Challenger SRT 392 Makes Short Work of Police Course: Track Time Tuesday
Adaptive suspension, Brembo brakes and SRT power help this Challenger get around the track in a hurry.
The Dodge Challenger doesn’t get much credit for its handling, with many people passing the modern Mopar muscle car off as nothing more than a big, heavy drag strip car. Sure, they are unquestionably the best car on the market for someone who wants to dominate the drag strip with a factory-stock car, but that doesn’t mean that it can’t turn. In this week’s Track Time Tuesday video, coming to us from the MiHiHemi YouTube channel, we see that the brawny brawler handles a curvy track well in SRT 392 form.
In the video above, we get to ride along with Greg Enger as he blasts around the Colorado State Patrol training facility in his 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT 392.
This car is nearly stock in the video, packing a 485-horsepower, 392-cubic inch Hemi mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission, along with SRT adaptive suspension and a big Brembo braking package. The only upgrades are the KW adjustable lowering springs, which provide a more aggressive stance while helping in the corners, along with the 285/35/20 Continental Extreme Contact Sport tires at all four corners.
For those unsure, the SRT 392 package comes with similar wheels, tires, brakes and suspension to that of the Hellcat, but rather than the supercharger 6.2-liter V8, this car has the naturally aspirated 6.4-liter mill. Enger is currently in the process of building a naturally aspirated 426-cubic inch stroker motor, but when he went to the Colorado State Police track last September, the car was stock shy of the springs and tires. Even with that in mind, this 6.4-liter Hemi-powered Mopar muscle car gets around the track in a hurry.
State Police Training Track
Enger explained to me that his local Challenger club is heavily involved with the Colorado State Police fallen officers fund, so the authorities are kind enough to share their training track with the club. The footage above comes from one of those days, with the club exercising their Mopar muscle cars on the same track where the local police learn to chase down bad guys.
In the video, we can monitor vehicle speed, engine RPM, gear selection, throttle input, brake input, G forces, lap timing and a track map. We can see that this is a track that caters to big-speed cars like the SRT Challenger, with a series of straightaways separated by a couple hard turns and one larger chicane. The big, black muscle car roars down the straights, but it also has no problem getting slowed down for the hard turns or carving through the higher-speed turns.
Crank up your speakers and enjoy!