2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Road Test & Review: Introduction
If fast cars are your thing, you are no doubt well aware of the activities of the SRT group within the Chrysler organization. Responsible for such iconic creations as Viper and Prowler, the SRT group is responsible for some of the hottest cars in Chrysler’s recent history.
Starting with the 2012 model year, Chrysler decreed SRT a brand unto itself, complete with a chief executive officer in the person of Canadian Ralph Gilles (pronounced Jeels). To mark the introduction of the brand, Gilles let a raft of all-new white-hot models off the chain to scald the streets. Invigorated with outstanding performance—thanks to a new 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine, methodically crafted suspension systems, and a suite of purpose-specified comfort, convenience, and infotainment systems—the SRT models promised to elevate Chrysler’s performance cars to a whole new plane.
The first vehicle to benefit from this treatment was the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. Absolutely brilliant, fast, and good handling, the car was an instant add to performance junkie’s wish lists everywhere. For 2013, the Challenger SRT8 392 has gained more high-tech performance features in an effort to solidify its place among the trio of modern American rear-wheel-drive muscle coupes.
(In other words, to keep pace with Camaro and Mustang.)