[ Chrysler Group LLC press release ]
2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket Creates Buzz at the 2011 Los
Angeles Auto Show
- Special limited-edition Dodge Challenger SRT8 model features exclusive
Stinger Yellow exterior and interior appointments
- Proven 392 cubic-inch (6.4-liter) HEMI V-8 engine provides pulsating 470
horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque across a wide rpm range while also
delivering 23 miles per gallon on the highway
- Two-mode adaptive damping suspension system offers selectable suspension
tuning and automatically adapts to road and driver inputs for optimal vehicle
- Exclusive SRT® heated steering wheel features mounted paddle shifters for
hands on the wheel shifting both on road and at the race track
- Available 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, with innovative GreenEdge
technology, offers 900 watts of power
- Arrives in U.S. dealer showrooms in first quarter 2012
November 9, 2011, Auburn Hills, Mich. - The Chrysler Group's Street and
Racing Technology (SRT) team today 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 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392, the 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 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
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 Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket will be available for ordering in
December at Dodge dealerships nationwide and will be arriving in U.S. dealer
showrooms in the first quarter of 2012.
About the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
For 2012, the Dodge Challenger SRT8® 392 adds even more high-tech performance
features to solidify its place as the brand's ultimate modern American
rear-wheel-drive muscle coupe. With 470 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque
from the proven 392 cubic-inch HEMI V-8, the balanced performance approach of
the Challenger SRT8 392 provides outstanding straight-line acceleration,
world-class ride and handling, high-performance braking and the most
up-to-date technologies that deliver more driver excitement and control.
The standard Tremec TR-6060 six-speed manual transmission and a dual-disc
high-performance clutch are proven performers that were first offered on the
2008 Dodge Viper SRT10. Both automatic and manual models feature a standard
limited-slip differential to maximize performance.
The optional five-speed automatic transmission features new, standard
steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters that join the center console mounted
Auto Stick, allowing for a choice of spirited shifting on both the road and
the race track. Both methods give the driver the ability to manually select
specific gears on the transmission.
Standard Fuel Saver Technology (four-cylinder mode) in automatic transmission
equipped models allows the engine to operate economically on four cylinders or
use the power of all eight cylinders when needed. The EPA fuel economy miles
per gallon (mpg) (City/Hwy) ratings for the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 are
14/23 for both manual and automatic transmission models.
The adaptive damping suspension (ADS) system is new for 2012 and tuned
specifically for the Dodge Challenger SRT8 392. The ADS system on the
Challenger SRT8 392 features the fastest turn-in and most nimble handling
characteristics of any SRT product.
In the "Sport" setting, the system provides the highest damping rates allowing
the driver to push the handling envelope like never before. In "Auto" mode, a
wide range of on-road and driver inputs -- such as vehicle speed, steering
angle, steering speed, brake torque, throttle position and lateral/vertical
accelerations -- automatically tune the suspension for specific conditions.
Drivers can easily choose between settings to quickly change the shock damping
and harshness characteristics from "Auto" for everyday commuting to "Sport"
for more spirited driving situations.
The handling result is .90g capability on the skid pad -- the most of any
production Challenger and on par with some of the world's best-handling
The standard SRT performance brake package produces world-class stopping power
of 60 to 0 mph in just 117 feet from 14.2 inch (front) and 13.8 inch (rear)
vented/slotted rotors with four-piston Brembo fixed calipers painted red. The
three-mode electronic stability control system with knockback mitigation also
includes four-wheel ABS, all-speed traction control, electronic brake-force
distribution, Brake Assist and Hill-start Assist (HSA).
The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 accelerates from 0-60 mph in the high
4-second range; runs the quarter mile in mid-12-second range with the
automatic transmission (high 12-second range with the manual); goes from
0-100-0 mph in the low 15s, reaches a top speed of 182 mph with the manual
transmission (175 mph with the automatic).
The large front splitter and integrated front fender spats and body-color rear
decklid spoiler provide stable high-speed aerodynamic balance while the front
fascia chin spoiler also improves aerodynamic drag and is accented in black
for a more aggressive look.
Unique "392 HEMI" badges flank both fenders touting the historically
significant V-8 engine that remains true to its high-performance roots and
powers the highest rated Challenger in terms of horsepower and torque ratings.
From the rear, the 4-inch rectangular exhaust tips deliver the 392's
performance exhaust note while adding the styling cue of a serious muscle car.
The race inspired and high-performance interior begins with the new, exclusive
SRT® heated steering wheel that features mounted paddle shifters for hands on
the wheel shifting both on road and at the race track. All audio and
Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) controls are accessible from the
horizontal spokes on the steering wheel.
The trapezoidal instrument panel features a four-bomb gauge cluster with
chromed accent rings and unique SRT graphics. Inside the cluster, the
SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with performance
pages gives the driver trip information, multimedia information from the Media
Center radio, along with instant feedback on 0-60 mph acceleration, 60-0 mph
braking, G-forces, one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times.
The 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 features more than 35 advanced safety and
security features, including standard Keyless Enter-N-Go and three-mode
electronic stability control (ESC) with segment-exclusive Ready Alert Braking
and Rain Brake Support safety features to improve overall vehicle handling and
For maximum convenience and to keep passengers connected, a wide array of
connectivity, infotainment and mobile multimedia options are available on the
2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8.
New for 2012, the Dodge Challenger SRT8 features an available 900-watt,
18-speaker premium SRT performance audio surround-sound system from Harman
Kardon. The system offers world premier innovation, featuring a 32-volt TPS
(Tracking Power Supply) 12-channel Class D amplifier that delivers outstanding
acoustics and brings multi-dimensional, quality sound for all interior
The new system uses GreenEdge speaker and amplifier technology to offer
superior sound quality and high Sound Pressure Level outputs with minimum
energy consumption. GreenEdge amplifiers alone outperform traditional
amplifier efficiency by up to 55 percent, representing a net efficiency of
more than 90 percent in some cases. The speakers are tuned for maximum
efficiency and perfectly matched to the amplifier output.
The innovative Uconnect Media Center 430, 430N and 730N radios integrate a
6.5-inch touchscreen display with a hard drive where more than 150 hours of
music and photos can be stored. Uconnect Media Center radios also offer two
navigation options, including segment-leading Garmin® Navigation guidance and
mapping (Uconnect Media Center 430N), or premium GPS Navigation with SIRIUS
Traffic (Uconnect Media Center 730N). Both navigation solutions feature SIRIUS
Travel Link, providing real-time weather, fuel prices and more while on the
SRT Track Experience
Owners of any Chrysler Group SRT vehicle receive one day of professional
driving instruction as part of the SRT Track Experience, designed to maximize
their driving knowledge and skills on the street or track. Sessions are held
throughout the year at selected tracks.
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