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2011-2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8: 392 Hemi, Core and Inaugural Edition

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See what's new on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT!For 2013, Dodge Challenger SRT8 gets three-mode (rather than two-mode) adaptive damping for its suspension - Auto, Sport, and Track; and Launch Control (on both automatic and manual cars; details are further down this page) increases straight-line acceleration. In "Track" mode, higher damping rates combine with a performance shifting and gear holding feature that allows the driver full shift control when using the steering wheel mounted paddle controls or AutoStick. The ADS system on the Challenger SRT8 392 features the fastest turn-in and most nimble handling characteristics of any SRT product (presumably excluding Viper).

The 2013 Challenger SRT8 "Core" had a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, black 392 decal on the front fenders, 20-inch wheels with black pockets, and black Brembo brake calipers; new colors were HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat (Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl and Redline Tri-coat Pearl were reserved for non-Core cars).

As with the normal Challenger SRT8, the Core has either a manual or automatic. The base price was US$39,990 including destination.

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The 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was given a big boost in horsepower and torque with its new 392-cubic inch Hemi V8, packing 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque - 90 lb.-ft. more torque at 2,900 rpm compared with the previous 6.1-liter V-8 engine.

Chrysler claims 0-60 times in the "high 4-second range" and quarter mile times "in the high 12s." (Some variants of the Challenger SRT8, such as Yellow Jacket, are in our "special Challengers page.") Fuel economy was rated at 14 city, 23 highway, regardless of transmission.

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Launch Control: When the vehicle is at a complete stop, the driver presses ESC twice, then (on manuals) depresses the clutch and quickly applies full throttle (for automatics, the driver pushes down on the brake with one foot, and applies full throttle briefly with the other). Launch control holds the engine at the desired speed and waits for the driver to release the clutch or brake. Through the EVIC screen, the manual-transmission driver can adjust the launch rpm from 2500-4500 in 250 rpm increments, while automatics are kept to 1,825 rpm. Launch Control then uses engine torque management to achieve controlled wheelslip for maximum acceleration up to 62 mph (100 kph).

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The original 392 Hemi engine arrived in the 1957 model year, replacing the 354 Hemi in Chryslers and Imperials. It was quickly adopted by drag racers, and was used in historical speed runs on land and water.

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 also brings world-class ride and handling with high-performance braking and the latest technology that delivers improved fuel efficiency.

New, highly damped shocks have a firm ride that maintains the feel for everyday commuting, while recalibrated suspension geometry improves Challenger's balance, corning ability and steering responsiveness. Quicker steering ratios and new negative camber settings all around dramatically improve Challengers appetite for cornering.

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.

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The result: the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 is now more nimble and playfully "tossable" while still capable of an incredible .93g of lateral acceleration on the skid pad - the most of any production Challenger.

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Inside, a new three-spoke steering wheel has a carbon fiber-accented leather wrap and silver metallic painted spokes; a four gauge cluster has chromed accent rings and new, unique SRT graphics, with the performance-adapted EVIC featuring the usual radio and trip information along with 0-60 time, 60-0 braking time, G-force, eighth-mile, and quarter-mile times. Power lumbar front seats are standard; and now, rear seat access is eased by "seatback tilt with memory" and a more easily reached release handle. The front passenger seat has tilt and slide with memory.

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The 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 started at $44,077, but carries a $1,300 gas-guzzler tax on the automatic, and a $1,000 tax on the manual.

Dodge Challenger 392 Inaugural Edition

To kick off 2011-model year production, Dodge will build 1,492 Inaugural Edition cars (392 to be sold in Canada), all with unique customizations of the Dodge Challenger SRT8.

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Two colors and new full-body stripe combinations include Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes. All Inaugural Edition models will ride on 20-inch SRT-exclusive wheels with a polished face and satin black painted pockets.

Unique "392 HEMI" badges flank both fenders touting the historically significant V-8 engine; it also comes with a 392 key fob. Mopar quad exhaust tips deliver the performance exhaust note while adding a serious muscle car styling cue.

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A larger front splitter and integrated front fender spats give this Challenger SRT8 392 better overall high-speed aerodynamics and balance.

A newly modified front fascia chin spoiler improves aerodynamics and is accent painted for a more aggressive look. The rear decklid spoiler also is completed in matching body color, and the Mopar logo is etched onto the rear quarter window.
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The race-inspired interior of the Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition features 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 headrest. 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.

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The special Challengers will be offered in two color packages: white with dual, full-length blue body stripes or blue with white stripes. Other exterior special features include: 392 HEMI fender badge, Mopar decal, body color accent grille, quad exhaust tips and forged SRT aluminum wheels with painted pockets.

To learn more about the new engine that was actually born over fifty years ago, visit Allpar's New Dodge Hemi V8 Engine page.

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The introduction date is November 29, 2010.

Thanks to Josh West for the tip!

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