Dodge Challenger SRT8 review

          Interior highlights of Dodge Challenger include race-inspired leather seats with added bolstering and an exclusive red accent stripe, exclusive stitched accents on the seats and steering wheel, four bomb gauges with tachometer and 180 mph speedometer in the center, and an SRT exclusive Electronic Vehicle Information Center with Performance Pages that provide drivers instant feedback on 0-60 mph time, 60-0 mph braking, G-forces in addition to one-eighth mile and quarter-mile times.

       The engine has been enlarged to 6.4 liters, which translates to 392 cubic inches, the same displacement as one of Chrysler's historic HEMI V8s (never mind that the 392 lived and died in the 1950s, long before the original Challenger appeared in 1970). Power is now 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque, up from 425 and 420 from last year's 6.1 liter engine.

          Other changes for 2011 include new hydroelastic engine mounts they suppress idle shake and better control the engine’s mass during cornering stiffer suspension bushings complemented by larger front and rear anti-roll bars, a steering ratio quickened from 16.1:1 to 14.4:1, and an increase in the front negative camber from 0.8 degree to 1.4 degrees. We saw a very respectable 0.88 on the skidpad and a clipped 160-foot stopping distance from 70 mph.


           * Type of engine: 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
           * Power bhp (kW): 425 bhp (317 kW) @ 6,200 rpm (69.8 bhp/L)
           * Body Type: Two-door coupe
           * Price: $44,380 - $51,170

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