OK, you’re a parts manager at a Chrysler dealership, and you need something to drive back and forth to work. What do you get? That’s simple, if you have your choice, you get anything with an SRT badge on it. Craig Waters was in that very position and got that very badge -- his was attached to a ’12 Challenger.

As impressive as an SRT is direct from the factory, as soon as Craig’s was separated from the trailer and delivered, it was almost immediately loaded on another one and sent to Hennessey Performance for some not-necessarily-needed but gotta-have upgrades. Not that the SRT package needs help, but there were just a few things that Craig wanted to add. By having Hennessey do some work on the heads, add headers and something that forces air into the engine, he effectively added a few ponies to his ride. Now the commute can be completed a little quicker.

Almost complete, the Challenger came back to Firkins Chrysler for some simple body additions and a tune to help performance. The most noticeable of these body mods is the grille from DJ Grilles. Talk about adding a sinister look.

Other than the modifications mentioned, Craig hasn’t felt the need to make any other improvements -- yet -- but we all know how that goes. We’re betting that by the time you guys read this, a few more just might have been made.

Fast Facts
2012 SRT Challenger
Craig Waters - Bradenton, Florida

Mopar Power

Engine: It’s the top-of-the-line 6.4 Hemi from SRT. With the addition of the Hennessey TVS supercharger, Hennessey ported heads and headers, and the exhaust, power is boosted enough for them to claim 650 horsepower. The short-block is stock and has no problem with the upgrades.
Transmission: What’s a muscle car with a row-your-own stick connected to a six-speed protruding through the console.
Rear: The Getrag rear is supported by Mopar Performance suspension parts and features a 3.92 gear.

Sure Grip

Suspension: It’s almost stock SRT, but when you add Mopar Performance springs, the performance is improved.
Brakes: The car is SRT, and they are Brembo binders.
Wheels/Tires: Wheels are by ASA and measure 20x8 and 20x10 inches respectively. The Nitto tires are 245/40 and 315/35 of the 20-inch variety.

High Impact

Paint/Body: It’s new enough that the factory paint is all there, but a few items like the DJ Grille grille cover, GTS taillight covers, and go-style wing are additions that punch up the wow.
Interior: Looks cool, doesn’t it? That’s factory SRT for ya—cool and comfortable.