SRT Performance: 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Before Dodge debuted the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in April 2017, Dodge had  already three other Dodge Challenger trims to the 2017 model year lineup. With the year coming to a close, it’s time to look at one of two very powerful Dodge Challenger models – the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT 392.

Engine and Track Times

“SRT” stands for “Street and Racing Technology” and it is the DNA that makes such vehicles so powerful. Under the hood of the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 is a 392-cubic-inch HEMI engine that was developed by Chrysler in 2005 and its horsepower (before safety regulations changed) was 525 horses. Today, in the Challenger’s fourth generation, the Challenger SRT 392 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI engine produces 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. Built with a multi-displacement system to turn off four of the eight cylinders when riding at a steady speed, and paired to a six-speed manual TREMEC transmission (TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic optional), the Challenger SRT 392 has a fuel economy of 15/25 MPG city/highway.

Performance parts have been implemented for safety and driver control. The Challenger SRT 392 is built on Bilstein high performance suspension shock absorbers for a firm ride with improved balance, cornering ability, and steering responsiveness. To bring all that power to a stop, this muscle car is equipped with the SRT Track Pack brake package, made up of a performance Brembo brake system that includes two-piece slotted and vented rotors with six-piston calipers. Their intricate design improves heat management, thermal capacity, and longevity.

Three other Challenger trims were released for the 2017 model year and they are the Dodge Challenger T/A, Dodge Challenger T/A Plus, and Dodge Challenger T/A 392. The third is powered by the same engine as the Challenger SRT 392 and the Challenger T/A and T/A Plus are powered by a 5.7-liter V8 HEMI engine, capable of producing 375 horsepower and 410 lb-ft of torque.

The track times for the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 are pretty good. Accelerating from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, it hits a top speed of 182 mph. It can also finish a quarter mile in 12.6 seconds.

Exterior Design

To complement the power of the Dodge Challenger SRT 392, the body is built with crisp lines for aerodynamics and an aggressive look. Riding on aluminum axles, 20-inch SRT hyper black forged aluminum wheels, and advanced driveline components, several badges immediately make the Challenger SRT 392 stand out. Other aesthetics include a gloss black grille, optional twin black or silver center racing stripes, a functional hood scoop, and the SRT 392 is available in one of 13 high impact paint (HIP) colors. Standard features include automatic high-intensity discharge headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual rear exhaust with bright tips, heated exterior mirrors, and solar control glass.

All 2017 Challenger T/A trims ride on 20-inch wheels; T/A and T/A Plus come with hyper black II forged aluminum wheels, and T/A 392 comes with painted aluminum wheels. All of the T/A and 392 vehicles come with all season performance tires. Design choices that make the T/A trims stand out, alongside appropriate badges and T/A decals and graphics, these trims also come with a T/A air grabber hood with air bezel, a satin black wrapped roof/decklid, and a black satin hood. Standard features include automatic illuminated air catcher headlamps, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a cold air intake system by Mopar, heated exterior mirrors, a satin black rear spoiler, and solar control glass. T/A 392 also comes with dual rear exhaust with bright tips. All Dodge Challenger T/A trims may be painted in one of 13 HIP colors.

Modern Interior

Cabins in Dodge vehicles always feel more like a cockpit than the average vehicle. Word-class materials and race-inspired tech give a greater sense of control and handling while being comfortable and engaged. Trimmed with Laguna leather, the seats of the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 are embroidered with the SRT logo, heated and ventilated, and can be personalized with a red seatbelt.

Some of the standard features include dual-zone automatic temperature control, front and rear solar control glass, a leather wrapped flat bottom steering wheel (also heated), a leather wrapped-shift knob, and premium front and rear floor mats. Make the best of a road trip with the 18-speaker premium audio system with subwoofer, Uconnect with navigation, Apple CarPlay, and Google Android Auto on an 8.4-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, control the audio with steering wheel mounted controls and place hands-free calls with Bluetooth voice command. Finally, check out the performance stats of your Dodge Challenger SRT 392 with SRT Performance Pages. Add some personal style with one of four interior colors.

The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A series shares some of these features, and are outfitted to truly wear the “special edition” title. The Dodge Challenger T/A plus comes with heated and ventilated leather trimmed seats and a heated steering wheel (optional on T/A 392). All three T/A models have dual-zone automatic temperature control, front and rear solar control glass, a leather-wrapped performance steering wheel, and a leather-wrapped shift knob. Both, the T/A Plus and T/A 392 have the option to install the same 18-speaker system as the Dodge Challenger SRT 392, and the option to upgrade to a 9 speaker system with subwoofer.

The standard stereo system for the Dodge T/A series is a 6-speaker system on the T/A, and a premium 6-speaker system on the Dodge T/A Plus and Dodge T/A 392. The Dodge Challenger T/A comes with Uconnect on a 5.0-inch touchscreen, and the options for Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, HD Radio, and GPS navigation. The Dodge Challenger T/A Plus and T/A 392 come with Uconnect 4C on an 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto and the option to upgrade for GPS navigation.

The 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Plus and T/A 392 also come with Dodge Performance Pages, an optional upgrade for the Dodge Challenger T/A. All three models come with steering wheel mounted controls and Bluetooth voice command. All of the above models have an optional sunroof addition.

Safety and Warranty

The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and Dodge Challenger T/A series come with advanced multistage front airbags (SRT on the Dodge Challenger SRT 392), supplemental front seat-mounted and side curtain front and rear airbags, traction and stability control systems, a Sentry Key theft deterrent system, remote proximity keyless entry, keyless enter ‘n go, a ParkSense rear park assist system, and ParkView rear backup camera. Advanced safety features like blind spot and rear cross path detection is a standard on the Dodge Challenger SRT 392, optional on the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A Plus and T/A 392, and forward collision warning is an optional add-on for the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus and T/A 392 only.

All Dodge vehicles come with a basic limited warranty for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever comes first, a 5-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, roadside assistance for 5 years or 100,000 miles, and rust-through coverage for the same duration.

The starting MSRP for the 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT 392 starts at $50,195. The starting MSRP for the 2017 Dodge Challenger T/A series starts at $37,395.