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(from Dodge Press
Release) 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Debuts with Newest
HEMI® V-8Inaugural Edition Model Features Exclusive Content
-- Introduction of
legendary 392-cubic inch HEMI® V-8 for the street, an engine
with a famous name but is a decidedly high-tech, modern
-- Potent 392 HEMI V-8 balances brawn with brains, features an
active intake manifold, variable-cam timing and Fuel Saver
technology (four-cylinder mode) on automatic
-- Significant horsepower and torque gains are just part of the
muscle coupe’s balanced performance story as a redesigned
suspension tuning delivers new driving manners
-- 1,492 Inaugural Edition models will be built with exclusive
interior and exterior appointments
November 2, 2010 ,
Auburn Hills, Mich. - For 2011, the Dodge brand’s ultimate modern
American muscle coupe receives a big boost in power and performance.
And the product story goes beyond the impressive horsepower and
torque lurking under the hood.
The new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 builds on its original mantra of a
rear-wheel-drive coupe that promises a balanced approach between
form and function, with impressive straight-line acceleration and
world-class ride and handling to go along with high-performance
braking and the latest technology that delivers improved fuel
The result is the newest version of the quickest coupe in the Dodge
lineup packed with modern amenities and features performance
enthusiasts will love.
“We listened to our devoted, loyal Dodge customers, and this new
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 answers their call for more power off the
line,” said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler
Group LLC. “We consciously tuned the 392 for a lot more torque, as
that is what truly creates the thrust that sets you back in the seat
and keeps you there! We can’t wait to see our customers’ reactions
when they get behind the wheel and put their foot on the throttle –
it is so responsive and a blast to drive.”
New 392 HEMI® V-8 Offers Wide
The return of the
legendary 392-cubic inch HEMI® powertrain back to the street in the
Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 provides another step in showcasing the
evolution of the performance brand.
Pumping out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, the newest
HEMI engine in the SRT product lineup provides an additional 90
lb.-ft. of torque at 2,900 rpm versus the previous 6.1-liter V-8
engine. The added torque allows for inspired standing starts and
improved straight-line performance while new, performance-tuned
motor mounts improve idle stability and ride control at any speed.
An active intake manifold and high-lift camshaft with cam phasing
provides maximum low-end torque while optimizing high-end power.
The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is available with either the
standard five-speed automatic transmission with Auto Stick or an
available Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission that was
first offered on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10®. An improved heavy-duty
clutch provides easier shift engagement.
Like the original 392 HEMI, the performance on the street and at the
track is sure to turn heads with numbers such as 0-60 mph in high
4-second range and quarter-mile elapsed time in the high 12s.
New for 2011 is the Fuel Saver technology in automatic transmission
equipped models, which allows the engine to operate economically on
four cylinders or use all eight cylinders when needed.
Under the hood, unique valve covers with painted silver ribs and the
“392 HEMI” logo give the HEMI powerplant a clean, yet aggressive
A redesigned SRT-tuned exhaust system results in a deeper, throatier
note that will surely create envious onlookers both during daily
commutes and at the race track.
Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural
Edition Offers Exclusivity
To kick off production
of the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, 1,492 Inaugural Edition
models (1,100 for the U.S. and 392 for Canada) will be produced
featuring exclusive exterior and interior content.
On the exterior, two colors and new full-body stripe combinations
are available on all Inaugural Edition models: Deep Water Blue with
standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with
standard Viper Blue stripes. For the first time, the front grille
features a body-color grille surround.
Unique “392 HEMI” badges flank both fenders touting the historically
significant V-8 engine that remains true to its high-performance
roots and powers the highest rated Challenger in terms of horsepower
and torque ratings. From the rear, the Mopar® quad exhaust tips
deliver the performance exhaust note while adding the styling cue of
a serious muscle car.
The Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition rides on standard 20-inch
SRT exclusive wheels that feature a polished face and satin black
The race-inspired interior of the Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural
Edition begins with standard Smooth Pearl White leather-trimmed
seats and dual blue stripes accented by unique blue stitching. Each
of the front seats features an embroidered “392” just below the
The center instrument panel, center stack and console bezels feature
a silver metal brush finish for a clean yet high-performance look
and feel. The door trim panels also feature silver metal brush grab
handles inside Pearl White door bolsters with unique blue accents.
