• Oct 25, 2010

2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Chrysler made waves earlier today when it announced the company would have an armada of 35 vehicles on display at this year's SEMA show, but the star of the shindig is likely to be the new 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

While no one has ever accused the Challenger SRT8 of being light on grunt, Chrysler engineers have taken things up a notch or two with a new 6.4-liter V8 that produces 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, all while delivering 15-20 percent better fuel economy than the outgoing 6.1-liter V8 in the 2010 Challenger SRT8. The big V8 uses variable valve timing and cylinder deactivation to help keep consumption low.

The Challenger SRT8 392 also employs a reworked suspension with even firmer shocks, a quicker steering ratio and more negative camber than before, all of which are supposed to help the hefty muscle bruiser tackle the corners with a little more finesse.

Up front, there's a unique chin spoiler that helps channel air to the vehicle's radiator and provide additional downforce at higher speeds. It also just looks pretty dang sharp.

Chrysler says it will build just 1,492 inaugural editions of the Challenger SRT8 392, and that the cars will be available to buy right after Thanksgiving. Hit the jump for the full model-specific press release.

[Source: Chrysler]

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Launching Off the Line: Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Delivers New Levels of Performance With Loads More Torque, Horsepower and Maximum Handling

October 25, 2010 , Auburn Hills, Mich. –

Dodge's ultimate modern American muscle coupe, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, receives a big boost in horsepower and torque with the introduction of the legendary 392-cubic inch HEMI V8 powertrain for the street.

And the product story goes beyond the power rumbling under the hood.

Dodge performance loyalists asked for more power off the line, and the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 answers the call with 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. That's 90 lb.-ft. more torque at 2,900 rpm compared with the previous 6.1-liter V-8 engine.

Building on its original mantra of a rear-drive coupe that delivers balance between form and function, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 also brings world-class ride and handling along with high-performance braking and the latest technology that delivers improved fuel efficiency.

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, 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.

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.
To kick off 2011-model year production, Dodge will build 1,492 Inaugural Edition models of the Challenger SRT8 392, all with exclusive content.

On the outside, Dodge is offering unique customization for those first 1,492 owners. 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 standard 20-inch SRT-exclusive wheels that feature a polished face and satin black painted pockets.

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

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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      • 4 Years Ago
      sign. me. up.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I have a 300C SRT8 and I'm waiting to see what chrysler does on the 2011. I don't think it will have the same effect on the streets as the first 300C but hopefully it will.

        My biggest problem with my SRT8 is fuel economy. No cylinder deactivation means I get roughly 10 MPG city on $3.26 Super Premium Unleaded 93 octane. The 5.7 HEMI-C i used to drive got roughly 14/15MPG City.

        A 15% - 20% fuel gain sounds promising but Chrysler really could have made a splash if they forced the engine to deactivate most cylinder by allowing the driver to switch between RACING MODE and CASUAL MODE using a button like the "M" button in the BMW's.
        • 4 Years Ago

        Efficient, not stone-aged powertrain FTW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        It is indeed very awesome, but to be honest I wish they would revive the Grand Cherokee SRT8 with this 392 in it, I would like that even more due to the awd and all weather viability (it snows in the northeast).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Not That Matt

        Its still a stone aged technology engine, just with a few modern twists, and honestly thats how a V8 should be.
      • 4 Years Ago
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not a big fan of the new Challenger, but this is awesome!
        • 4 Years Ago
        compare the sho against 300c awd. i think the fuel economy is only 2mpg difference, while making similar power. also, it seems that the ecoboost fuel efficiency goes out the window when driven hard or towing.

        weight also is not that different 449lbs(v6 ecoboost) vs 485lbs(5.7 hemi). turbos and DI add some decent weight.

        it will be interesting to see what happens when some of fiat's valve and fuel injection technology start making it into production.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like to ole rule applies: There's no replacement for displacement!!!

        As Dodge goes bigger up to 6.4L and most likely heavier too... others are downsizing there engine line with better technology, power and performance like EcoBoost engines from Ford.

        I'm sure Dodge with sell hundreds of these pigs... while Ford sell Hundreds of Thousands of EcoBoost equiped vehicles from the F150, Focus ST, SHO and more high profit vehicles... just a far smarter longer-lasting strategy than Dodge wasting our tax-payer $$$.

        Note: Ford (F) earnings coming out Tuesday, est. $0.38 per share... expect another blow-out performance from Ford, the world's most profitable full-line auto company!
      • 4 Years Ago
      That is HOT and I don't care how much she weights! lol
      • 4 Years Ago

      The Challenger's size is also evident when you get behind the wheel; you get the feeling you're taking up the entire width of whatever lane you're in. The hood stretches way out in front of you, and it initially takes a little faith when nosing into tight spots, as the corners of the hood look closer to barriers than they really are.
      Dodge Demon
      • 4 Years Ago
      Chrysler is junk. Cheap materials, shoddy labor. Buyer beware.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Sure, the Challenger SRT8 is a pig, but it's a pig with lipstick on it.

      The Mustang may be faster and handle better, but I'm not necessarily looking for a sports car handling in a pony car.
      • 4 Years Ago
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      • 3 Years Ago
      This car should be phenominal. Because of its size, it really needs the extra horses to be competitive. Also, another great resource for anything related to the Challenger is: http://www.challengerenthusiast.net. Tons of info, video and pics.
      • 4 Years Ago
      how much more can they increase the displacement of this engine? wasn't this initially the 5.7 that was increased to 6.1, now 6.4? christ thats alot of engineering!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Interesting. i had no idea; i don't follow dodge products that closely but thanks for the info!
        • 4 Years Ago
        Considering there are 426 (7.0L) stroker kits available, there is lots of room. Really it's more impressive than the old LAs which started at 273, then went to 318, 340 and 360 in stock form, and can be stoked out to similar 408-420 displacement depending on overbore. Or you can get really stupid and order a Mopar R3 racing block with a tall deck, which allows for a super-stroke to 476 cubes.

        I would like to see what the 6.1L could do with the technology advancements of the 6.4 (not sure why the 6.1 never had MDS). Really though, the 6.1 is an excellent performer with lots of bottom end, actually not "bad" on mileage when its driven conservatively (like anyone does THAT).
        • 4 Years Ago
        The 5.7L and the 6.1L are different blocks. The new 6.4L is more similar to the 5.7L so it can run down the same assembly line, but they are still seperate animals.

        The 3rd gen Hemi is being punched out to 7.0L (426ci) and 7.2L (440ci) in the aftermarket all the time using the 6.1L block as a base.

      • 4 Years Ago
      If the Challenger were priced to match its quality and speed deficiencies compared to the Mustang and Camaro, I'd be a fan. They're still asking like $40k for the 6.1L SRT8, which gets embarrassed by the $32k GT.

      Hopefully there's a burlier RT on the heels of this SRT.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Has Chrystler bothered to fix the hundreds of stalling, dieing v8 cars they have been making NO. ANYONE BUYING ONE OF THESE IS NUTS to spend $40,000 to $55,000 when Chrystler is not even trying to fix. LOOK at Challenger talk there are around 40 of these cars been Back to dealer last two years and unable to fix. The car lots are full of thiese SRT, 300c, Chargers people are dumping them afraid they will be killed when these car's stall unable to start some times for ten minutes. Personally mine stalled infront of a Semi, came with in two feet of DIEING. After six months of taking to dealer and calling Chrystler i gave up traded off loosing thousands.
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