2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 HEMI
The 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 aims to offer more focused power along with even more aggressive, retro-muscular design and styling.
The 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI® V-8 delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) 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 delivering 23 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard manual transmission or available automatic transmission.
Under the hood, unique valve covers with painted silver ribs and the “392 HEMI” logo add to the vehicle’s pronounced aggressiveness.
The 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and a dual-disc high performance clutch (which was first offered on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10®).
New for 2013 is an improved adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system that is expanded to three modes and tuned specifically for the Dodge Challenger SRT8 to provide an everyday performance ride or a much firmer race track capable damping for more challenging driving situations.
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” or “Track” settings, the system provides the highest damping rates.
A new for 2013, standard launch control system on both manual transmission and automatic transmission equipped models helps maximize straight-line acceleration. The SRT8 accelerates from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; it 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.
Sitting a half-inch lower than non-SRT models, the 2013 Challenger SRT8 392 rides on either the standard five-spoke, 20 x 9-inch lightweight forged aluminum wheels with satin black painted pockets or the new for 2013 available, split five-spoke, 20 x 9 inch lightweight forged and polished aluminum wheels with the SRT-exclusive Black Vapor Chrome finish.
The handling result is .90g capability on the skid pad – the most of any production Challenger.
The standard SRT performance brake package produces stopping power of 60 to 0 mph in 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 anti-lock brake system (ABS), all-speed traction control, electronic brake-force distribution, Brake Assist and Hill-start Assist.
Improved brake cooling and fade performance comes as a result of wind tunnel designed brake cooling ducts that direct airflow to the vented rotors for consistent stopping power.
The exterior styling of the 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 remains instantly recognizable. The large front splitter and integrated front fender spats and body color rear deck-lid spoiler provide better 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 2013, available exterior colors include: Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pitch Black, Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl, Redline Tri-coat Pearl and TorRed Clear Coat.
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. At the rear, 4-inch rectangular exhaust tips add to the styling cue of a muscle coupe.
The race-inspired interior begins with a leather wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel that features a 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 contoured palm rests.
The trapezoidal instrument panel features a four-bomb gauge cluster with chromed accent rings and unique SRT graphics. Inside the cluster, the 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.
Interior color combinations for 2013 include Dark Slate Gray and Radar Red/Dark Slate Gray, which adds color to the seats, door bolsters and rear seat armrest.
Safety and security
The 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features more than 35 safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and three-mode electronic stability control 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.
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, with larger valves and ports, a beefier block and crankshaft and improved bearings.
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. 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 HEMI.
In 2011, Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT8 392 for the street featuring the new 470 horsepower, 392-cubic inch HEMI V-8. During the model year, only 1,492 Inaugural Edition models were built.