That’s right, it’s a 392. It’s not a 5.0L, a 4.7, or whatever liter rating other cars of its class. It’s a 392. Like the classic American muscle cars that preceded it, Dodge has decided to return to the American muscle cubic-inch engine measurement. And they’ve returned to it in full-force. This HEMI 392 V8 should hearken back to one of Dodge’s greatest engine achievements ever, the original V8 392 HEMI, which was an absolute monster and one of the meanest and most respected engines of the original Pony Car period.
This 392 HEMI (which is a 6.4L V8 for all those curious) is a monster. It puts out 470 HP, and does so with a lot of brute force. Increasing the HP of the preceding Challenger SRT-8 (which boasted a 6.1L V8) was the most pertinent part of Dodge’s development on this engine. The fact that they returned to the American system of measurement for the engine was more a marketing decision, but a good one at that. Going along with everything this current-gen group of Pony cars has preached, the new Dodge Challenger SRT-8 really embodies the classic American muscle spirit, and does so with great bravado.
So look for this gorgeous Dodge and it’s exciting engine badge in the year to come. The 392 SRT-8 will be the 2012 Challenger model, and should be tearing up pavement near you very soon.