2020 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak by Mopar and SRT
The 2020 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is the fourth-generation drag car based on FCA’s two-door muscle car. Based on the modern Challenger, like all its predecessors since 2008, it features drag-specific upgrades and its certified for NHRA and NMCA competitions. In short, it’s a turnkey package that turns the streetable Challenger into an ideal dragster for both amateur and professional racers. Let’s find out what’s new for the 2020 model year in the review below.
2019 Dodge Challenger 10 Year Commemoration by Mopar
Originally introduced as a term for Chrysler Motor Parts antifreeze, Mopar became an usual term for Chrysler vehicles in the 1960s. Fast forward to the 21st century and it’s FCA’s official manufacturer of performance parts and accessories. In 2019, Mopar celebrates 10 consecutive years of factory customization with the Dodge Challenger 10 Year Commemoration, a limited-edition muscle car fitted with exclusive parts and accessories.
2019 Dodge Challenger Scat Pack Stars & Stripes Edition
The Dodge Challenger Stars & Stripes Edition is a special-edition package for the 2020-model-year Challenger. Essentially a visual upgrade with some unique features, the Stars & Stripes Edition pays tribute to the men and women who served the United States. The package is available with three trims, the GT RWD, R/T, and the R/T Scat Pack.
Dodge says it launched this package because it has the highest percentage of active military buyers in the industry, while the Challenger and Charger have the highest percentage of active military buyers in their respective segments. Let’s find out what this package adds to the muscle car in the review below.
2019 Dodge Challenger
Dodge reintroduced the Challenger nameplate in 2008 with a brand-new third generation. Now, the tire-roasting lead sled is heading for an update for the 2019 model year, and it’s poised to receive new exterior colors inspired by Dodge’s racing history, including a searing-shade of green called Sublime. What’s more, the Challenger will get additional standard go-fast equipment to add real performance to the visual theatrics.
Update 02/14/2019: We’ve updated this review with video and images of the 2019 Dodge Challenger taken at the 2019 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the gallery at the bottom of this page!
2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320
If you like to live your life 1,320 feet at a time, then Dodge has just the ride for you. Not only is it rocking a high-output all-atmosphere V-8 under the hood, but it comes with all the gear you need to dominate at the local bracket racing event - no trailer required.
Continue reading to learn what makes the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Special.
2018 Dodge Redeye Express
By his own admission, the start of 2018 wasn’t a good time for Santa Claus. He had just finished his 2017 holiday delivery schedule and found himself more exhausted than he usually was. His back was screaming, his knees hurt, and he was, in his own words, growing a “bowl of jelly” in his stomach. Six months passed and Santa was still stuck in a rut. He knew he needed to work out. He just wasn’t inspired to do it. Then, in one fateful night in June, Santa visited his favorite auto website — we think it’s Topspeed — and saw the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The very next day, Santa called up his local Dodge dealer in the North Pole and asked to test drive the 797-horsepower monster.
We jump to the present day, and Santa’s a completely different man. His “bowl of jelly” is gone, replaced by muscles that sat on top of muscles. He credits his physical makeover to the test-drive he had back in June, saying that it transformed his outlook in life. That same test drive also inspired him to transform his old ride to match his new “shredded bod.” And so, the Dodge Redeye Express was born.
1972 Dodge Challenger
The 1972 Dodge Challenger is the epitome of the tired muscle car. Not yet bloated and altered beyond any recognition like the 1974 Mustang, but showing clear signs that the muscle car phenomenon was dead thanks to stringent emission and safety regulations that turned all of America’s muscle to mild fat.
The Challenger, which debuted in 1970, has somewhat always lived in the shadow of the bigger Charger but, there, it had a life of its own. It raced to some success in the then-sprawling SCCA-governed Trans-Am Series, and that spawned a highly popular homologation special: the Challenger T/A. Then, things changed and new regulations swept away all of the big engines, so the 1972 Challenger was only available with a choice of three small block engines.
