By Mark Kleis
Monday, Jan 9th, 2012 @ 6:04 am
 
Mopar has unveiled its radical Charger Redline at the 2012 North American International Auto Show. The Charger Redline serves up as much as 590 horsepower thanks to a new 426 HEMI engine.

Although Dodge already offers a high-performance version of the Charger in the SRT8 model, Chrysler's Mopar division decided to get its hands dirty to created the ultimate muscle sedan.

"Since the 1960s, the Mopar Brand has built a long history of adding power and performance to the Dodge Charger - and with the Redline, we Moparized the new Charger with modern-day performance and style while giving a nod to our storied past," said Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar. "With three kits, Mopar offers a tailored choice for every customer."

Stage one
In Stage One flavor, the Charger Redline starts life as a 2012 Dodge Charger R/T, then gains carbon fiber Mopar chin spoiler, special Redline Tri-coat paint, a two-piece grille with a painted-to-match surround with signature black cross-hair insert. The wheels are 20-inchers, finished in Mopar Black Envy paint with polished accents.

Other style changes include carbon fiber door scoops, a three-piece Mopar carbon fiber rear spoiler and a vinyl roof graphic in matte black.

Inside, occupants will enjoy a Mopar aluminum shift bezel and aluminum instrument panel bezel with Redline perimeter accent, as well as Mopar pedal covers.

Stage Two
Take everything found on the Stage One Redline, and then add some bolt-on performance to the mix. For starters, a Mopar cat-back exhaust is added, along with a front-tower cross brace and front tower brace caps for improved structural rigidity.

To continue to the performance improvement theme are high-performance Mopar brake linings.

Stage Three
Not one prone to compromise? Then this is the Redline for you. This beast builds upon the Stage Two with an extra 220 horsepower over the Charger R/T thanks to the new 426 Hemi crate engine that puts out 590 horsepower. This engine is also 100 lbs lighter than the standard 426.

If this sounds just too darn good to be true, that might be because for most buyers it will be. How come? The engine (unfortunately) is only rated for off-road/track use due to a lack of emissions compliance, so don't expect to fetch the family's groceries in this Moparized Dodge.


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