2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe

#46
in Midsize coupes
2018 MODEL

Detailed Review

Muscle cars have been around for a very long time and now have developed a separate fanbase. They carry a style statement that sets them a class apart. Ford’s Mustang, Chevrolet’s Camaro and the Dodge’s challenger series are the primary contenders in this category. Packed with massive engines and a vocal grunt under the hood, these three cars mainly form the epitome of American muscle in 2018.

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Pros

Cabin has ample room for four passengers

More comfortable inside when compared to its rivals

Plenty of customization options

User-friendly infotainment system

Cons

Lacks agility

Slightly compromised rear visibility

Aged design

What's New?

Larger Touch screen infotainment

Apple Carplay and Android Auto now supported



Styles

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Granite Pearl Coat

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Trims and Configurations

MSRP


 2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Hemi Scat Pack Shaker

Hemi Scat Pack Shaker

power
485 hp @ 6100 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (recommended)
mpg
17 combined

$41,795


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Hemi Scat Pack Shaker 2dr Coupe (6.4L 8cyl 6M) Starting at $41,795 MSRP (14/17/23) 485 hp @ 6100 rpm, 6.4 L, V8, premium unleaded (recommended)
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6-speed manual rear wheel drive 5 NA

Expert Review


CARHP Editorial Last updated 13 days ago

This year welcomed a new Dodge Challenger SRT 392 coupe, for people inclined towards bigger engines but lesser hooliganism. It carries the same 6.4 L Supercharged V8 mill as its elder siblings, but this one gives significantly lesser power than them. However, underestimating 485 HP of power on tap could be a mistake.

The SRT 392 coupe takes the fight straight to the Mustang GT and Camaro 2SS.

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Features

Dodge is offering an array of optional packages to choose from. There are so many packages, that you can customize the car to its core. You get 8 options of interior lining materials, 14 color choices, 13 types of decals and 18 options of alloy wheels.

 

Standard features include, electrically adjustable 4-way lumbar support, 900-watt 18-speaker system by Harman Kardon, Auto headlamps and windshield wipers, dual zone climate control system and many more.

Trims

SRT 392 (2 door coupe)

MSRP

$51,590

Key Features

Bi-functional HID headlamps

 

Dual zone automatic climate control

 

10-way electrically adjustable driver and front passenger seats

 

Heated and ventilated front row seats

 

Power operated tilt and telescopic steering

 

Leather wrapped, heated steering wheel

 

8.4 inch touchscreen display

 

18 Speaker Harman Kardon speakers

 

Integrated voice command system

Recommendation

The Dodge SRT 392 is itself a trim from a long range of SRTs including the hellcat and the demon. Since, this trim is what we are focusing on, there will be no other option to choose.

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Engine

Those seeking to maximize the Challenger's potential will want the 6.4-liter V-8, which produces 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque. ” - Car and Driver

Engine and Transmission

The SRT 392 packs a humungous 6.4L supercharged V8 which churns out 485 HP of power and throws a 475 ft-lbs of force on the crank. This engine is complemented by an equally ballistic exhaust note that gives the statement of your arrival miles ahead of you.

Power is transferred to the rear wheels via a 6-speed manual stick. The transmission is slick and smooth, works flawlessly and reacts aggressively with downshifts.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe

Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

MSRP

$51,590

$42,995

$40,090

Engine

Supercharged 6.4L V8

Naturally aspirated 6.2L V8

Naturally aspirated 5.0L V8

Transmission

6-Speed manual

6-Speed manual

6-Speed manual

Power (HP)

485 @ 6100 RPM

455 @ 6000 RPM

460 @ 7000 RPM

Torque (ft-lbs)

475 @ 4100 RPM

455 @ 4400 RPM

420 @ 4600 RPM

When it comes to performance figures, the Dodge is the outright winner here with a bigger engine, more power and torque of the three. However, it could be a whole different story once the factor of weight is put in.

