Challenger SRT8 Takes Jay Leno For A Ride!

Last month our president and CEO Ralph Gilles stopped by Jay Leno’s Garage with our latest weapon from the Dodge war chest – Challenger SRT8 392! While Jay may have been lukewarm with the “Green with Envy”, color (it’s an acquired taste you know), he was awestruck with tire scorching performance of the 470 horsepower 392 HEMI®. Jay also dug the refinements we made in the suspension and handling department along with the subtle interior improvements. Enough of our chit chat, we’ll let the video of Jay and Ralph tooling around the streets of Los Angeles laying down a smoky burnout, tell it like it is!


    Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    Finally, some good stuff on Thanks!

    Posted March 9, 2011 at 3:29 pm | Permalink

    Thanks! Jay and Ralph having some fun in that 392!

  • NeonNites
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

    Even Jay Leno is NOT a fan of this new shade of green. Doesn’t that tell you something? People want the old high impact colors NOT these diluted, polluted, misguided versions of color. You go to a Chevy dealer and you can find a Camaro in every color of the rainbow. You go to a Dodge dealer and you have to trade in your car two or three years early because they will never offer the color again. This is a heck of a way to attract new customers or should I say lose the loyal customers you already have.

  • roadntrack
    Posted March 9, 2011 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    Yep,the color choices are pretty lame for 2011
    I would love to see R4 on these! (1969 color)

    Posted March 10, 2011 at 1:12 am | Permalink

    I have to agree with “roadntrack” about the color palette for the Challenger. LAME as lame can be. The monster of all sports car with a new 392 HEMI and the best you can do is this funky green. Does this mean only old color blind men can afford the SRT Challenger? I suppose so. I still think you should offer some bright colors for the true sports car fans. Even if you have to change the shade to a brighter yellow (lemon twist) or brighter orange and call it something else so the hemi orange guys don’t get upset. But no, we make the shades duller and duller and even have to call it toxic orange because it is so bad and revolting to the eye. Are there two shades of gray now? I am so glad I broke down and bought my plum crazy purple Challenger when I had the chance. Thank you Dodge for waiting to offer the good colors until later (a few years from now when I will be ready to trade in this one). By then you should have an 8 speed tranny, 426 HEMI, shaker hood, rallye wheels, and more. Next year’s optional colors can be copper, gold, brown, beige, and yet another shade of gray. Hopefully you won’t charge $1000 extra for high impact colors like you do for that new shade of red that you have now. To be honest, I thought the Torred looked better. It will be interesting to see how many people buy that color. I guess you don’t have a choice if you want a red sports car. The point to all this mindless babble is that you need to offer at least one bright high impact color for all the mopar faithfull. You owe it to them for hanging in there with you during all those bankruptcies. At any rate, you are headed in the right direction, you just need a little more color in your life to spice things up a bit.

  • 440
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Dont mind the color,kind of reminds me of Sassy Grass Green..
    Lime green is way too bright for my taste..
    They need Hemi Orange back…B-5 Blue..Lemon Twist Yellow…
    Thank God they still have Black !!! And Tor Red (love that color) !
    Hey DODGE,thank you for calling it a 392 !!! V-8’s need to be in cubic inches !!!

  • Duster Dave
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    I never cease to be amazed. Were these people around in the early 80s when there were NO performance cars available from Chyrsler? Just a bunch of Lee Iacocca crapboxes with no personality. Chrysler gives us a great Challenger lineup with real muscle and all some people can do is bitch about color hues. GWE is a great color that stands on its own. Personally, I prefer Sublime too, but that’s no reason rip Mopar for “not listening to their loyal customers.” Why can’t there be a new breed of high impact colors for the current cars? In a few years, the new muscle cars will either be gone or emasculated. Enjoy what we have now and quit the childish complaining about every little detail. No car maker is going to build a car just for YOU.

  • Hunter
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:00 am | Permalink

    2011 dodge viper acr

  • Bill Camit
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I would love to go for a ride in a new all wheel drive Charger. They look sweet. I hope to one day after my Ram deisel is paid off, to own one of those Chargers. I really like the blacked out front end too. Good job!!!!!!!

  • Posted March 10, 2011 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    enjoyed the video of a great car. thanks jay and ralph and rld for posting.

