Despite most automakers disbanding their high performance divisions, the gear heads at Mopar, Chrysler’s in house tuner, are hard at work coming up with a true ground pounder that is ready and willing to take on ¼ mile long strips of asphalt for the world’s greatest aftermarket car show SEMA. The Dodge Challenger 1320 is essentially a street legal version of the special order modern day muscle car that comes with over 1,000 pounds of stripped down, lightweight racecar Drag Pak Challenger that is sold specifically to very serious drag racers.
The 1320, named for the length of a quarter mile drag strip is powered by a 426 cubic inch all aluminum Hemi V8 crate motor that starts off making a total of 556 HP and 540 lb-ft of torque thanks to a set of Mopar long tube headers and free flowing exhaust system complete with remote operating cutouts that let the stop light drag racing Challenger spit flames at the competition if not deafen the other driver with the roar of a fuel injected 426 Hemi. Power is sent through a bulletproof six speed manual transmission and ends up at an equally proven rear end with a locking differential that ensure that every pony makes it to the ground evenly across the rear axle.
Adding to the Challenger 1320’s serious appeal, the Mopar boys have fitted the street legal NHRA Pro Stock drag car with a set of basic police wheels, widened in the back and wrapped with sticky Mickey Thompson street legal drag radials to provide as hard a launch as possible that you can get from the factory as well as a fully adjustable coil over suspension to dial in the ride and make sure that the car tracks straight pass after pass down the 1320.
UPDATE 11/08/2011: Certain cars deserve SEMA encores, and apparently, this Challenger is one of them. Check out our live images from the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.
We love the look of this car and we certainly love what Mopar did to it. We’re just wondering what its doing at SEMA while it should have been destroying drag strips.
Press release after the jump.