Acceleration

Unfortunately, we do not have the acceleration figures of the Dodge Challenger SRT 392. Considering the performance numbers, it is safe to assume that the SRT 392 will be at par with its competition.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe

Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

0-60 MPH

NA

4.0 sec

4.3 sec

Quarter Mile

NA

12.3 sec

12.6 sec

Engine

Supercharged 6.4L V8

Naturally aspirated 6.2L V8

Naturally aspirated 5.0L V8

Emission Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @15K Mi/year

8.6

7.6

8.0

The acceleration data for the Camaro and the Mustang suggest that Camaro is significantly better on the drag strip. Considering the reputation of Dodge, the story won't be much different.

Braking

The massive 15.4 inch discs at the front and 13.8 inch discs at the rear bring the SRT 392 to a halt from 60 MPH in a mere 104 ft. Highly impressive for a 4279 lbs mammoth.

The pedal travel is at a medium level, not too discomforting. The bite from the Brembos, snuck neatly near the discs, is gradual and confident. There is a bit of dive at the front end but nothing to scare you off.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe

Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

Brake pads Front (in)

15.4

NA

13.9

Brake pads Rear (in)

13.8

NA

13

Curb weight (lbs)

4279

3685

3705

60-0 MPH

104 ft.

102 ft.

106 ft.

The Dodge does a fine job to bring itself to a halt in just 104 ft but the Camaro flaunts its lighter weight and does the same job in just 102 ft. The Mustang, despite being lighter than the SRT 392, takes the longest distance to drop to 0 MPH from 60, thus loosing the competition.

Ride and Handling

For a car weighing upwards of 4000 lbs, the SRT 392 is quick to navigate. The steering feedback is definite and moderately sprung. At low speeds, the steering might feel a little over-weighed and could ask for a little getting used to.

The ride quality is plush and feels premium, but that's not what one looks for in a muscle car right? To answer your question, yes considerable amount of body roll is felt inside pushing you from edge to edge on the seat. The suspension setup is on a softer side. All in all, not in a sports car manner, the Dodge SRT 392 is still a playful car offering good amounts of grips on the tarmac.

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Fuel Economy

The 6.4L V8 returns a mileage of 14 MPG in city and 23 MPG on the highway. Slightly below average but, let's just say that the American muscle enthusiasts are very well aware of the small compromise they need to bear in order to be an owner of one.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe

Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

MPG (City)

14

16

15

MPG (Highway)

23

25

25

MPG (Combined)

17

19

18

Camaro, once again, flaunts its light weight and manages to churn out maximum mileage inspite of carrying a 6.2L under the hood. The Mustang follows, with a slightly less mileage and the Dodge is left for the last due to its heavy weight and a bigger engine.

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Interior

The Challenger is a king among coupes with its class-leading passenger and cargo space. It's a far more livable daily driver than its coupe/muscle-car competition. - Edmunds

Seating and Comfort

For a coupe, the SRT 392 is very spacious ,offering a class - leading passenger volume. The last row can incorporate three people at a time with decent amount of legroom. Heated and ventilated seats act as an icing on the cake, promising sheer comfort and a luxury touch.

The seats have big side - bolsters which hug you upon sitting in it. The ingress is convenient due to the large doors and getting into the rear seats is also equally comfortable for a coupe.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe

Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

Passenger Capacity

5

4

4

Front (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

39.3/58.5/42.0

38.5/55.0/43.9

37.6/56.3/45.1

Rear (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (In.)

37.1/53.9/33.1

NA

34.8/52.2/29.0

The competition is left far behind in this segment. The Dodge wins it hands down. The rear seats in the Mustang and the Camaro are not very promising. They feel cramped and are more suited for kids over adults.

Interior Features

Dodge has taken every measure to keep you cozy and involved with it's interiors. Some of them are:

  • Dual Zone automatic climate control system
  • Hectic mesh aluminium interior accents
  • 6-way electrically adjustable driver's seat
  • 4-way electrically adjustable lumbar support
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • 60/40 split folding rear bench with armrest
  • Power operated tilt and telescopic steering
  • SRT-performance leather wrapped flat bottom steering wheel with heating functions
  • Universal garage door opener

Infotainment

The 8.4 inch touchscreen offered in the SRT 392 packs a host of features such as:

  • Apple carplay and Android Auto
  • SirusXM Satellite Navigation system with 1-year free subscription
  • Integrated Voice Command
  • Integrated Bluetooth System with bluetooth streaming
  • Integrated Air conditioning controls and vehicle information
  • 2-USB Ports
  • Harman Kardon 18-speaker system with digital amplifier (900 watt)

Cargo Space

The SRT 392 offers an impressive cargo volume of 16.2 cu.ft. It is the largest cargo area one can find in a coupe. The trunk opening is wide enough enabling comfortable loading. The space offered is ample enough to carry the luggage of all the occupants for a weekend getaway.

