Dodge Charger, Challenger SRT8 To Get 570-HP Supercharger In 2012: Exclusive

Follow Nelson

Gear up, muscle car fans, as we've once again got an exclusive scoop on what's in store for you. The horsepower wars are most certainly not over. Dodge's newly-formed SRT brand is planning a factory-option supercharger for the LX-platform SRT8 cars that'll boost the new 6.4-liter HEMI as high as 570 horsepower.

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8

Enlarge Photo

Though it's likely reluctant to frame it as a response to the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and the coming upgraded Ford Mustang GT500, the supercharged SRT8 cars are probably exactly that. Our inside source says the twin-screw supercharger kit, which will be available for order as a factory part, will come very late in calendar year 2012 for 2013 model-year cars, and will boost horsepower up to the 540-570 hp range.

That's right on par with the competition, which is also due out around that time frame. The supercharger kit, built by Eaton, will also come with another upgrade: eight-speed transmissions.

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8

2013 Dodge Charger SRT8

Enlarge Photo

Pricing remains unknown at this point, as does any word on what the blown SRT8s will get in the way of unique naming or badges, but the information comes from a dependable source, so if you're in the market for an LX-platform SRT8 (sorry, Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 fans, no love for you) you might want to hold onto your cash for another year to get the big dog. Of course, it's likely to be offered as an available dealer-installed upgrade to existing SRT8s, too, so maybe you can go ahead and pull the trigger now.

We'll keep you posted as we learn more.

Follow Us

Comments (19)
  1. If Dodge don't let us Tune our own cars the way we like than they can shove that blower where the sun don't shine.

  2. Agreed. Maybe that's why they made the 11's PCM so hard to crack. They want the market all to themselves.

  3. that's really mild gains at the flywheel...

  4. Man you ain't kiddin!! Mild gains, something is a miss here.

  5. 100hp gain from an OEM kit is mild? Whatever you guys are smoking, I want some.

    Besides, OEMs always make the smallest gains they can so that they can slowly lift the power in line with the competition as the years roll by.

  6. It's worth noting, too, that this claim may well be somewhat understated--i.e. a minimum SAE rating, rather than what most owners are likely to see at the wheels when they put the cars on the dyno.

  7. The gains will be somewhat limited unless they lower the CR of the new 392. (11:1) I's guess 6lbs max boost.

  8. Chrysler is really producing some amazing products now. The LX cars were always good but now with the interior refinement and chassis updates these cars really rock. The 6.4 Hemi I believe is understated in it's HP. The Challenger was tested at 0-60 in 4.5 seconds and the Charger SRT 0-60 in 4.6 seconds both with the 5 Speed WA580 trans. The comments were these cars had a hard time hooking up even with traction control enabled, so I wonder what these beasts could do with a launch control system or beefier tires? Considering the Caddy CTS-V which weighs less and has 550 HP does 0-60 in 3.9 seconds, I think the 6.4 might be underated and may be closer to 500 - 510 HP. Imagine what a supercharged version will do.

  9. See what happens when Chrysler engineers are actually permitted to do their jobs?

  10. What dodge should really do if work with the best aftermarket tuners whether it's SRT or Billy Boat and come up with a bolt on package with tuning that bumps hp up instead. Instead they are going to bolt on a blower which will suck down gas, raise temperatures up and increase complexity. This isn't a new Dodoge it's the same old dumb one talking about steroids.

  11. Couldn't agree more with you buddy. I have a 2012 Challenger with a 392 and I like the fact that it's naturally aspirated. Would love to get another 50-75 horsepower out of it without voiding the warrenty. Mopar Performance doesn't make the headers and a dyno tune is out of the question. Only option at this point is a Mopar Performance CAI, which Dodge claims will add 10 hp (although that seems high). If Dodge would develop a bolt on/tuning package as you suggest then these cars would be competitive with Camaros and close the gap on Shelbys. I love Mopar but Mopar is so frustrating!

  12. Is this supercharger a sure thing? I heard from the regional sales manager that there won't be any changes to the 392 platform for the challenger in 2013. I'd like to be a little more certain before I purchase anything else.

  13. Well of course he is going to say that, as they're not allowed to say anything publicly until upper admin makes it official...

    We can whisper all day long and listen to Ralph and his crew, but until the head office says, "GO", there " no supercharged version planned...". Thing is, when it releases and you question Mr. RSM, he'll just defer to, "...well, I was just doing my job...".

  14. Yes, it's been announced that the 2013 Challenger will have the option of being supercharged. Horsepower figures are 570 at this time.

  15. 570 isn't very good if you ask me. The 392 will get that with a low 5psi boost. I'd like to see 650, same as the mustang, only with an auto tranny. Forged pistons... 6.2l running at or 8 psi can get this 570. I'd like to run 12psi in the 6.2 That should easily be done with forged internals...and should get you to the 650 mark.

  16. You must be logged in to post your comment.

  17. what about a convertible challenger? did anyon hear anything on that? That is the only thing holding things up for me

  18. my wife whats a convertible for our next vehicle. ive been hopeing that maybe it is in the works for dodge in 2013. all the other american sports cars have a convertible but dodge

  19. Are the chargers still going to get the (570) hp upgrade???

Commenting is closed for old articles.

Take Us With You!


Get FREE Dealer Quotes

From dealers near you

Research New Cars


Related Used Listings

Browse used listings in your area.

© 2015 MotorAuthority. All Rights Reserved. MotorAuthority is published by High Gear Media. Stock photography by izmo, Inc. Send us feedback.