Mopar announced that it will offer a factory-prepared package Challenger specifically setup for drag racing. The new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak offers a choice between a 354 cubic-inch supercharged HEMI® engine or a naturally aspirated 426 cubic-inch HEMI. This is the first time in the Mopar’s racing history that it has offered racers a supercharged engine option.
The supercharged 354 HEMI engine has a cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, Mopar spec camshaft and a custom performance engine calibration. The naturally aspirated 426 Race HEMI is built on a Mopar aluminum block with pressed-in steel liners and aluminum cylinder heads. Similar to the supercharged engine, the 426 HEMI includes a custom performance calibration. A race-prepped automatic transmission, upgraded for both the 354 and 426 engine, delivers power to the wheels.
The folks at FCA were tight-lipped about the actual power numbers, but they will confirm that the supercharged Challenger can reach 150 in the quarter mile and is a true 8-second car – a key benchmark in drag racing.
Roman was present when the announcement was made at FCA US LLC Chelsea Proving Grounds and captured the new Challenger Drag Pak tearing up the tarmac:
Only 60 Drag Pak 354 and 426 Challengers will be built this year. The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will be open for ordering through authorized Dodge dealerships, beginning July 23 as the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals kickoff with the Mopar Block Party in downtown Golden, Colorado. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) for the naturally aspirated 426 version of the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is a “cubic inch appropriate” $99,426, with the 354 supercharged race car available for $109,354 MSRP.
For ordering information on the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, visit www.mopar.com/mopar-drag-pak.
FCA also announced two new versions of the Scat Pack performance upgrades for The Dodge Charger sedan and Challenger coupe. Scat pack 2 and 3 – both street-legal – add up to 56 and 75 horsepower, respectively. Chrysler expects owners to drag race Scat Pack 2 and 3 cars, but they’re also legal to drive on the street.
Read more about the Scat Pack upgrades HERE.