2011 SEMA Preview: Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 25, 2011

Chrysler unveiled today the Dodge Challenger SRT8 ACR, a customized version of the well-known muscle car that will make its official debut next week at the 2011 SEMA Show. The car is inspired by the Dodge Viper SRT10 ACR, a sports car that that reset the production car lap record at the Nürburgring Nordschleife track in Germany.

Based on the Challenger SRT8 392, the new Challenger SRT8 ACR comes equipped with new Mopar parts such as a coil-over suspension, front-and rear-strut tower braces,short-throw shifter, front splitter, cat-back exhaust, custom exhaust headers and a set of Goodyear F1 Supercar performance tires.

Moreover, the car features performance enhancements at the interior such as carbon fiber door panels, front race bucket seats with openings for a racing harness, while the rear sear was removed and replaced by a roll bar.

A new SRT three-spoke flat-bottom steering wheel was also installed, as well as a new SRT gauge cluster, custom bright pedal kit, Mopar Drag Pack center stack and a carbon fiber center console. The design of the car is completed by the unique black painted five-spoke 20-inch alloy wheels.

New Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 improves the concept of a rear-wheel-drive coupe that combines function and form. It has outstanding straight-line acceleration as well as top-notch ride and handling, high-performance braking and the latest in fuel efficient technologies.

The newest Challenger is now packed with modern features and amenities that enthusiasts just love.

Chrysler Group LLC president and CEO for the Dodge brand Ralph Gilles says that they have listened to their most loyal customers and heard that they want more power off the line, hence they came up with the new Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. The new Challenger was tuned for more torque, which gives you the thrust that sets and keeps you in your seat. Gilles also says that the new Challenger is responsive and fun to drive.

The 392 HEMI V8 engine

New Challenger uses the HEMI powertrain that has a volume of 392 cubic inches. The engine gives you 470 hp of power as well as 470 lb.-ft. of torque. That represents 90 lb.-ft. more torque than the 6.1-L V8 engine that preceded it. The additional torque gives you better straight-line performance and standing starts. The new power motor mounts improve the ride control and idle stability no matter what speed you’re at. The high-lift camshaft and the intake manifold give you the most low-end torque while also giving the car more power.

The new Challenger SRT8 392 comes standard with five-speed automatic transmission or you can opt for the Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission that you can see on the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT10. You also have better shift engagement with the heavy-duty clutch that has been improved for the Challenger SRT8 392.

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