  • 440
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Permalink

    @Duster Dave,

    Where was I in the 80’s….
    I was a kid/teen in the 80’s…My mom had a black 85 Daytona Turbo Z,t-tops,leather…pretty cool car,moved pretty good once you spooled up the Turbo(leaving at a higher rpm),could shave a second off the reported 0-60 and 1/4 mile times by doing so,but you gotta leave with tires spinning….my dad was an avid racer/Mopar guy back then …..being a Mopar fan you should know they made good cars in the 80’s as well..My dads RamCharger wasnt a crap box,360 4bbl no lean burn…
    No,the 80’s didnt have cars that were rwd,high powered V-8’s so you are right there.
    But the 80’s,90’s,00’s or even today they dont have a car that I really want or wanted, so I bought /kept a 68 Charger R/T ,bought it when I was 14, I still own today..
    The new Challenger is a hot looking car,and extrememly glad they make them,but I like the looks and feel of my 68 Charger r/t,68 300 and my cloned 70 Challenger r/t ,but for newer vehicles I love my Ram SRT 10 ,drove my 2006 Charger 85,000 miles but it doesnt compare to the feel of a 68 Charger..I even owned a Viper for awhile,great car but cops were always on my tail..
    p.s my uncle bought my moms Daytona and drove it 300,000 miles on the original engine/transmission,was a 2.2 turbo..he kept it until 2001,with 2 timing belt changes and 1 head gasket at 200,000 ! Nice handling/smooth quick car,not a crap box..

  • prowler
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    I love this color. That’s why I’ve got a GWE SRT on order. And I’m a big sublime lover but I perfer this update. The problem as of now is that Dodge is apparenlty getting NO informantion to the dealers or the field on whats going on regarding availability. Now there’s been some new info that on 4/12 there going to start the RT line in this color. Why all the silence? It’s not like were going to cancel our orders. If there’s a part problem then fine. But tell us something.

  • moparman
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps another way to look at it is, if the color is the only thing they are complaining about, then the car must be pretty good.

    An example, if the only thing a military unit has to complain about while on deployment to Iraq, is which patch they “had” to wear on their shoulder, then that wasn’t too bad of a deployment.

    In contrast, how many things do you hear being commented on and complained about on the 2011 charger?

    I think the challenger is easily the better car of the two, and I think the lack of serious complaints/issues is a tribute to that.

    P.S.: I agree that sublime / sassy grass would have been better, the original version, not an updated one. But at least they didn’t try to pass this color off as one of the old ones.

  • Matthew
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Permalink

    Another thumbs down to $1000 for red. Come on. Red?

    Posted March 10, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Permalink

    I like the 2011 Dodge Charger miles per gallon YouTube clip you have posted to the right. Now, that is advertising at its best.

  • David Kain
    Posted March 10, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Permalink

    I have been saying the colors for 2011 are sorry since they announced them.. They have Silver and Titanium ( ok we need 2 different shades of silver?) and then Black and the Blackberry color ( I saw this on a Nitro and it is almost undetectable from Black. so there are 2 more almost exact colors.. Chrysler Styling needs to remove their heads from there you know whats and LISTEN to the buying public. Come on Ralph I know you get it, but your still off the mark .. And Don’t get me going on the new Charger SRT8 with the Audi / Mitu front end on it.. Oh my god is that sorry! Ralph give me a call.. I can help and a lot less that Charlie Sheen would charge you…

  • prowler
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    I don’t think complaining is a accurate. I’ve ordered many new Chrysler products. And I’ve always had a great time doing so. This is the first time I’ve ordered a car and it’s been met with total silence. If there’s some problem/considerations going on then fine. But say something.

  • USponycar
    Posted March 12, 2011 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    My PCP Classic was delivered a year ago on St. Patrick’s day and it’s been a thrill to own and drive ever since. So much so, that when the GWE SRT ordering opened, it was a no brainer to jump on one!
    In YOUR opinion, you may think this color doesn’t cut it, but a person that’s actually seen one in person said it’s the best color offered yet. I also wanted Sublime Green, but the GWE will suit me just fine, thank you very much.
    I agree the other color offerings are not varied enough. Blackberry may as well be black AFAIK. Unless you stand 2 feet away in direct sunlight to see the metal flake tint, they look the same. I’m loving the high impact colors though. They’re the ONLY one’s I’ll ever consider because I like to stand out from the crowd.

