Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 vs. Shelby GT350
Video of our muscle car showdown between the 2011 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392
and the 2012 Shelby GT350. Only 1492 Challengers like this one will be
built, and Shelby has a cap of 2200, with only 500. Read the Dodge
Challenger SRT8 392 vs. Shelby GT350 photos and comparison test here:
New Dodge Challenger R/T 2011
This is the new 2011 Dodge Challenger R/T (built Jan 2011). Loaded with
all the options: Power Sunroof, 30 GB Hard Drive, 368-Watt Amplifier, 6.5
Inch Touch Screen with CD/DVD/MP3/HDD and Navigation, 7 Boston Acoustics
Speakers with Subwoofer, Power Heated Mirrors, Security Alarm, Temperature
& Compass Gauge, Tire Pressure Monitoring Display, Remote Start System,
SIRIUS Satellite Radio, Audio Jack, Uconnect with Voice Command, USB port
70 Dodge Challenger on Autobahn (DE), 1
Some high speed testdriving on the German autobahn.
Car spex; see my '70 Dodge Challenger' playlist description:
The 2011 Challenger 392 Inaugural Edition at Infineon. Stock SRT8,
including Eagle F1 tires. No kidding.
Challenger New vs. Old: Vanishing Point Revisited
"Our sole Challenger has just broken the ring of evil the deep blue meanies
have so righteously wrought — get through 'em baby, get through 'em." —
Super Soul, Vanishing Point 1971
It happens deep in the Nevada desert, just past Austin. On a long, straight
section of road with nothing to lose, our friends in the white 1970 Dodge
Challenger R/T finally put the hammer down. At once, the rawness and purity
of Kowalski's ride pulverizes the well-insulated interior of our 2008 Dodge
Challenger SRT8, shredding the peace inside the modern car's cockpit with
the same brute force Kowalski used to pierce a hole in the cool desert air
38 years ago. Even with my right foot buried, I see nothing but taillights
until they disappear into the desert.
In these few brief seconds, the 2008 Dodge Challenger SRT8 is clearly
defined by its soft edges and quiet Exhaust. Manufacturers don't let us feel cars
raw and unfiltered anymore. Hammering down a desert road with a thin-rimmed
steering wheel and pistol-grip shifter — that's raw. Four hundred and
forty cubic inches and a four-speed — that's raw. Powerslides unhampered
by electronic intervention — that's raw.
In 1970, when Kowalski drove this very road — U.S. Highway 50 through
Nevada — he felt it. And it was raw.
2011 Dodge Challenger RT
The new 2011 Dodge Challenger delivers more of what muscle-car enthusiasts
want — a more powerful and efficient engine lineup, maximum grip with an
all-new performance suspension design and even more athletic styling —
all executed with quality and precision.
"To deliver the most thrilling to drive Challenger lineup ever, Dodge
upgraded the iconic coupe's performance hardware for maximum precision and
grip," said Ralph Gilles, President and CEO — Dodge Brand, Chrysler Group
LLC. "From its lighter aluminum Pentastar V-6 engine with 305 standard horsepower,
redesigned aluminum suspension geometry with aggressive negative camber for
better cornering grip, improved feel and fade-resistant braking, to a
near-balanced 50/50 weight distribution, the new 2011 Dodge Challenger has
the hardware to compete."
Improved Agility, High-speed Stability and Braking Performance
The new 2011 Dodge Challenger combines world-class ride, refinement and
braking performance with more power and new track-tuned suspensions to
deliver a thrilling driving experience.
Redesigned to handle the all-new 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine's 305 horsepower (227 kW)
— 55 more horsepower than the previous
V-6 engine — the new 2011 Dodge Challenger SE features a new
road-gripping touring-tuned suspension with wider 18-inch wheels and tires
for added control. In addition, a revised brake-pedal ratio and refined
brake Booster improve braking
response and feel.