2011 LA Auto Show: 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 shows its Yellow Jacket

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 17, 2011

The Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team of Chrysler Group has revealed an exclusive production run of the special edition 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket models. These special edition models feature Stinger Yellow interior and exterior appointments. They are based on the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392.

The Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket comes in a Stinger Yellow body color and black grille surround in order to complement the regular black body-side stripes that emphasize the new Yellow Jacket logo on the back fender.

Adding to the unique performance appeal to the vehicles are the new 20 x 9-inch, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets. In the inside, the standard leather seats are accented with an exclusive Stinger Yellow band with silver accent stitching and embroidered Yellow Jacket logo. On the driver’s seat, a full adjustable lumbar position with seatback tilt, memory and an easy-to-reach release handle are available.

Meanwhile, the front-passenger seat adds tilt and slide with memory, making it more convenient for passengers to get in and out of the back seat. The original Dodge "Yellow Jacket" show automobile, which evolved from the 1970 Challenger, was featured at various car show exhibits since late 1969.

Painted with pearlescent Honey Gold, the roadster is powered by the 426-cubic inch HEMI V-8. It also offers a range of popular Dodge “Scat Pack” performance features like a unique front spoiler, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, manual transmission and wider tires. It also comes with the Rallye instrument cluster and shaker hood.

The new 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 is fully equipped with ADS. The adaptive damping system provides better shock absorption and is made specifically for the classic American muscle car.

Drivers can select between sport and auto mode function to complement any driving and road condition. The Auto mode is good for daily driving and offers a host of driver and on road utilities. It consists of vertical and lateral accelerations; throttle position, brake torque, steering speed and angle plus the vehicle speed inputs.

The sport mode meanwhile is made for more intense driving. So far, the SRT8 392’s sport mode delivers the most outstanding damping rates than any other SRT models. In fact, this new model has the most intuitive and highly responsive ADS system in the SRT segment today.

On the other hand, Dodge’s high performance car comes with a fully hydraulic steering system with damped steering gear and durable pump. Also, the 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 is less likely to tumble off because it has lower centre of gravity by half an inch compared to Non-SRT models. When it comes to handing, the result shows an impressive .90g capability around the skid pads.

Suffice it to say, that the low riding SRT8 looks a lot more handsome with the standard 5-spoke, 20/9-inch forged alloy wheels. Dodge also offers the 7-spoke, 20/9-inch lightweight rims with pockets painted in matte black finish. Any of these will go perfectly with Goodyear’s standard RSA All-Season tyres or the optional F1 Supercar Three-Season tyres from the same brand.

2012 Dodge Challenger SRT model is also equipped with a high performance braking system. It has the stopping power of 60-0mph in 117 feet. This basically comes from the vented rotors at the front and rear measuring 14.2inches and 13.8 inches respectively. The same slotted rotors come with the red painted Brembo 4-piston brake calipers on it. Last but not the least, the new SRT8 392’s 3-mode electronic stability control with knockback mitigation system has the HSA, Brake Assist, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, All-speed Traction Control and the 4-wheel ABS.

Press Release

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket

The Chrysler Group's Street and Racing Technology (SRT) team announced an exclusive production run of special-edition 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8® 392 Yellow Jacket models featuring Stinger Yellow exterior paint and interior appointments.

Based on the 2012 Challenger SRT8 392, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 Yellow Jacket features a Stinger Yellow body color and black grille surround to match the standard black body-side stripes that highlight the newly developed Yellow Jacket logo on the rear fender. New 20 x 9-inch, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels with black painted pockets provide a unique performance look.

Inside, the standard leather seats feature an exclusive Stinger Yellow accent band with embroidered Yellow Jacket logo and silver accent stitching. The driver's seat also features a full adjustable lumbar position with seatback tilt, 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.

"The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket adds another piece of performance car nostalgia to our rear-drive muscle coupe lineup in 2012," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT Brand and Motorsports. "The Stinger Yellow paint and interior accents speak directly to the performance enthusiast who appreciates a memorable and collectible color that helps deliver even more excitement and exclusivity."

The original Dodge "Yellow Jacket" show car, which evolved from the 1970 Challenger, was shown at various auto show exhibits beginning in late 1969. Painted pearlescent Honey Gold, the roadster was powered by the 426-cubic inch HEMI V-8 and carried a number of the famous Dodge "Scat Pack" performance features, such as a unique front spoiler, wider tires, heavy-duty suspension and brakes, and manual transmission, along with the Rallye instrument cluster and shaker hood.

A limited number of 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket models will be built for the U.S. market. All Dodge Challenger models are built at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Brampton, Ontario, Canada.

The Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket will be available for ordering in December 2011 at Dodge dealerships nationwide and will be arriving in U.S. dealer showrooms in the first quarter of 2012.

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