Dodge brand with the announcement at the 2011 Chicago Auto Show that the Dodge Charger SRT8 will return for the 2012 model year. The new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 builds on the iconic four-door fastback coupe design of the all-new Charger and adds a much larger power band across the rpm range, along with intelligent performance attributes and safety and will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada and will be in dealer showrooms in late 2011.
The new 2012 Dodge Charger SRT8 comes with adaptive damping suspension, which can adapt to specific conditions by monitoring the vehicle speed, steering angle and speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral acceleration. The refined, fully hydraulic steering system and oversized 4-pot caliper Brembo brakes round up the technical tour de force.
The exterior, there exclusive front and rear fascias, complemented by a new rear spoiler, “racetrack” LED tail lamp and split five-spoke, 20-inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels.
While the interior there SRT-exclusive steering wheel with a flattened bottom, carbon and aluminum trim pieces, plus sport seats set this car apart from the standard Charger.
As with every SRT model, the highlight of the performance orientated version of the Charger is the new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 powerplant producing 465HP and 465 lb-ft (631 Nm) of torque. According to Dodge, the new engine is not only more powerful than the 6.1-liter HEMI unit it replaces, but also more frugal thanks the standard Fuel Saver technology, which cuts off four-cylinders in certain situations in order to improve fuel economy.
The HEMI is coupled to a 5-speed automatic transmission that can also be operated via paddle-shifters a first for any SRT model.
For this year’s edition of the Geneva Salon Show, the Nissan has prepared an impressive sports coupe concept named the ESFLOW. The Japanese automaker claims it has “captured the excitement of a sports car and the environmental benefits of an electric vehicle and blended them into one dramatic two-seater concept”.
It has most of the right ingredients to satisfy purists, including a rear-wheel drive layout, the electric motors produce enough torque in an instant for the car to reach 100km/h (62 mph) in under 5 seconds, two seats and an aggressive design, but there’s a catch it runs purely on electricity.
2011 Nissan Esflow Concept created from the ground up as a pure electric vehicle using technology introduced in the Leaf EV. The concept model runs on two electric motors with an unspecified output that are placed above the axis of the front and rear wheel. The batteries are said to offer a driving range of over 240 kilometers or 149 miles on a single charge. These motors independently control the left and right wheels, with Nissan claiming that the torque is optimized to ensure vehicle stability and control as well as efficient power regeneration.
The car concept features a composite body that covers an aluminium chassis which incorporates its own roll cage. While in interior Nissan said the cabin is “clean and open” with weight saving measures being a priority throughout its design.