  • 440
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 9:05 am | Permalink

    I must disagree with Mr.Leno….
    Old Mopar’s handle and stop good as well…they stop from 60 in 120 feet,thats and 1960’s-1970’s Mopar..
    I am so sick of hearing old cars dont stop or handle,obviousy there car is shot..(only ones that are bad are non power brakes)
    A 426 HEMI will average up to 13 city driving mpg ( CarLife 1969 test) under normal driving conditions,and down to 7ish when you floor it all the time ..
    Furthermore,Old cars are safe,his buddies he said that were hurt in the old cars most likely did not wear a seat belt…or drove an inferior brand x product..(since he referred to a 65 Mustang)
    I bought/owned many old Mopars and even the restored ones sometimes were in worse mechanical shape than an all original one,I bought a restored 71 383 Cuda it sqeaked,rattled and pulled to the left when stopping,and at highway speeds the car wondered all over the road,and the guy who sold it to me said they all are like that..Yeah sure buddy !!..I also had a beat up 300,000+ mile 70 383 Cuda ,3 different colors,interior was in need of help,the car drove straight and stopped straight going and coming from 140 mph !! Never rattled or sqeaked ,my 68 Charger/300/70 Challenger perfect and quiet….

    .anyways,the new Challenger is an awesome car glad Mr.Leno agree’s (minus the color)He is right,it is a perfect balance of smooth ride/comfort and handling..I cant stand rough ridding cars..

    Posted March 13, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Permalink

    440, you are correct. My Superbird with the 440 six pack gets 12 mpg all day long and that is beating on it at every other light. I do not know where he is coming up with 7 mpg. By the way, the car stops on a dime and the ride is much better than my new Challenger. I hardly feel any bumps in the Superbird. I think it is mainly due to the fact that it doesn’t have 20″ wheels with bicycle tires on it that hardly have any air in them. These low profile tires give you a very rough ride. It handles good enough…I am not entering it in road courses so who cares.

  • Dave
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:42 am | Permalink

    I don’t get where all these feeble, drawn out complaints are coming from. Are you guys just here to crap on everyone’s day? First off Redline 3 Pearl, with it’s new paint process is only a $500 MSRP option.. and that’s CANADIAN pricing, so I don’t know where the “$1,000” Red paint is coming from… 2 gray’s… 2 blacks… clearly you guys are not familiar with Dodge’s color line-up. Billet and Tungstin are two DIFFERENT shades, one being silver and the other being a much more sinister “smoke”, A MILLION times BETTER than “Dark Titanium”, Blackberry has so much blue and purple in it the only way it looks black is at night or on a dark overcast day (Hello, Deep Water Blue anyone??) ALSO, what’s the point of creating this New Challenger and not having a new color selection, I mean not a single person has commented on the fact that all SRT’s now have “Mustang” stripes on it and have done away with the retro stripe that 08-10 SRT’s had…. And then we have some troll telling us that he needs to talk to Ralph Gilles RE: 2011 Charger design??? Who is this guy??? I mean the new Charger design has fans and journalist alike drooling over it, but this clown thinks it looks too Audi or Mitsu? COME ON MAN, I dare you to see this car in person then tell me you have the same feeling.. the front end proportions are so three-dimensional and in your face, pictures just don’t do it’s justice, there are no Audi or Mitsu’s ON THE ROAD that share a front -end like the new Charger, and if by chance he was referring to the 2012 Charger SRT8, then I’d have to disagree again, because there are undeynable cues from an EVO, there’s more GTR in the front end, and on a 4-door 365HP Animal, that’s not a bad thing.

  • NeonNites
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Permalink

    Dave, you are darn right we are complaining because everything we have said is true and obviously you are colorblind. The black and the blackberry are very close in color. Very close! Gray, smoke, whatever…boring. Again, we said that we don’t like it. That doesn’t mean most of the public that buys Toyotas and Hondas wouldn’t like it or that you wouldn’t like it. And if that is what it takes to sell cars then do it. The new SRT8 Charger with the big black hole in the front end looks stupid. Plain and simple. Even Audi has the four rings in it to break up the grille. Again, if that is what the average American wants to buy then do it. This is just our opinion, not yours. Dodge wants feed back so we give them feed back. As for the Redline paint, on the website (USA) it states $995 extra for the Charger and Challenger and $295 extra for the Durango. Canada is a whole different story because they overcharge you for the cars in the first place. Everyone has an opinion and the bottom line is you do what sells. If the gray and blackberry sell then keep painting them gray and blackberry. Fine with me.

