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The Dodge Charger is steeped in American muscle car history. From the low, wide, ‘what’s-aerodynamics?’ demeanor of the first generation to the resurrected four-door, the muscle is alive. Additionally, one of the finest qualities that the Dodge Charger offers to Mopar fans is the variety in the trim lineup. You have probably heard of most of the trims, but what is an SRT 392? 

What does SRT 392 mean? 

What is a Dodge Charger SRT 392
The Charger SRT-8 was a predecessor to the SRT 392 | Scott Olson, Getty Images

Dodge likes its abbreviations. For example, you may have seen a T/A painted on Dodge muscle cars before. The bold T/A lettering on the side of the brutes denotes “Trans Am,” after the racing series. Another example is the popular Dodge models reading R/T or Road/Track. However, one acronym stands above the rest: SRT. 

SRT stands for ‘Street and Racing Technology’ and is reserved for the most brutally powerful of Mopar muscle. The beloved Hellcats and Demons both wear the SRT badge proudly. Before the top-tier monsters gained the name, vehicles like the Chrysler 300 SRT-8 and even a Dodge Neon SRT-4 wore it. In addition to the SRT prefix, the 392 represents the engine’s cubic inches. The Dodge Charger SRT 392 packed a 485-horsepower 392 cubic inch, or 6.4L, naturally aspirated engine.  

Is the Charger SRT 392 a Scat Pack? 

What is a Dodge Charger SRT 392
Dodge Charger | Raymond Boyd, Getty Images

The 6.4L eight-cylinder engine also has a home in the Dodge Charger and Challenger Scat Pack. It sounds like a funny name, but it represents some of the baddest muscle cars on the market. According to MotorTrend, Scat Pack’s name draws inspiration from a group of late sixties muscle cars with quarter-mile times faster than 15 seconds. While that may not seem very quick by today’s standards, it was very fast back in 1968. 

The Charger SRT 392 and the Charger Scat Pack are two separate cars. Although they pack the same wicked “Apache” Hemi powerplant, they are in a few ways different. First, the SRT 392 is an SRT product. That means the Charger model has different badges. Next, the Scat Pack and the SRT have a slight generational difference. The 392 had a tenure until 2018, when Dodge discontinued the beast. The Apache 392ci Hemi V8 lived on, though. Dodge still makes the Charger Scat Pack and Challenger Scat Pack today. 

How much is a Dodge Charger SRT 392? 

Considering that Dodge stopped making the Charger SRT 392 in 2018, there isn’t a starting price. However, an 2018 SRT 392 in good condition will run consumers around $46,000 to $48,000, give or take. That’s more than the Kelley Blue Book (KBB) value of the similarly powered Charger Scat Pack. A 2018 Charger Scat Pack will run consumers about $37,000 to $39,000. It’s not just the name, though. Shoppers who opt for the SRT will get a leather interior, ventilated seats (depending on age), and those iconic SRT badges.

Should you buy a Dodge Charger SRT 392? 

What is a Dodge Charger SRT 392
The Scat Pack and SRT were available as both Challengers and Chargers | Raymond Boyd, Getty Images

The Dodge Charger SRT 392 is no longer being made, and the gas-powered muscle cars in the current Dodge lineup probably won’t last long. If you want to enjoy a bit of four-door American muscle sedan style with a big, angry heart, get yourself an SRT 392. Scroll down to the following article to read about why you should buy a Charger over a Nissan Maxima.  

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