Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Dodge Shows Off More of its 2011 Challenger SRT8 392

Dodge has released a new batch of photos of the limited run 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition, of which only 1,492 examples will be built (1,100 for the U.S. and 392 for Canada). Unfortunately, we still don't have any pictures of the interior, so we still don't know for sure if the Chrysler Group has applied some of its recent redesign-magic to the 2011 Challenger's cabin.

Set to make its world premiere today at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Inaugural Edition debuts the firm's new 392 c.i. [6.4-liters] V8 HEMI that pumps out 470 ponies and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, or 45HP and 90 lb-ft more than the previous SRT8's 6.1-liter V8 engine.

The bigger and brawnier V8 HEMI also features Chrysler's Fuel Saver technology in automatic transmission [five-speed] equipped models, which allows the engine to operate more economically on four cylinders or use all eight cylinders when needed.

Drivers can opt for the available Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission that was first offered on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10.

According to Dodge, the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 can complete the 0-60 mph [96km/h] sprint in the high 4-second range and the quarter-mile in the high 12s.

Other changes for the 2011 Challenger SRT8 include a reworked suspension and steering system. Dodge claims that the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 is capable of .93g on the skid pad - the most of any production Challenger to date.

Those that manage to get their hands on one of the Inaugural Editions of the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392, will be treated with exclusive exterior and interior content.

On the outside, there are 20-inch wheels, "392 HEMI" badges, Mopar quad exhaust tips, a larger front splitter, rear spoiler, integrated front fender spats and a body colored front grille. Buyers will have the choice of two colors, either Deep Water Blue with standard Stone White stripes or Bright White Clear Coat with standard Viper Blue stripes.

Interior upgrades include standard Smooth Pearl White leather-trimmed seats with dual blue stripes accented by unique blue stitching and a silver metal brush finish for the center instrument panel, center stack and console bezels. The door trim panels also feature silver metal brush grab handles inside Pearl White door bolsters with special blue accents.

Sales of the 2011 Challenger SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition will start within the next few weeks.