  • Mark Axe
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    All i can say is I’m glad i didn’t wait for a green, big disappointment. Maybe you guys need a refresher course. Here we go: Sublime/Limelight, Lemon Twist/Top Banana, Green Go/Sassy Grass, Curious Yellow/Citron Yella, Butterscotch/Bahama Yellow, Vitamin C/Go Mango, Panther Pink/Moulin Rouge and Petty Blue. People want to relive the past, not a new knock off color that resembles the past. If you guys you the original paint code, FM3, on the pink car, sorry fuschia, i would own 2 challengers instead of 1. Its kinda like your wife asking what everyone wants for dinner, you get 3 for burgers and she makes tuna casserole

    Posted March 14, 2011 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    @Mark Axe, we are with you. There should always be one wild retro high impact color offered each year. Always! You can also introduce the other new colors as well. In this way, you pick up a variety of people who want to purchase the car. If it appeals to more people, then you will sell more cars. Not too difficult of a business model. I cannot say I am happy with Ralph’s business decisions but maybe he is selling a lot of cars. All I can say is that if the Charger looked a lot more like a 1969 then you couldn’t make enough of them. Especially, if it came in a two door. This whole SUV thing is a pile of crap. My kids love cruising in my plum crazy purple Challenger and we take cross country trips in it. They do not mind sitting in the back because they do not want to be seen in my wife’s medium brown GMC Acadia. I know I grew up sitting in the back seat of a two door 1968 Plymouth Fury III fast top for most of my life and I never complained. The car looked cool. Driving around houses (SUVs) is just a waste of gas. You only live once, so you should only drive cool looking cars. I will never go back to a four door ever again. People have been brainwashed to buy these huge vehicles. The only time you need a truck or SUV is if you tow a lot of things or use it as a work truck. If not, then rent a U haul when you need one. It is a lot cheaper.

  • Donny Carlson
    Posted March 14, 2011 at 11:05 pm | Permalink

    I really like the improvements to the 2011 Challengers, and even have considered trading my 2009 SRT for one. I’m hedging, though, because the plan to freshen the design for 2012 will surely mean some of the better interior improvements now seen on the 2011 Charger should make it to the 2012 Challengers. I’ve also read that the Garmin nav unit has been pretty uniformly panned by car mags, though I have to admit I liked the unit I saw in a 2011 Charger. I know I’d love a new 2011 392 SRT, but when the 2012’s hit dealers with the ability to stream music from iphones and other kinds of smartphones, upgraded power on the sound systems, and other dash/control improvements, I’ll be wanting to trade again.

    What I’d really like to see is a T/A Challenger, with functional T/A scoop, graphics, and side exit exhaust like the orginals. Dodge offers these, and I am so buying one.

    Posted March 16, 2011 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Skip the electronic toys,give me a 426 instead!

  • USponycar
    Posted April 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Permalink

    Okay, so I ordered a GWE SRT8 months ago so WHERE ARE THEY? They haven’t even started being built yet and, by the time they are delivered, the 2011 model year will have closed. In a TV show it was stated Dodge can build and deliver a car in 60 days from date of order. I DON’T THINK SO! Dodge needs to get their act together if they expect to be competitive and survive.

  • Hurrikain
    Posted April 18, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    I personally think we should all wait till 2012 and see if they get the message. I had a Green with Envy R/T ordered and I let the dealer know I was passing on it. It is sad as I live Chrysler products but when the management doesn’t get it it really makes you wonder about your loyalty. I also have heard that the 2012’s will have a lot of interior updates and hope that  means a better deal on adding a touchscreen radio to the vehicle.

    Posted July 15, 2011 at 11:28 pm | Permalink

    I love all SRT8’s GWE pics don’t do this car justice. I knew it was the chosen one from a 100 ft away. Only car I ever bought without driving her first. DODGE & Ralph Gilles Hit the Grand SLAM with this one!!!

    Posted July 18, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Permalink

    While at the dealer yesterday I saw a 2011  WRANGLER painted  PB4 “COSMOS BLUE”
     ( which is very close to PETTY BLUE )

    The CHALLENGER would look great in this color! How about it DODGE BOYS?
    Give us some better color choices

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