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(from Dodge Press
Release) New High-tech Features Boost 2012 Dodge Challenger
SRT8® 392’s Overall Performance
• Proven 392-cubic
inch (6.4-liter) HEMI® V-8 engine offers 470 horsepower and 470
lb.-ft. of torque across a wide rpm range while delivering up to
23 miles per gallon
• New two-mode adaptive damping suspension system offers
selectable suspension tuning and automatically adapts to road
and driver inputs for optimal vehicle control
• New, exclusive SRT® heated steering wheel features mounted
paddle shifters for hands on the wheel shifting both on road and
at the race track
• New 18-speaker Harman Kardon® audio system, with innovative
GreenEdge® technology is available with 900 watts of power
• Newly formed SRT brand led by President and CEO Ralph Gilles
will continue to build benchmark high-performance vehicles for
the Chrysler Group
July 15, 2011 , Auburn
Hills, Mich. - For 2012, the Dodge Challenger SRT8® 392 adds even
more high-tech performance features to solidify its place as the
brand’s ultimate modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. This
470 horsepower machine promises a balanced performance approach with
outstanding straight-line acceleration, world-class ride and
handling, high-performance braking and the most up-to-date
technologies that deliver more driver excitement and control. And it
still gets up to 23 miles per gallon on the highway.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 accelerates from 0-60 mph in the
high 4-second range; runs the quarter mile in mid-12-second range
with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the
manual); goes from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reaches a top speed
of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic)
and stops from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.
The 392-cubic inch
(6.4-liter) HEMI® V-8 delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 (637
N•m) lb.-ft. of torque. The torque band is extremely flat allowing
for strong standing starts and improved straight-line performance
throughout the rpm range. An advanced active intake manifold along
with high-lift cam with phasing provides maximum low-end torque and
high-end power while still delivering up to 23 miles per gallon on
the highway with the standard manual transmission. Performance-tuned
engine mounts improve idle stability and ride control at all speeds.
Standard Fuel Saver Technology (four cylinder mode) in automatic
transmission equipped models allows the engine to operate
economically on four cylinders or use the power of all eight
cylinders when needed. The EPA fuel economy miles per gallon (mpg)
(City/Hwy) ratings for the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 are 14/22
for automatic transmission models and 14/23 for manual-transmission
A look under the hood reveals unique valve covers with painted
silver ribs and the “392 HEMI” logo, which gives the engine a
unique, clean and aggressive look.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a standard Tremec
TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and a dual-disc high
performance clutch – a proven performer that was first offered on
the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10®.
The optional five-speed automatic transmission features new,
standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters that join the center
console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited
shifting on both the road and the race track. Both methods give the
driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the
In “Drive,” the transmission controller will automatically shift the
vehicle. The aggressiveness of the shifting is defined by the mode
chosen - either “Normal” or “Sport.” Fully adaptive electronic
control of all shifting makes the powertrain more responsive while
In “Manual,” the shift method is defined by the driver choosing to
use either paddle shift or Auto Stick. The “Sport” mode adds a hold
function to the calibration in all gears, allowing the driver full
control of the shifting schedule.
Outstanding ride, handling and
The adaptive damping
suspension (ADS) system is new for 2012 and tuned specifically for
the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.
In “Auto” mode, a wide range of on-road and driver inputs – such as
vehicle speed, steering angle, steering speed, brake torque,
throttle position and lateral/vertical accelerations – automatically
tune the suspension for specific conditions. In “Sport” mode, the
damping system rebound and compression is locked to the higher
damping rate. Drivers can easily choose between settings to quickly
change the shock damping and harshness characteristics from “Auto”
for everyday commuting to “Sport” for more spirited driving
The ADS system on the Challenger SRT8 392 features the fastest
turn-in and most nimble handling characteristics of any SRT product.
In the “Sport” setting, the system provides the highest damping
rates allowing the driver to push the handling envelope like never
The performance SRT-tuned, fully-hydraulic steering system features
a heavy-duty pump combined with a damped steering gear to give
drivers more direct response and on-center feel.
Sitting a half-inch lower than non-SRT models, the 2012 Challenger
SRT8 392 rides on either the standard five-spoke, 20 x 9-inch fully
forged aluminum wheels or available seven-spoke, 20 x 9-inch
lightweight forged aluminum wheels with satin black painted pockets.
Standard Goodyear RSA All-Season tires or available Goodyear F1
Supercar Three-Season complement the performance design cues and
deliver serious gripping performance and handling.
