With appropriate props to the past and an eye to the future, the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket rumbled its way into the LA limelight. Named after a 1970 Dodge Challenger concept car, this latest limited-edition iteration amps-up the visual volume of a standard Challenger SRT8 with its distinctive Stinger Yellow paint set off by black accent elements. It's a high-profile match that Ralph Gilles, President and CEO - SRT Brand and Motorsports, notes "speaks directly to the performance enthusiast who appreciates a memorable and collectible color that helps deliver even more excitement and exclusivity."
This new-gen Yellow Jacket packs the same 6.4-liter Hemi V8 found in the baseline Challenger SRT8. The 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque it cranks out heard to rear wheels by either a standard Tremec six-speed manual transmission or an optional five-speed automatic that also brings steering-wheel-mounted paddle shifters. Either engine/trans pairing also includes a limited-slip differential will send the Yellow Jacket streaking from 0-60 mph in under five seconds. However, only the autoshifted Hemi features Fuel Saver Technology that can deactivate four cylinders during low-stress driving.
A new SRT-spec adaptive damping suspension underpins this high-energy super coupe. It's specifically tuned for the Challenger SRT8 392 and offering driver-selectable "Auto" and "Sport" modes, it endows the 2012 Yellow Jacket with the quickest turn-in and most agile handling of any SRT product currently on the market. To further boost its enthusiast appeal, the the package also includes a three-mode electronic stability control system, ultra-capable Brembo brakes and lightweight 20-inch forged alloy wheels wrapped in Goodyear Eagle RSA or optional Goodyear F1 Supercar tires.
Inside, the Yellow Jacket features standard leather seats with a contrasting Stinger Yellow trim band, silver accent stitching and embroidered Yellow Jacket logos. Dodge plans to limit production of the 2012 Dodge Challenger SRT8 392 Yellow Jacket to a maximum of 1,000 units. Dealers will begin taking orders for the cars starting next month, and deliveries will commence early in 2012.