Dodge brings the 2013 Challenger SRT8 Core

Article by Christian A., 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.

Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 has over 35 revolutionary security and safety features, such as standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and electric stability control (ESC) with three modes that come with exclusive Ready Alert Braking and Rain Brake Support safety components to enhance complete car control and performance.

Also, standard features include reactive front-row head restraints, full-length side-curtain air bags, driver knee air bags, and seat-mounted front side-thorax air bags. All of which provide improved passenger protection in case of an accident.

Connectivity and Infotainment

For maximal convenience and to make sure passengers are connected, a broad range of optional infotainment, connectivity, infotainment, and mobile multimedia is offered for the Dodge Challenger SRT8.

The advanced Uconnect Media Center 430, 430N, and 730N radios combine a 6.5-inch touchscreen monitor, with a hard drive for the ability to store over 150 hours of music and pictures. Uconnect Media Center radios also present two different navigation options: industry-leading Garmin Navigation guidance and mapping (Uconnect Media Center 430N) or premium GPS Navigation with SIRIUS Traffic (Uconnect Media Center 730N). Both navigation options have SIRIUS Travel Link that provides real-time fuel prices, weather, and more when on the move.

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2013 Challenger SRT8

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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