Ready to hit the dragstrip Mopar style? The Dodge Challenger is too and is getting the Drag Pak treatment. The performance parts branch of the FCA is debuting this all-new version and it is offering two Hemi engine choices to meet the Sportsman racers standard.
“Today, we write the next page in our performance playbook with the reveal of the production Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a vehicle that offers, for the first time, a supercharged engine that provides our racers more options. Our brand is committed to supporting Mopar drivers who compete at all levels. In 2014, we debuted a new Dodge Dart NHRA Pro Stock car that won right out of the gate. In 2015, our new Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car did the same. Now, Mopar is supercharging our Sportsman racers,” says Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO, Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA.
The first engine choice is a 354 supercharged Hemi with a cast-iron block and a forged steel crankshaft. The second engine is a 426 Hemi built off an aluminum block with aluminum cylinder heads. Both come with customized engine calibrations and updated race-prepped automatic transmissions.
Engine access is easier with a hood that hinges at the rear. Each engine choice is identified with a graphics package. The 354 supercharged features a Mopar Blue stripe with the engine’s name and the 426 features a horizontal black stripe with the engine’s name along the side.
The Challengers front and rear design remains the same but it is getting a new full roll cage to meet NHRA standards. Inside it gets a Mopar gauge pack, a safety net, and five-point harnesses on the lightweight racing seats.
To really kill it on the drag, it is getting 15-inch front and rear lightweight wheels with Hoosier drag radials. The front suspension uses a special Mopar K-Member with suspension geometry, adjustable compression, and rebound struts. The back features four-link suspension with Panhard bar, shocks with adjustable compression and rebound, and an anti-roll bar. The rear axle is also stronger to launch the car both faster and harder.
“We are extremely pleased with the results obtained during our testing. In the first runs the new Drag Pak ran consistently in the eights (eight-second range) while improving times at the 60-ft. mark and also performing very well in the quarter mile. Once our customers get the car on the track, we feel it’s going to be a clear winner,” says Dale Aldo, Mopar Motorsports Marketing Manager.
The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will be available to order on July 23 and will have starting prices of $99,426 and $109,354 for the 426 and 354 supercharged respectively.