2015 Dodge Charger SRT 392 vs. 2015 Chevy SS
In any discussion of performance vehicles, the Dodge Charger is bound to make an appearance. It has been tearing up the roadways since 1966, blazing a reputation for high speeds, powerful performance, and cutting-edge style.
The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT 392 represents the culmination of all the best that Dodge has had to offer. Though it falls short of the goliath that is the Charger Hellcat, it offers some of the best stats on a performance vehicle in the current market.
Chevrolet produces a worthy competitor in the new SS, but ultimately, the sporty sedan falls slightly short of the Charger’s specs across the board. The Chevy SS is a good value for those who want a stylish and powerful ride, but for those who want the best in the class, the 215 Dodge Charger SRT 392 is the clear winner.
Interior and Exterior Styling
The Charger SRT 392 reflects the classic Charger styling, with a muscular body with a beefy front end. A thin horizontal grille sweeps into the slit-like head lights, and a body-colored bar sits above the remainder of the oversized grille. Small day time running lights sit just inches from the ground.
An air intake juts up from the center of the hood, giving the car a distinctive race car look.
The exterior also features sculpted side panels, a rear spoiler, and a tail light that runs across the entire rear end.
Meanwhile, the Chevy SS looks like your standard sedan, with a sleek, aerodynamic body. The split grille includes a body-color bar, with the bowtie logo in the middle. Routine head lights are mounted over some interesting day time running lights.
The side panels are smooth but for a simple chrome accent behind the wheel well.
A small rear spoiler is featured at the back, but no other notable details are included in the rear fascia.
The Chevy SS will definitely fit the bill if you want a nice-looking car for your family or for business relations. However, if you want a car with a little more pizzazz, you’ll definitely want to opt for the Charger SRT 392.
The sedans fare similarly once you take a look on the inside. The Dodge Charger SRT 392 has a gorgeous interior that features Nappa leather and suede inserts, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, heated and ventilated front seats, a tilt and telescoping steering wheel, and a uniquely designed steering wheel with a flat bottom.
Retro-inspired accents like the T-handle shifter (available with the automatic transmission) are paired with modern technology like the 8.4-inch Infotainment touch screen.
Inside the Chevy SS, you’ll find simulated suede inserts, chrome trim, sport seats, a high-resolution display on the instrument panel, and an 8-inch MyLink touch screen. The system also includes smart phone integration, though reviewers report the response time can be slow.
The Chevy SS comes with a 6.2-liter LS3 V8 engine that gets 415 horsepower and 415 pounds per feet of torque. The engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission. The SS can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.6 seconds and can reach a top speed of 160 mph.
It can go from 0 to 100 mph in 10.7 seconds and can complete a standing quarter mile in a flat 13 seconds.
All that power comes at a price: The SS only gets 14 mpg and is hit by the federal gas guzzler tax.
Not surprisingly, the Charger SRT 392 tops those specs. The Charger comes with a naturally aspirated 6.4-liter HEMI V8 that puts out 485 horse power and 475 pounds per feet of torque. It is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that includes manual shift control.
It can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 4.3 seconds and has a top speed of 175 mph. It can go from 0 to 100 mph in 9.8 seconds and can complete a standing quarter mile in just 12.4 seconds.
The Charger doesn’t fare much better in fuel efficiency: It gets only 15 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway. However, when you buy a performance vehicle, you already know that you are sacrificing efficiency for power.
The Charger outperforms the Chevy SS hands down.
When you drive cars that have the capacity these two do for reaching top speeds, you need to be sure that they are also safe. Both the Charger and the SS have plenty of safety features to minimize your risk on the road.
The Dodge Charger SRT 392 includes standard safety features like anti-lock brakes, stability and traction control, active front head restraints, rear parking sensors and a rear-view mirror.
Some optional safety features include a blind-spot warning system, lane-departure warning system, lane keep assist, front collision warning system, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control. Some of the airbags include side impact airbags, driver knee airbag, and side curtain airbags.
The Chevy SS stands out in this category since it offers almost all of those features as standard. It also includes the OnStar system, which automatically notifies the authorities when there is a crash, provides roadside assistance, can remotely unlock doors, can help locate a vehicle if it’s been stolen and can provide turn-by-turn navigation.
Ultimately, the choice you make between the Charger SRT 392 and the Chevy SS will go far beyond checking off a list of features. However, when you look at all the Charger has to offer, it’s clear that it beats the SS in almost every category.
The 2015 Chevy SS starts at $45,745, while the 2015 Charger SRT 392 starts a little higher at $47,385. For everything that the Charger has to offer, it’s still a bargain even with the slightly higher starting price.