To make it even more evident that the status quo had changed, Dodge decided to give the Challenger a makeover. Basically, the body itself remained unchanged, but the car sported different front and rear sections which made it, arguably, uglier than the original iteration. With that being said, it’s unarguably still a work of art compared to the generic Japanese car Dodge decided to rebrand as a ’Challenger’ in 1977...
2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye
Introduced for the 2015 model year, the Challenger Hellcat stunned the muscle car market through its powerful engine and impressive performance. Dodge took things to a new level with the Demon in 2017, when it introduced a series of segment-first features. Come 2018, and FCA launched a new model that bridges the gap between the impressive Hellcat and the absolutely evil Demon. Meet the Hellcat Redeye!
While not as menacing as the Demon performance-wise, the Redeye borrows numerous drivetrain features from the drag-prepped coupe. It’s also significantly more powerful than the regular Hellcat and obviously faster. What’s the purpose of this car with the Hellcat already more powerful than the competition? Well, the Challenger is pretty long in the tooth and Dodge is probably trying to keep things interesting before the next-generation muscle car arrives. Let’s find out what makes the Hellcat Redeye special in the review below.
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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Introduced in 2008, when Dodge basically revived the nameplate after a 25-year hiatus, the fourth-generation Challenger is the oldest muscle car available in U.S. showrooms and one of the longest running models as of 2017. Using underpinnings that date back to the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger managed to survive all these years against the more modern Mustang and Camaro, redesigned in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But, even though the Challenger is dated compared to its rivals, it can be had with some of the most powerful drivetrains in its segment, which is why it’s still popular with pony car fans. Having launched the 707-horsepower Hellcat in 2015, Dodge took things to a new level with the Challenger SRT Demon.
Described as a vehicle that will shake "the foundation of the entire performance car industry," the Challenger SRT Demon is indeed an unprecedented creation in the market. Not only incredibly powerful, it’s also fully equipped to race at the drag strip and comes with numerous industry-first features. While the Hellcat was often described as ludicrous, the Demon is downright insane and the stats suggest it’s quicker than just about any supercar out there! “With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts, said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at FCA North America. “To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before, go beyond even the legendary Hellcat.”
Updated 09/01/2017: Dodge released a series of new images for the 2018 Demon and we have to admit, this new Granite exterior paint makes it look even better!
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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Wide-Body
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon represents the pinnacle of muscle car madness. It’s the world’s most powerful factory-produced V-8 powered car with 840 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. It’s faster to 60 mph than the Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari LaFerrari, and McLaren P1. It’s also limited to just 3,300 units in North America so getting your hands on one is going to be tough. Don’t be too bummed, though. Just because the Challenger Demon is a little out of your reach, that doesn’t mean you can’t get a Challenger that looks, well, a little bit like it. Dodge is here for you, gentlemen, with a new wide body kit for the Challenger SRT Hellcat that channels some of that demented Demon spirit into a muscle car that’s no stranger to ungodly power.
The new Demon-inspired body kit provides the kind of visual enhancement that helps bring out a little bit of the Hellcat’s demonic side. The wider fenders, in particular, are immediately noticeable, as is the larger-than-usual set of tires that can now be fitted into the Challenger Hellcat thanks to the extra space provided by the fenders. But the kit as a whole is more than just improving bits and pieces of the Hellcat’s own aesthetic look. Dodge even says that the kit is as much about creating room for the Hellcat to improve its own performance credentials as it is about giving it a more menacing visual appearance. Whatever it did, it’s clear that Dodge has something special in store for Challenger Hellcat owners with this new wide-body kit.
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2017 Dodge Challenger GT
Muscle cars are supposed to be rear-wheel drive, tail-happy, V-8-powerd street machines build for quarter-mile times and hot dates on a Friday night. However, Dodge is expanding the muscle car’s repertoire by adding all-wheel drive to its popular Challenger coupe. Yes, the Challenger is getting AWD for the 2017 model year. Sadly, the option is only available with the 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and eight-speed automatic transmission. No V-8, manual, or Hellcat version exists – yet.
