Barracuda 426. Yenko 427. Boss 302. Coupling large numerics with a vehicle’s marquee immediately evokes nostalgic memories of raw American muscle. The integrated numbers represent the displacement of an engine in cubic-inches, and this is the way muscle should be measured. Forget the wee numbers associated with liters.
When the displacement of an engine is measured in cubic-inches, an intoxicating feeling of power rushes over us. Unfortunately, this form of measurement has been forgotten. A 2010 Camaro SS has a 6.2-liter engine instead of a 378 and the 2011 Mustang GT is powered by a 5.0-liter instead of a 305. But that is all about to change.
For those of us who yearn for the days of cubic-inches, there is the all-new 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. The SRT8 392 is powered by, you guessed it, a 392 cubic-inch HEMI V8. Something about the 392 badging makes us believe the Challenger is more powerful, maybe because it is.
Cranking out 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft of torque, the SRT8 392 receives a big bump in power. The 2011 SRT8 392 has 45 more horsepower than the outgoing 6.1-liter powered 2010 Challenger SRT8, and according to Chrysler, “90 lb.-ft. more torque at 2,900 rpm.”
In true American muscle car fashion, the Challenger SRT8 392 will flaunt it’s all-new power plant. Informing bystanders of the beast within, “392 HEMI” badges will be proudly displayed on both fenders. As a special treat, Dodge will build 1,492 SRT8 392 Inaugural Edition models, featuring exclusive styling and features.
At the time of this writing no official pricing or release dates have been supplied.