Dodge brings the 2013 Challenger SRT8 Core

Article by Christian Andrei, on February 11, 2013

SRT has applied the Super Bee treatment to the 2012 Challenger SRT8, leading to the SRT8 Yellow Jacket. The new 2013 Challenger SRT8 Core has basically the same components but it will have some new features. For instance, the SRT8 Core models have all types of blacked-out trim, which include a black grille, rear spoiler, “392” logos for the front fenders, and Brembo brake calipers.

Black is usually available as an exterior paint color, but buyers can also opt for Mopar goods and get the Hemi Orange and Plum Crazy, which are unique to the Challenger Core trim. All other Challenger SRT8 colors can also be offered on SRT8 Core models with the exception of Phantom Black tri-coat pearl and Redline pearl. It is powered by the 6.4-liter Hemi V-8.

It should be coupled with either a six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic. It’s believed that the Challenger Super Bee and the adaptive Bilstein dampers were dropped in lieu of cheaper parts. Furthermore, there won’t be leather-trimmed seating surfaces inside. Rather, front and rear seats use the same “Ballistic” cloth from the base-grade 2013 SRT Viper coupes.

They’re also accented with slate gray cloth for bolsters and door panel inserts. These meticulous deletions make for a Challenger SRT8 that has the same power as the normal model. However, it’s quite a bit cheaper. SRT8 Core cars have a starting price of $39,990, which include destination costs. This makes it $5780 cheaper than a regular 2013 Challenger SRT8. It’s also probably enough to make the Challenger SRT8 Core the cheapest SRT8 model currently available on the market.

Press Release

2013 Challenger SRT8 "Core"

On the exterior, the new 2013 Challenger SRT8 "Core" model features a black grille and black SRT rear spoiler, unique black 392 decal on the front fenders, 20-inch cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets and black Brembo brake calipers.

New exterior colors for the Challenger SRT8 "Core" lineup include HEMI® Orange Pearl Coat and Plum Crazy Pearl Coat, in addition to the existing color options, which include Billet Silver Metallic Clear Coat, Bright White Clear Coat, Granite Crystal Metallic Pearl Coat, Jazz Blue Pearl Coat, Pitch Black and TorRed Clear Coat.

Phantom Black Tri-coat Pearl and Redline Tri-coat Pearl are exclusive to the 2013 Challenger SRT8 392 models.

On the inside of the new "Core" model, seating surfaces use the same premium "Ballistic" cloth inserts from the SRT Viper and are flanked by dark slate gray "Axel" cloth bolsters and door bolster inserts and feature a mini-carbon bezel instrument panel.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models are powered by the proven 392-cubic inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 that delivers 470 horsepower (351 kW) and 470 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) 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.

All 2013 Challenger SRT8 models accelerate from 0-60 mph in the high 4-second range; run the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); go from 0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reach a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission (175 mph with the automatic) and stop from 60-0 mph in just 117 feet.

The starting U.S. Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the new 2013 Dodge Challenger SRT8 "Core" model is $38,995 (plus $995 destination).

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