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The Charger Redline is a rolling example of what three new Mopar “Stage” upgrade kits can do to upgrade the Charger R/T; it debuts at the Detroit auto show next week.

Stage One provides aerodynamic exterior components and interior accents — full-width carbon fiber chin spoiler to the Charger’s aggressive front fascia, 20-inch Black Envy wheels, carbon fiber door scoops, a three-piece carbon fiber rear spoiler (pictured, right) and a roof graphic in matte black.

Stage Two features bolt-on performance parts for improved power, handling and braking (a cat-back performance exhaust, a front-tower cross-brace and tower brace caps, along with high-performance Mopar brake linings) with Stage Three adding big muscle with a new high-output version of the powerful aluminum-block Gen III 426 HEMI® V-8 crate engine that will deliver 590 horsepower.

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.

In addition to delivering 590 horsepower – 220 more than the standard V8 Charger – the engine weighs 100 pounds less than the standard cast-iron crate version.

Stay tuned, as next week we’ll be bringing you more photos of the 200 Super S, along with the Dodge Charger Redline, the all-new Dodge Dart compact, and all the other exciting debuts, live from 2012 Detroit Auto Show