The handling result is .90g capability on the skid pad – the most of
any production Challenger and on par with some of the world’s
best-handling performance coupes.
The standard SRT
performance brake package produces world-class stopping power of 60
to 0 mph in just 117 feet from 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch
(rear) vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo fixed calipers
painted red. The three-mode electronic stability control system with
knockback mitigation also includes four-wheel ABS, all-speed
traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist
and Hill-start Assist (HSA).
The Ready Alert Braking system anticipates when the driver quickly
releases the accelerator pedal and may initiate an emergency brake
stop, after which the electronic stability control pump engages to
set brake pads against rotors in order to decrease the time required
for full brake application.
Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes courtesy of
wind-tunnel designed brake cooling ducts that direct airflow to the
vented rotors for consistent stopping power.
Aggressive and functional exterior
Exterior styling of the
2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 remains unmistakably Dodge, with
proportions that continue to evoke a bold, instantly recognizable
performance coupe that has a wide, stable stance on the road.
The large front splitter and integrated front fender spats and body
color rear decklid spoiler provide stable high-speed aerodynamics
and overall balance while the front fascia chin spoiler also
improves aerodynamics and is accented in black for a more aggressive
look. The front grille features a bright grille surround.
For 2012, available exterior colors include: Bright Silver, Bright
White, Header Orange, Pitch Black, Redline Red and Tungsten
Metallic. Dual, full-body stripes are available in black, grey
metallic, red and silver metallic.
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 4-inch rectangular exhaust
tips deliver the 392’s performance exhaust note while adding the
styling cue of a serious muscle car.
Race-inspired and high-performance
interior begins with a new, leather wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive
steering wheel that features a unique satin chrome rim section with
a flattened bottom surface that showcases the SRT logo. The optional
automatic transmission includes paddle shift controls on both sides
of the new contoured palm rests. All audio and Electronic Vehicle
Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the
horizontal spokes on the steering wheel.
The trapezoidal instrument panel features a four-bomb gauge cluster
with chromed accent rings and unique 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. The driver’s seat
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 for passengers to get in and out
of the back seat.
Interior color combinations include Dark Slate Gray, and new for
2012 Radar Red/Dark Slate Gray, which adds color to the seats, door
bolsters and rear seat armrest.
Safety and security
The 2012 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 392 features more than 35 advanced safety and
security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and
three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive
Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to
improve overall vehicle handling and performance.
In addition, standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard
full-length side-curtain air bags, driver’s knee bag and standard
front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant
protection to passengers in the event of a collision.
Connectivity and Infotainment
For maximum convenience
and to keep passengers connected, a wide array of connectivity,
infotainment and mobile multimedia options are available on the 2012
Dodge Challenger SRT8.
The innovative Uconnect® Media Center 430, 430N and 730N radios
integrate a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, with a hard drive where
more than 150 hours of music and photos can be stored. Uconnect
Media Center radios also offer two navigation options, including:
segment-leading Garmin® Navigation guidance and mapping (Uconnect
Media Center 430N), or premium GPS Navigation with SIRIUS Traffic (Uconnect
Media Center 730N). Both navigation solutions feature SIRIUS Travel
Link, providing real-time weather, fuel prices and more while on the
New for 2012, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an available
900-watt, 18-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound
system from Harman Kardon. The system offers world premier
innovation, featuring a 32-volt TPS (Tracking Power Supply)
12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding acoustics and
brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior occupants.
The new system uses GreenEdge® speaker and amplifier technology to
offer superior sound quality and high Sound Pressure Level outputs
with minimum energy consumption. GreenEdge amplifiers alone
outperform traditional amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent,
representing a net efficiency of more than 90 percent in some cases.
The speakers are tuned for maximum efficiency and perfectly matched
to the amplifier output.
The system’s 18 GreenEdge high-efficiency speakers include:
• Seven 3.5-inch
Unity coaxial mid-range speakers with seven integrated tweeters
located in the front dash, rear doors and rear deck
• Two 6 x 9-inch subwoofers located in the front doors
• Two 10-inch subwoofers in a trunk mounted enclosure
The 2012 Dodge
Challenger SRT8 392 will be built at the Brampton Assembly plant in
Brampton, Ontario, Canada.
SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler
Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional driving
instruction from the Richard Petty Driving Experience as part of the
SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize their driving knowledge
and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held throughout the
year at selected tracks.
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
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