Model

Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe

Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

Volume (cu.ft) (All Seats Up)

16.2

9.1

13.5

Chevrolet is kicked out of this competition due to it's puny 9.1 cu.ft. of cargo volume. The Mustang has a significantly larger trunk but doesn't come close to what the Dodge offers.

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Exterior

Like a classic-rock song, the Dodge Challenger quickens the heart rate and stirs up nostalgia. Its old-school roots are obvious; witness the retro design and simplistic interior. - Car and Driver

Dimension and Weight

As the other manufacturers are trying to inculcate sports car DNA into muscle cars, the engineers at Dodge decided to keep their retro design intact. Following the typical definition of the muscle cars, they designed the SRT 392 to have a peculiar road presence. With it's brawny vocals and beefy looks, you won't be mistaken for a Dodge.

The massive size of the SRT 392 overshadows it's rivals. It offers better practicality due to it's 116.2 inches of wheelbase. It is wider, lengthier and bigger than almost any coupe you can possibly think of. If carrying a classic statement your style, the Dodge will highly uplift it.

Models

Dodge Challenger SRT 392

Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe

Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe

Curb weight (lbs)

4279

3685

3705

Length (in)

198.0

188.3

188.5

Width (in) (w/o mirror)

75.7

74.7

75.4

Height (in)

55.9

53.1

54.3

Ground clearance (in)

4.7

NA

NA

Wheelbase (in)

116.2

110.7

107.1

The competition struggles to come close to the Dodge. It is just, hands down, massive. The Camaro follows leaving the Mustang struggling to keep up.

Exterior Features

  • Power-operated, heated exterior rear-view mirrors
  • Rain sensitive windshield wipers
  • Automatic Bi-functional HID headlamps
  • Gloss black split front grill
  • Center air-intake on front hood
  • 20-inch low gloss black aluminium wheels

 

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Safety

Safety Features

  • Rear view camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Blind Spot Monitoring with rear cross-paths detection
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Rear parking assist
  • Full-speed forward collision warning
  • Lane departure warning with lane keep assist
  • Electronic Stability Control
  • Rain sensitive windshield wipers
  • Rain brake support
  • Multistage driver and front passenger airbag
  • Driver and passenger seat mounted side airbags
  • Side-curtain airbags
  • Hill start assist


     

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Competition

Dodge Challenger SRT 392 vs Chevrolet Camaro 2SS Coupe:

The Camaro offers agility, better stability and grip around the corners. The Dodge on the other hand is more focused towards the creature comfort while still following the typical muscle car portfolio. It offers outright acceleration but you cannot throw the Dodge into corners. In terms of space , the Camaro doesn't even stand close to the Dodge. To sum it up, if you go out for occasional track days and mostly use the first row only, Camaro is better. For everyday practicality, The Dodge lunges ahead of the Camaro.

Dodge Challenger SRT 392 vs Ford Mustang GT Premium Coupe:

The Mustang was once a legend in the family of muscle cars. Ford, then, decided to mix the muscle and sports to create the 2018 Mustang GT. The engine is quite small for a muscle car. It also produces less power figures and and is also lighter. To sum it up, it has lost all that a muscle car is known to have. If muscle car in it's trues form is what you are looking for, The Dodge makes a better sense out of the two.

2018 Dodge Challenger 392 Coupe Final Verdict

The Dodge follows the typical design language of a Muscle car. Beefy looks, brawny vocals under the hood, massive road presence and a scintillating exhaust note merged with everyday practicality defines the Dodge Challenger SRT 392. Take the leap and spend extra 10k over other cars and it shall prove to be worth every penny.