When SRT Tweaks the Dodge Challenger
Whenever we hear the word “Challenger” followed by the term “SRT”, one thing springs to mind – power. When “SRT” was formed to make the Dodge Viper, car enthusiasts all over the world wanted one. Today, “SRT” vehicles aren’t as rare as the Dodge Viper, but they aren’t swarming all over the streets either. Let’s take a look at the Dodge Challenger trims that are a member of the SRT family.
“SRT” stands for “Street and Racing Technology,” and it is the name of the automobile group within FCA that developed the Dodge Viper in the early ‘90s. Most of the engines SRT has had a hand in making have SRT in the title. For instance, the engine on the Viper was called the “Viper SRT-10”, and the Hellcat engine is known as the “SRT Hellcat engine”.
Generating 485-horsepower, the 6.4-liter V8 SRT HEMI engine was once the most powerful engine on the Challenger the lineup. This year, the 6.4L SRT engine is available on the Challenger SRT 392 and the 2017 Challenger T/A Plus 392, a limited-edition model inspired by the original 1970 Challenger T/A model.
In 2015 Dodge came out with the Challenger SRT Hellcat, which is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI engine rated at 707 horsepower. Soon, the Challenger SRT Hellcat will be rivaled by the mysterious Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Dodge has yet to open the gates of Hell to release this beast though!
When it comes to the track, it doesn’t take too much of a guess to know these vehicles perform well.
The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 accelerates from 0-60 mph in 4.2 seconds, and it covers a quarter mile in 12.6 seconds with a top speed of 182 mph. The 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can go from 0-60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and it covers a quarter mile in 11.7 seconds.
Exterior Performance Features
When SRT gets their hands on a project, they don’t just stop with the engine. Since SRT builds performance engines that crank out serious horsepower, the driver needs to be able to control all of that power without losing control. Thus, the SRT team also adds performance parts to ensure the car has optimal performance.
The Challenger SRT 392 has Bilstein high performance suspension shock absorbers for improved balance, cornering ability, and steering responsiveness. For fast stopping power, it is equipped with performance Brembo brakes. These brakes actually come with a special, intricate design of two-piece slotted and vented rotors with six-piston calipers in the front and back to improve heat management, thermal capacity, and longevity.
There are some additional performance parts on the Dodge Challenger T/A Plus 392, such as ultra-high performance Brembo six-piston front and four-piston rear brakes with vented rotors, a unique front suspension, and all-new 20-inch forged aluminum wheels for improved aerodynamics and a lighter vehicle. Both the Challenger T/A Plus 392 and Challenger SRT 392 have an SRT badge on the grille and bumper.
Interestingly enough, the SRT Hellcat has similar parts. Large performance brakes with two-piece rotors and six-piston calipers by Brembo make up its braking system. The vehicle has a high-end cold air intake, large air scoops on the hood, and one of the driver’s headlights is actually an air catcher, not a headlight. The Challenger SRT Hellcat rides on lightweight forged aluminum wheels, and it has an SRT badge on the grille as well as the Hellcat logo on both sides of the vehicle.
Can’t have performance parts on the outside without performance components on the inside. When hopping into a Dodge Challenger SRT 392, drivers will be treated to word-class materials and race-inspired tech that make the cabin feel like a cockpit and the driver like a jet pilot. Plus, heated and ventilated seats covered in premium Laguna leather ain’t too bad either.
For the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, drivers and front passengers will enjoy premium laguna SRT leather seating and heating capabilities in the two front seats. In the Challenger T/A revival, there’s a blend of new and classic features. Inside, drivers will find premium black performance seats with signature Houndstooth cloth inserts, a Dodge performance steering wheel, the 1971-inspired “tic-toc-tach” gauge cluster, and premium velour-bound floor mats embroidered with the Dodge logo.
Not every Dodge Challenger can be the same though. Every driver wants to add a little flair to the vehicle, and that isn’t a problem. The Challenger SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat are available in twelve colors, including including HIP Legacy colors, such as TorRed and Go Mango! Both also have four interior color options available, and the SRT Hellcat has a black/red combination available.
Entertainment and Audio
Can’t have high-performance vehicles without some of the best technology out there. The Dodge Challenger SRT 392 is outfitted with an 18-speaker audio system with two subwoofers, an 8.4-inch touch screen and Uconnect 8.4, GPS navigation, Uconnect apps, Bluetooth Voice Command, Apple CarPlay, Google Android Auto, and a Harman Kardon GreenEdge amplifier. The SRT Hellcat has the same, with a special ‘Launch Control’ feature drivers can activate to enhance vehicle performance.
Safety and Warranty
Both, the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 and Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat have advanced SRT multistage front airbags along with supplemental front seat-mounted side airbags and side-curtain front and rear airbags, active head restraints, blind spot and rear cross path detection, traction and stability systems, rain brake support, and keyless enter ‘n go, a sentry key theft deterrent system, a ParkView rear back-up camera, and a ParkSense rear park assist system.
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 5 years or 100,000 miles.