An exclusive, serialized “Inaugural Edition 392 HEMI” dash plaque,
showing the sequential build number from 1 to 1,492 rounds out the
exclusive interior content.
Ultimate Modern American Muscle
The exterior styling of
the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 remains unmistakably Dodge, with
proportions that evoke a bold, instantly recognizable vehicle that
has a wide, stable stance on the road.
A larger front splitter and integrated front fender spats improve
overall high-speed aerodynamics and overall balance. Top speed has
been increased to more than 180 mph with the manual transmission
(173 mph in the automatic). A newly modified front fascia chin
spoiler improves aerodynamics and is accent painted for a more
aggressive look. The rear deck-lid spoiler also is completed in
matching body color.
New Interior Styling Will Delight
The precise performance
handling of the Challenger SRT8 392 comes to life through a new,
right-sized, three-spoke steering wheel that features a carbon fiber
accented leather wrap and silver metallic painted spokes at the 3-,
6- and 9 o’clock positions.
The trapezoidal instrument panel features a four-bomb gauge cluster
with chromed accent rings and unique, new for 2011 SRT graphics.
Inside the cluster, the SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information
Center (EVIC) with performance pages provides the driver with trip
information, multimedia information from the Media Center radio,
along with instant feedback on 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking,
G-forces, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times.
Power lumbar-equipped front seats are standard on all Challenger
SRT8 392 models. It’s also much easier to get in and out of the rear
seat. The driver’s seat now features seatback tilt with memory and
an easy to reach release handle, while the front-passenger seat adds
tilt and slide with memory, which makes it even easier to use.
Maximum Performance Handling For
Road And Track
New, highly damped
shocks offer a firm ride that maintains the feel for everyday
commuting while being fully capable for the more challenging
situations. SRT engineers recalibrated the suspension geometry to
improve Challenger’s balance, cornering ability and steering
responsiveness. Quicker steering ratios and new negative camber
settings all around dramatically improve Challenger’s appetite for
The performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system also has
been improved with a new, heavy-duty pump and revised gearing to
give drivers more direct feel and on-center response.
The result: the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 is capable of .93g on the
skid pad – the most of any production Challenger and on par with
some of the world’s best-handling performance coupes.
392’s Storied History
The original 392 HEMI
engine was introduced in the new 1957 model year Chrysler and
Imperial products. It replaced the 354 cubic-inch version of the
original HEMI launched in 1951.Compared with the 354 engine, the 392
was completely revised and improved, with larger valves and ports, a
beefier block and crankshaft and improved bearings. In short, the
392 HEMI, often affectionately referred to simply as the “92,” was
perfect for drag racing.
More than a few racers at that time immediately enhanced the
performance of the newest HEMI by bolting on six or eight
carburetors, installing new camshafts, etc., and went racing.
Racing legend Don ‘Big Daddy” Garlits ran a 392 in his infamous
Swamp Rat I dragster at record speeds of faster than 180 mph on
nitro with no supercharger. Garlits also used a 392 HEMI to
officially break the 200-mph barrier when his Swamp Rat went 201.34
mph at Atco, N.J., in 1964.
But the 392’s success went beyond the drag strip. It also set
records at the Bonneville Salt Flats and in boat racing. Drag racing
boats were no different than their land-based counterparts in the
use of the 392. Famous HEMI engine builder Keith Black was better
known on the water than on the land, until he teamed up with Tommy
Greer and hired Don “The Snake” Prudhomme to dominate Top Fuel in
California in the early 1960s using a 392 HEMI.
After 1958, the 392 HEMI was gone as a production engine, but it
still remains a legend. Collectors are now preserving many historic
392-powered race cars and hot rods and proudly displaying them on
show car circuits.
In 2007, Mopar – Chrysler Group LLC’s service, parts and
customer-care brand – helped celebrate the 50th anniversary of the
original 392 by launching a modern, crate engine version of the 392