2018 DODGE CHALLENGER SRT8 OVERVIEW REVIEW
With a massive Hemi motor, a performance-tuned suspension and vintage-inspired good looks, the 2018 dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is the range-topping model in Dodge's Challenger muscle car lineup. Though not quite as nimble as some rivals, the SRT is still quite enjoyable to exercise on backroads while also being a comfortable long-distance cruiser.
The heart of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque. The latter figure is 90 lb-ft better than the Challenger's previous engine, adding a welcome kick in the pants to the straight line acceleration department. In fact, the SRT8 392 can scoot from a dead stop to 60 miles per hour in under five seconds.
If quarter mile races are more your thing, know that this coupe can run the quarter in mid 12's with the automatic transmission, or high 12's equipped with the row-it-yourself gearbox. New for the latest model is a launch-control system that spins the engine to optimal launch rpms, then manages wheelspin once underway for the quickest acceleration possible. Top speed is an impressive 182 in the manual and 175 with the automatic.
With all that power and displacement fuel economy is obviously not the primary concern of the vehicle's engineers, but it wasn't forgotten either. Both transmissions will return 14 city mpg, while the manual bests the automatic by one mpg for a highway rating of 23.
Speaking of transmissions, it should be known that the manual found in the 392 is no five-speed, but a six-speed TR-6060 Tremec unit with a dial-disc high performance clutch - the same one tested to the limits in the 2017 Dodge Viper SRT10.
For those more interested in cruising than racing, the automatic comes in five-speed flavor that includes both "Normal" and "Sport" modes. Sport mode will keep the transmission in the gear a bit longer, maximizing power at the cost of efficiency.
Dodge upgraded the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392's suspension for the latest model year, adding an improved version of the active damping system that includes three different settings that either optimize on-road comfort or handling responses.
Keeping the 2018 SRT8 where it should be are either 20x9 forged aluminum in a seven-spoke design or 20x9 forged aluminum wheels with satin black painted pockets, either wrapped in Goodyear RSA all-season tires as standard.
Optional are Goodyear F1 Supercar three-season tires that kick the performance up a notch at the expense of longevity and wet handling.
Behind those wheels are 14.2-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented and slotted rotors being grabbed by Brembo four-piston fixed calipers finished in red, of course.
Other exterior styling cues include '392 HEMI' badges, quad exhaust outlets, a new front spoiler and a body-painted rear decklid spoiler.
Standard features include leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, a 276-watt Boston Acoustics sound system, a Uconnect CD/HDD/DVD entertainment system with a 6.5-inch touchscreen display, automatic climate control, Bluetooth smartphone connectivity and more.
The latest 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features more than 35 advanced safety and security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and three-mode electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and performance.
In addition, safety is provided by standard front-row reactive head restraints, standard full-length side-curtain air bags, driver's knee bag and standard front seat-mounted side-thorax air bags offer enhanced occupant protection to passengers in the event of a collision.