2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
In the 21st century version of the Ponycar wars, Dodge’s Challenger has heretofore been consigned to also-ran status behind Chevrolet’s reinvigorated Camaro and Ford’s evergreen Mustang. In comparison test after comparison test, the Challenger has consistently pulled up the rear, while the Detroit Three’s other two hot coupes swapped paint, vying for the lead.
The suspension system has also been refined and makes the Challenger drive much smaller than before. The steering responds like a go-kart—turn-in is exceptionally sharp and highly accurate. The revised camber settings keep more of the tire flat on the pavement in cornering maneuvers and the new shocks and bushings do their part to keep body roll well in check.
The Challenger 392’s overall balance is also exceedingly good. You always know you’re piloting a front-engine car, but you don’t feel the engine leading you around by the nose—so to speak. Plus, steering the car out of corners with the throttle is so easy a caveman can do it. We predict the drift community will love this car.
All in all, it’s a remarkable change. The Challenger 392 is sharply focused with a great deal of responsiveness, plus more torque and horsepower than you’ll realistically ever need—and that's exactly why Sports Car Monitor is loving it!
Pricing will be $45,080 when the Dodge goes on sale next month.