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2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 offers new performance features

For 2013, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 adds even more new and improved high-tech performance features to solidify its place as the brand’s ultimate modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. The 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V8 delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 Nm) 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 still delivering 23 miles per gallon on the highway with the standard manual transmission or available automatic transmission. Performance-tuned engine mounts improve idle stability and ride control at all speeds.

The 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features a standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and a dual-disc high performance clutch. The optional five-speed automatic transmission features standard steering wheel mounted paddle shifters and the center console mounted Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and the racetrack. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select specific gears on the transmission. The 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 accelerates from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range, runs the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission, goes from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s. The standard SRT performance brake package with 14.2 inch front and 13.8 inch rear rotors and four-piston red-painted Brembo calipers stops the car from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet. A new for 2013, standard launch control system on both manual transmission and automatic transmission equipped models helps maximize straight-line acceleration.

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. In Auto mode, a wide range of on-road and driver inputs, such as vehicle speed, steering angle and brake torque automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions. In Sport mode, the damping system rebound and compression is locked to a higher damping rate. In Track mode, the higher damping rates combine with a performance shifting and gear holding feature that allows the driver full shift control when using the steering wheel mounted paddle controls or AutoStick.

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 stable 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. From the rear, the 4-inch rectangular exhaust tips deliver the 392’s performance exhaust note while adding the styling cue of a serious muscle car.

The race-inspired interior begins with a leather wrapped, heated, SRT-exclusive steering wheel that features a unique 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. All audio and EVIC controls are accessible from the horizontal spokes on the steering wheel. 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. Power lumbar-equipped front seats are standard. The driver’s seat features seatback tilt with memory and an easy to reach release handle, while the front-passenger seat adds tilt and slide with memory, which makes it even easier for passengers to get in and out of the back seat. 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.

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