Its official name is the 2017 Dodge Challenger GT and it uses the same AWD equipment as the Dodge Charger AWD, including its active transfer case and front-axle disconnect. The Challenger GT is designed to give all-weather traction to those who live in areas regularly plagued by adverse weather conditions. Dodge has not designed the Challenger GT to be a track monster or rally car – although both are easy to imagine in the aftermarket industry.
Naysayers who cry foul over the missing V-8 might be surprised to know the 3.6-liter V-6 offers 305 horsepower. That’s more than many versions of the original Challenger from the early 1970s. Torque is rated at 268 pound-feet.
As for an official statement from Dodge, Tim Kuniskis, who is the head of passenger cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat in North America, said, “Dodge is shifting the muscle car paradigm with the new 2017 Dodge Challenger GT – the world’s first and only all-wheel-drive American muscle coupe. The Challenger has always been the most wide-ranging and functional muscle coupe, and now, with the new 305-horsepower all-wheel-drive Challenger GT, we are stretching the functional and geographic boundaries even further.”
Dodge is putting the 2017 Challenger GT on sale this winter, likely during the first quarter of 2017. Prices will start at $34,490, which includes the $1,095 destination charge. Keep reading for the full review.
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2016 Dodge Shakedown Challenger
The 2016 SEMA Show is upon us and the Las Vegas event is once again packed with hot cars and aftermarket parts. Nearly all major automakers brought at least one new product or concept to SEMA. Mopar is once again among the brands that have set up a booth at the event and, as usual, the FCA-owned company has plenty of concept cars on display. They all have all sort of exciting features to brag about, but none is as spectacular as the Shakedown Challenger.
Although the name suggests we’re looking at a modern Challenger loaded with concept and aftermarket accessories, the vehicle is actually based on a first-generation car. Specifically, Mopar used a 1971 Challenger body and interior for this build. Pretty much a restomod as far as styling goes, the Shakedown rides on modern underpinning and features a large number of parts borrowed from the 2017 Challenger. On top of that, it showcases some of Mopar’s newest concept parts, some of which will be offered as production accessories starting 2017.
Find out what makes the Shakedown Challenger special in our review below and don’t forget to check out other Mopar builds from this year’s SEMA Show, including the Dodge Durango Shaker or the Jeep CJ66.
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2016 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
Labor Day is approaching fast, and that means that it’s time for the 62nd Annual NHRA U.S. Nationals. This year, the nationals are taking place from August 31 to September 5, and will feature six different events leading into the Championship playoffs. This year, Dodge and Mopar are showing up to the scene with a special Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak that will be piloted by Erica Enders during the School of Automotive Machinists & Technology Factory Stock Showdown at Indy.
While this is the first time we’re looking at a Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, this version will feature official Dodge and Mopar graphics and has been prepped by none other than Joe Welch Racing. Pietro Golier, Head of Parts and Service at Mopar, said, “We are thrilled to have an NHRA champion like Erica Enders carry the Mopar and Dodge colors into competition not only in Pro Stock but also in the Factory Stock Showdown. The U.S. Nationals event provides a great opportunity to put Erica in the seat of a supercharged Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak and reach a wider audience of fans at one of the most prestigious events on the NHRA circuit.”
Tim Juniskis, the Head of Passenger Cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat, said, “Dodge already has the most powerful muscle cars on the street with the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcats, and now America’s performance brand brings even more muscle to the track with the supercharged Drag Pak. The ‘Domestic. Not Domesticated.’ Dodge spirit will be at full throttle for racing fans to see at the NHRA U.S. Nationals.”
So, it’s certainly shaping up to be a fun-filled weekend. We won’t get to see Enders and the Drag Pak hit qualifying until Friday night, but she’ll be tearing up Lucas Oil Raceway starting on Wednesday in preparation. With that said, let’s take a good look at the Drag Pak that will grace the Nationals this year.
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2017 Dodge Challenger T/A
The Woodward Dream Cruise kicks off in the third weekend of August this year. The Cruise is always amazing, but this year, Dodge is hoping to make it even better than usual. This year, it is bringing a handful of special Challenger models that pay tribute to the original Challenger T/A. They aren’t quite as wild as the Challenger Hellcat models, but they are pretty wild special editions that are sure to garner some great attention from muscle car enthusiasts.
