2011 Dodge Challenger - Road Test Specs

2011 Dodge Challenger Coupe

(6.4L V8 6-speed Manual)
Vehicle
Model year2011
MakeDodge
ModelChallenger ST8 392
Style2dr Coupe (6.4L 8cyl 6M)
Base MSRP$44,680 (includes destination and gas-guzzler tax)
Options on test vehicle392 Inaugural Edition Package ($1,995 -- includes dual white center stripes, leather seats with stripes, polished 20-by-9-inch wheels with black accents, Mopar quad exhaust); Media Center 430N ($395 -- includes Sirius travel link with 1-year service, Sirius Satellite Radio, Garmin navigation system, 6.5-inch touchscreen display, 30GB hard drive with 4,250-song capacity); Five-Speed Automatic Transmission ($995); Power Sunroof ($950); SRT Option Group II ($695 -- includes 13 Kicker high-performance speakers, 200-watt Kicker subwoofer, 322-watt Kicker amplifier); Front 245/45ZR20 and Rear 255/45ZR20 Performance Tires ($100).
As-tested MSRP$49,810
Drivetrain
Drive typeRear-wheel Drive
Engine typeNaturally aspirated, port-injected, V8, gasoline with cylinder deactivation
Displacement (cc/cu-in)6,424cc (392 cu-in)
Block/head materialIron/aluminum
ValvetrainPushrod, two valves per cylinder with hydraulic lifters, variable cam timing
Compression ratio (x:1)10.9:1
Redline (rpm)6,250
Horsepower (hp @ rpm)470 @ 6,000
Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)470 @ 4,200
Fuel type91-octane recommended
Transmission typeFive-speed automatic with console shifter
Transmission and axle ratios (x:1)I = 3.59; II = 2.19; III = 1.41; IV = 1.00; V = 0.83; Final drive = 3.06
Chassis
Suspension, frontIndependent, high-mount upper A-arm, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar, lateral and diagonal lower links
Suspension, rearIndependent multilink, coil springs, monotube dampers, stabilizer bar
Steering typeHydraulic-assist, speed-proportional, rack-and-pinion power steering
Steering ratio (x:1)14.4:1
Tire brandGoodyear
Tire modelEagle F1 Supercar
Tire typeAsymmetrical, three-season, high-performance
Tire size, front245/45ZR20 99Y
Tire size, rear255/45ZR20 101Y
Wheel size20-by-9 inches front and rear
Wheel materialForged aluminum
Brakes, front14.2-by-1.3-inch ventilated and slotted discs with four-piston fixed aluminum calipers
Brakes, rear13.8-by-1.1-inch ventilated discs with four-piston fixed aluminum calipers
Track Test Results
Acceleration, 0-30 mph (sec.)2.0
0-45 mph (sec.)3.0
0-60 mph (sec.)4.5
0-75 mph (sec.)6.2
1/4-mile (sec. @ mph)12.6 @ 112.1
0-60 with 1 foot of rollout (sec.)4.2
Braking, 30-0 mph (ft.)30
60-0 mph (ft.)114
Slalom, 6 x 100 ft. (mph)67
Skid pad, 200-ft. diameter (lateral g)0.88
Sound level @ idle (dB)50.5
@ Full throttle (dB)81.0
@ 70 mph cruise (dB)68.0
Test Driver Ratings & Comments
Acceleration commentsThe Challenger 392 struggled to put the power of its new engine to the tarmac; it spun the tires wildly even with ESP on. The quickest run was achieved with ESP off by using slightly less than full throttle initially off the line until the rear tires had traction. The automatic's manual-shift mode gives quick, but very abrupt shifts. We used this mode to get the quickest time; it still upshifts for itself anyway. Strangely, in full automatic Drive mode it banged into the rev limiter once before shifting from 1st to 2nd.
Braking commentsPedal is nice and firm. Stopping distances were short and remained consistent, as did the pedal feel and pedal travel even after repeated runs.
Handling commentsSlalom: Dodge has definitely improved the SRT8's handling. It no longer feels like such a heavy, sloppy beast, even though it's actually even heavier than before; steering is quicker and sharper. But this is still a very wide and heavy car with which to steer around the cones quickly. It was important to drive particularly smooth with ESP on, as the system cuts in very aggressively, thereby ruining the run. Skid pad: Careful throttle control is needed to keep from overshooting the arc, as it's easy to get the Challenger into an understeer push. ESP-on runs proved just as good as ESP-off, but easier to achieve because the stability system was quite adept at cutting in at the exact right time to keep the car on the intended line.
Testing Conditions
Elevation (ft.)1,121
Temperature (F)71.3
Relative humidity (%)23.7
Wind (mph, direction)4.5, headwind
Fuel Consumption
EPA fuel economy (mpg)14 city/22 highway/16 combined
Edmunds observed (mpg)13.9 worst/16.3 best/14.5 avg (over 717 miles)
Fuel tank capacity (U.S. gal.)19
Dimensions & Capacities
Curb weight, mfr. claim (lbs.)4,160
Curb weight, as tested (lbs.)4,257
Weight distribution, as tested, f/r (%)55/45
Length (in.)197.7
Width (in.)75.7
Height (in.)57.1
Wheelbase (in.)116.0
Track, front (in.)63.0
Track, rear (in.)63.1
Turning circle (ft.)37.5
Legroom, front (in.)42.0
Legroom, rear (in.)32.6
Headroom, front (in.)39.3
Headroom, rear (in.)37.4
Shoulder room, front (in.)58.2
Shoulder room, rear (in.)53.9
Seating capacity5
Cargo volume (cu-ft)16.2
Warranty
Bumper-to-bumper3 years/36,000 miles
Powertrain5 years/100,000 miles
Corrosion5 years/100,000 miles
Roadside assistance3 years/36,000 miles
Free scheduled maintenanceNot available
Safety
Front airbagsStandard
Side airbagsStandard
Head airbagsStandard
Antilock brakesStandard
Traction controlStandard
Stability controlStandard
Tire-pressure monitoring systemStandard

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