2012 Dodge CHALLENGER SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket

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Dodge released a limited-edition Yellow Jacket package for the 2012 Challenger SRT8 392 at the 2011 Los Angeles Auto Show. The America-only model features an exclusive Stinger Yellow exterior paint highlighted by a black grille, new 20-inch five-spoke aluminum wheels with black-painted pockets, and black stripes that run down each side of the car. A special Yellow Jacket design and lettering can be found inside the stripes at the rear of the car. Inside, the standard leather seats feature an exclusive Stinger Yellow band with embroidered Yellow Jacket logo and silver stitching.

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The term Yellow Jacket comes from a special two-seat targa-style show car formed from the first 1970 E-body Hemi Challenger Convertible. It featured a honey-gold color and included styling elements that would influence future Challengers including the grille that debuted on the ’71 Challenger and rear panel treatment used on the ‘72–‘74 cars. The Yellow Jacket lasted one year on the show circuit before being transformed into Diamante show car. The Diamante lasted four years before being stored and then sold into private hands.

The Yellow Jacket stems from the new-for-2012 SRT8 392, which replaces the 6.1-liter V-8 SRT8 for 2012. It is powered by a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 engine providing 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. That’s 45 more horsepower and 50 more lb-ft of torque compared to the outgoing model and equates to a zero-to-60-mph time in the high four-second range and a quarter-mile time in the mid-to-high 12s. Other interesting performance statistics include a 0–100–0-mph time in the low 15s and a top speed of 182 mph with the manual transmission. The new engine loses a couple miles per gallon in the city and probably won’t make up for it with its small gains on the highway (comparisons vary by transmission).

The Yellow Jacket also features the two-mode adaptive damping suspension system that is an option on the 392. Dodge says the adaptive suspension on the Challenger SRT8 392 results in .90g capabilities on the skid pad. The system offers a Sport setting and an Automatic mode. In addition to the new adaptive suspension, the SRT8 392 features 14.2-inch front and 13.8-inch rear vented brake rotors with four-piston Brembo fixed calipers that can drag the car to a halt from 60 mph in as little as 117 feet.

The 392 package also contains a revised front fascia with large front chin spoiler, body-colored rear decklid spoiler, and “392 HEMI” badges. Inside, the SRT-exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center (EVIC) with performance pages gives instant feedback on 0–60-mph acceleration, 60–0-mph braking, G-forces, and one-eighth-mile and quarter-mile times.

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by Benjamin Greene