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Well, got out this weekend, went to a Dodge dealer and took a Blue IE 392 for a spin... it was an auto with sunroof and F1's. Mind you, this was a test drive with the salesman riding shotgun, so I didn't REALLY get on it.
*My 07 Charger SRT8 is lowered with KW Variant 1 coilovers (non-adjustable dampening) and exhaust.
The 392 felt tighter... the dampening adjustments Dodge performed were immediately noticeable as the ride felt tighter than my car, even with the KW's. Whereas my KW equipped Charger's ride feels less harsh, the Challengers felt more sporty when hitting the bumps... not jarring, but a firm and solid feel. The turn-in felt crisper as well... I didn't feel AS isolated from the road as I do in my Charger... apparently, Dodge's adjustment of the steering column placement and turn ratio worked fairly well. This car could use a set of Hotchkis sway bars, however. The body roll, while not ridiculous, was noticeable and wasn't confidence inspiring compared to Hotchkis-equipped cars I've driven in. Get the sways on this puppy and you'd be a 4300lb slot car (plus get some NT05's, just for good measure LOL).
I wasn't surprised, nor disappointed. It's faster than the 6.1, even from my rather tame experience... and the power appears to be more readily available. Like I said, I didn't get to hammer it too much, but she was faster and she seemed a little more eager to get up and go.
I love the white seats! But... I took a closer look at the driver's side seat and what did I see? Dirt and/or dye transfer on a new car... the left thigh bolster had it. It was disheartening. This dealership was taking pretty good care of the 3 IE's on their lot. All stored indoors. This is further evidenced in that even the manager seemed to think only 1100 392 Challengers were being made, period; IE or non-IE. I corrected their perception error. But they were careful with these cars, it was rather apparent... and there was still the dirt/dye issue.
On the dealers lot was what I believe was an SE, in Toxic Orange. Before you judge Toxic Orange, see it in person! I wasn't a fan, but seeing it up close, with the dark interior... wow! It's NICE!
My 09 SRT is pretty flat in the corners stock, I'm curious to know how you could make that kind of assessment on the 392 considering you had a salesman in the seat next to you limiting the extent to which you put it through its paces? Sway bars alone could upset the balance of this car in a negative way. It would have been simple for the engineers to have added a sixteenth to the front sway diameter if they felt it would help. I thought the 392 suspension was already stiffer than the 6.1? Can you compare the 392 to a 6.1 Challenger or just your Charger? Thanks for the review!
This was expected because the 6.4 has more low-end torque.
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