Chrysler’s Mopar brand has long shown customized concept cars at SEMA and on the national auto show circuit, but few were ever actually offered as a complete package to the general public. That’s no longer the case: thanks to allegedly strong public interest in both the Dodge Charger Redline and Chrysler 200 Super S concepts, both packages will be sold as special-edition vehicles for the 2012 model year.
Dodge Charger Redline
Based off the V-8-powered Charger R/T, the Redline doesn’t just borrow its name from a 2010 SEMA concept car; it also cops several notable design cues. The base Stage One package adds a number of cosmetic dress-up items, including a carbon fiber front splitter, a three-piece carbon fiber decklid spoiler, a black vinyl roof graphic (not pictured), a two-piece grille insert that blends a body-colored surround with a black crosshair insert, and faux door scoops inspired by those used on the 1970 Charger R/T. 20-inch, five-spoke aluminum wheels are similar to those found on the Mopar ’11 Charger special edition, but use polished accents to brighten the black-painted wheel. Inside, the package adds an aluminum instrument panel bezel with a red accent, a matching aluminum shifter bezel, and stainless steel pedals.
Stepping up to the Stage 2 kit ushers in a few mechanical upgrades, including a cat-back exhaust system, a front strut tower cross brace, and high-performance brake pads. Mopar promises the cat-back system delivers an increase in horsepower, but doesn’t provide any figures. We wouldn’t be surprised if, like the Mopar ’11 Charger, the system delivers only a slight increase over the stock 370-hp output.
However, we are surprised to see what Mopar has in store for a Stage Three kit. Taking a page from the 300S 426 concept shown at the 2011 Los Angeles show, the Stage 3 option replaces the 5.7-liter V-8 with Mopar’s aluminum-block 426-cubic-inch Hemi crate motor. Officials tell us the engine will be offered in two guises: a 540-hp form, or a wilder “high-output”guise that offers a whopping 590 hp. Both engines utilize forged steel crankshafts and piston rods, 11:1 compression pistons, and a revised windage tray. The downside? Both engines aren’t street legal, and are intended for off-road and race use only. Whether buyers are willing to sacrifice both additional cash and the usability of a daily driver simply for an extra 220 hp remains to be seen.
Chrysler 200 Super S
After showing a tricked-out 200 – dubbed the Super S – at last year’s Detroit show, Mopar’s following up with a production-ready package, available only for the 2012 200 S sedan.
As is the case with the Charger Redline, the entry-level Stage One kit addresses only aesthetics. Building off the semi-sinister look of the stock 200 S, the Super S retains the darkened headlamp surrounds, but replaces the black-painted grille for a recessed mesh insert with a floating Chrysler logo. Front and rear fascias remain unchanged, although a large chin spoiler, flared side sills, and a matte black rear diffuser help the Super S stand out from stock sedans. The package also replaces exterior chrome accents with a satin chrome finish; adds a rear decklid spoiler; and throws in 10-spoke, 18-inch wheels painted either black or gray.
Given its 200 S roots, the Super S is powered only by Chrysler’s 283-hp, 3.6-liter V-6, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Mechanical upgrades, offered by way of a Stage 2 package, include a lowered coil-over suspension, a cold-air intake, and a cat-back exhaust.
Pricing for each model has yet to be established, but the Charger Redline and 200 Super S packages should be available through Mopar later in 2012. Stay with Automobile Magazine for all the latest news surrounding the 2012 North American Auto Show in Detroit.