Charger Redline

2012 Dodge Charger Redline

MOPAR will take it to the redline at the 2012 North America International Auto Show by taking the Redline to the January auto show in Detroit. Or more specifically, the 2012 Dodge Charger Redline, a 426 HEMI-powered showcase of new Mopar performance kits that will arrive later in 2012.

The more-than-a-concept Dodge Charger Redline is assembled from three “stage” kits, of which Stage I is primarily cosmetic with some aerodynamic elements. Redline Stage II is comprised of handling, braking and exhaust. Stage III, however, is all motor, a 426 cubic inch—that’s seven liters, for those who think metric—V-8 producing 590 horsepower. Don’t get your hopes up too high, however. The new high-output version of the powerful and lightweight Gen III 426 HEMI V-8 crate engine is for race/off-road use only.

The 2012 Charger Redline’s “Elephant Motor” has a lightweight aluminum V-8 engine block that’s more than 100 lbs. lighter than the traditional cast-iron crate version. The new Gen III High Output 426 HEMI crate engine takes all the worry out of going fast. It’s professionally built and includes a sturdy bottom end with a balanced forged-steel crankshaft and six-bolt mains at 2, 3 and 4, and cross-bolted 4-bolt mains at 1 and 5. A revised windage tray is included to provide oil dispersion and prevent oil aeration by the crankshaft. Forged steel connecting rods have an H-beam style profile.

The pistons in the Stage III 426 Hemi are forged aluminum with an 11:1 compression ratio. The cylinder heads have “latest design” intake and exhaust ports, while the roller camshaft’s lift is .639 for the intake and .628 for the exhaust. To help stabilize the valvetrain at high engine rpm, tie bars are available.

Mopar cast-aluminum valve covers and billet fuel rails are also included in the Dodge Charger Redline’s Stage III performance kit.

The Dodge Charger Redline’s Stage II, on the other hand, includes high-performance brake pads and a cat-back exhaust system for a throatier exhaust and maybe some extra power (Mopar makes no claims). Other bolt-ons in the Stage II kit include a front-tower cross-brace and front tower brace caps provide increased structural stability for better handling.

Stage I is more extensive but is mostly for looks. As per Mopar:

“Based on the 2012 Dodge Charger R/T model, Mopar’s list of Stage I modifications includes a full-width Mopar carbon fiber chin spoiler to give the Charger Redline a more aggressive appearance. Matching the Redline Tri-coat paint, the two-piece grille features a body-color painted-grille surround with black signature “crosshair” insert. Large 20 x 8-inch Mopar Black Envy Wheels feature a Pitch Black-painted wheel face with polished accents. Mopar carbon fiber door scoops highlight Dodge Charger Redline’s signature body-side scallops and include heritage “R/T” badging to pay homage to the historic 1970 Charger model. A three-piece Mopar carbon fiber rear spoiler adds additional down force and provides an even more dynamic look. Emphasizing Dodge Charger Redline’s fastback silhouette is Mopar’s vinyl roof graphic in matte black.

“The Dodge Charger Redline’s cockpit design features premium materials and is further enhanced with a Mopar aluminum shift bezel and aluminum instrument panel bezel with Redline perimeter accent. For a more enthusiast-desired look, Mopar pedal covers are made from stainless steel and feature a rubberized pattern for improved traction.”

The good news is that the 2012 Dodge Charger Redline 426 Hemi will debut in Detroit. The bad news is that it won’t be street legal anywhere in the U.S. Of course, there are a lot of things that aren’t street legal…

Another Detroit debutant will be the Chrysler 2oo S.