2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket announced for the LA Auto Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on November 10, 2011

Chrysler Group will be displaying a special edition model – the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket – at the 2011 Los Angeles International Auto Show. Its paintjob is what makes the car stand out. It uses Stinger Yellow body color, combined with a black grille surround and black profile stripes highlighted by the Yellow Jacket logo on the rear panel.

To emphasize the appearance, Chrysler gave it a set of new 20-inch five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels. When stepping inside the Yellow Jacket, we see a Stinger Yellow accent band with Yellow Jacket logos and silver accent stitching.

The model will still be powered by a 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that can deliver 470hp and 470 lb.-ft. of torque. Ralph Gilles, President and CEO – SRT Brand and Motorsports, said that the Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket offers another nostalgic piece to its rear-drive muscle coupe lineup in 2012.

He added that the Stinger Yellow paint and interior accents are meant to appeal to the performance enthusiasts who value a “memorable and collectible color that helps deliver even more excitement and exclusivity."

Chrysler hasn’t announced details about its production but Chrysler said that it will have a limited run. Order books will be opened in December. Deliveries will start in the first quarter of 2012.

The much-anticipated comeback of the already iconic Dodge Challenger will surely make pony car fanatics thrilled and excited. After all, the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 is designed to provide a terrific performance, superior ride and handling, and benchmark braking. Moreover, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 features a number of design cues that evoke the original Challenger as well as a wide array of modern elements.

As developed by Street Racing & Technology (SRT) -- Chrysler's in-house performance engineering organization -- the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 was created and engineered to adhere to the so-called five pillars of every SRT vehicle: 1) bold exterior design echoing the brand image, 2) a race-inspired interior, 3) a world-class ride and handling, 4) a stunning powertrain, and 5) benchmark braking.

According to Mike Accavitti, Director for the Dodge Brand and SRT Global Marketing at Chrysler LLC, the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 has been engineered to deliver what customers want in a modern muscle car, including tire-smoking performance, head-turning design and a wide array of state-of-the-art technologies. These technologies include 'Keyless Go' entry, GPS navigation and a MyGIG infotainment system as well as UConnect hands-free communication.

The new limited-edition 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 two-door, rear-wheel-drive coupe will be available in three colors: Bright Silver Metallic, Brilliant Black Crystal Pearl Coat and HEMI Orange.

Each example will have its own numbered dash plaque, carbon fiber-like hood stripes. As powered by SRT's 6.1-liter HEMI V-8 engine that delivers 425 hp of max output and 420 lb.-ft. of peak torque, the all-new 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 should be able to sprint from nil to 60 mph time in around five seconds and reach a quarter mile in less than 14 seconds. It could accelerate from zero to 100 mph and decelerate to a full stop in less than 17 seconds.

With a skid pad performance of 0.88 g, the Dodge Challenger SRT boasts of 60-0 mph braking distance of around 100 feet. Scheduled to be built at Chrysler's Brampton assembly facility in Ontario, Canada, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 will be available for sale this spring at a US Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $37,995, which includes $675 destination cost.

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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