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Dodge has just officially revealed its new Challenger SRT8 392 model for 2011, boasting a 392 cubic inch engine (that’s 6.4-liters) with 470-hp and 470 ft-lbs of torque. In total, that’s an increase of 90 ft-lbs of torque over last year’s 6.1L model.
“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.”
Dodge claims a 0-60 mph time in the high 4-second range, with a 1/4 mile time in the high 12s. Oh, and we should mention the top speed of the new model is now an incredible 180-mph with the manual transmission – thanks in part to a new front fascia and lip spoiler.
A 6-speed manual transmission comes as standard with an improved clutch for 2011, while the five-speed automatic models get a new Fuel Saver technology that lets the engine operate on just 4-cylinders under certain conditions.
Also new for 2011 is a modified exhaust system with an even deeper note, while the engine gets special “392 HEMI” logos on the valve covers.
Other upgrades include a redesigned interior with a new three-spoke steering wheel, new seats with power lumbar and a driver’s seat tilt with memory and an easy-to-reach handle to make getting in the back seat easier.
Handling has also been improved with a new suspension setup and new hydraulic steering system designed to deliver quicker steering and much-improved high-speed cornering, all while retaining a comfortable ride. As a result, the 2011 Challenger SRT8 is capable of .93 Gs on the skid pad.
With the launch of the new 392, Dodge will celebrate the return of the iconic badge with 1,492 special Inaugural Edition models (1,100 for the U.S. and 392 for Canada) with custom interior and exterior items including Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes. Plus, for the first time, the front grille will get a body-color grille surround. Special Edition models will also get “392 HEMI” badges on the fenders, Mopar quad exhaust tips and 20-inch SRT wheels. Inside the cockpit gets Smooth Pearl White leather-trimmed seats and dual blue stripes accented by unique blue stitching, with an embroidered “392” on the front headrests. A special “Inaugural Edition 392 HEMI” plaque showing the number of the car will also be positioned prominently on the dash.
GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
GALLERY: 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 at SEMA
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