When Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT Hellcat to the world, everyone’s jaws dropped. The Hellcat is quite possibly one of the biggest automotive hits in quite sometime. But even with such an incredible option available, we shouldn’t forget about the rest of the Challenger’s incredible lineup, including the 2015 Challenger SRT 392 we had the privilege of driving.
Sure, the Challenger SRT 392 isn’t as powerful as the Hellcat, but it is still full of muscle. Powering the car is a 6.4-liter HEMI that produces a more than respectable 485 hp and 475 lb-ft of torque. Mated to this engine in the example we drove was the new TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission with rev-matching.
Was this power enough for us? Yes, it was plenty enough. Acceleration was top-notch and the new transmission handled the power brilliantly throughout the gear changes. And, while this automatic transmission was responsive and smooth, we would love to give the six-speed manual gearbox a try.
Even though it’s not a Hellcat, the SRT 392 is still a monster with a top speed in the 170s and a 0-60 mph time under 5 seconds.
Muscle cars are known for being a bit difficult to handle, due to their size and power. But, this one was actually very nimble around corners. Thanks to the three-setting SRT Drive Mode, we could fine tune the shifting, traction, suspension and steering depending on our needs. Of course, if we wanted to slide around a corner for fun, we were readily able to.
On the outside, the 2015 Challenger SRT 392 looks like the previous version, but with some noticeable changes. The least subtle change would be the hood, which features a rather large air intake. This immediately gives the car the muscle look it deserves. Other obvious changes are the front splitter and rear spoiler.
Inside, the cabin is sporty and functional, with class added in. The comfortable racing seats hold the driver and passenger in a snug, yet comfortable manner thanks to large side bolsters. What we really enjoyed was the infotainment center found on the touchscreen. It was easily navigable between the media, navigation and other various options. The most important feature of the car’s media center were the performance apps, which showed you 0-60 mph times, lateral gs and more.
While the Challenger SRT 392 may not be the Hellcat, it is still a muscle car that deserves its fair share in the spotlight. It handles, drives and looks great, inside and out. And with a starting MSRP of $45,995, it is almost $15,000 less than the Hellcat.
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