Of the three special edition models, two of them come with a cool 375 horsepower on tap while the other two come correct with 485 ponies. Furthermore, they are all equipped with some of the best features and tech that Chrysler has available now. Tim Kuniskis, the Head of Passenger Cars for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, Fiat, and FCA, said, "More than 1.5 million enthusiasts are expected to come to Woodward to celebrate classic muscle cars this week, so it’s a perfect opportunity to pay tribute to the Challenger T/A and Charger Daytona with new special editions."
And, even better yet, Kuniskis went on to say that there "will be another special edition announced later this fall." We don’t know what he might be talking about quite yet, but until then, let’s take a good look at these three special-edition Challengers and what makes them so great.
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2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat By Hennessey
The Chevrolet Camaro and the Ford Mustang may get all the muscle car headlines, but anybody who knows their ponies know that this is a three-car battle. It seems a little strange to say that the Dodge Challenger is the most understated of the three, but the Dodge muscle car has proven to be as capable as its Chevy and Ford counterparts. Hennessey definitely knows what’s up, and that is why it has programs for all three muscle cars. This one, though, is about the Challenger, specifically the Challenger SRT Hellcat version, considered as the most powerful Challenger ever.
So what happens when you take the “most powerful Challenger ever” and hand it over to Hennessey? Magic happens, that’s what. The tuner’s new program for the Dodge muscle car pushes past all of the cosmetic upgrades and focuses solely on making the Challenger’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 mill more powerful. That might sound excessive for some people considering that the muscle car already has 707 horsepower at its disposal. But, last I checked, the word “excessive” is completely foreign to the same company that gave us the Venom GT. There’s no such thing as excess to Hennessey!
Needless to say, the Challenger Hellcat received a series of performance modifications, each offering different output levels depending on what a customer can handle. There’s an HPE800 kit, an HPE850, and for those who really want their Challengers to fly, an HPE1000 program. I know what might interest a majority of Challenger owners, but in the interest of full disclosure, that HPE1000 kit is really something else. Ever wanted to feel what it’s like to cover a quarter-mile in under 10 seconds?
The answer: HPE1000.
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Mopar, Chrysler’s parts, service and customer care division, has been using the SEMA Show to display numerous wild concept cars for quite a few years now, and the 2015 edition is no exception. This year’s display was a bit more special, however, as alongside the visually-enhanced Chryslers, Dodges, Rams and Fiats, Mopar also showcased an all-wheel drive Challenger.
Yes, you read that right! Mopar just built a V-8-powered muscle car that combines power and performance with the confidence of increased traction that comes with an AWD system. Most old-school enthusiasts might find it profane, but to others the Challenger GT AWD Concept may be like a dream come true.
Unfortunately, since this show car isn’t likely to become a production vehicle, chances of seeing it in showrooms anytime soon are rather slim. It remains to be seen whether the next-generation Challenger will get an AWD option or not, but until then all we can do is have a closer look at this unique concept car.
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The current 2015 Dodge Challenger may be a little long in the tooth, but it’s popularity is actually on the rise due to the numerous packages and special-edition models the brand has introduced lately. The 2015 SRT Hellcat is by far the most coveted trim, but the 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker was also a big hit in 2015, with Dodge having serious issues in keeping up with demand. However, that didn’t stop Dodge from launching yet another special-edition model based on the 392 Hemi Scat Pack for the 2016 model year.
Called the Scat Pack Shaker Plum Crazy, this limited-edition muscle car comes with all the goodies included in both the Scat Pack and Shaker packages, as well as Mopar’s iconic Plum Crazy exterior paint from the 1970s. The high-impact, heritage hue is actually available with all Challenger and Charger models, including the SRT Hellcats, but here we’ll be discussing the Scat Pack Shaker coupe only, as this naturally aspirated muscle car is the perfect tribute to the Hemi-powered Challengers and ’Cudas of the early ’70s.
"From the aggressive and in-your-face styling of the SRT Hellcat models, the reverberating black stripes on our Shaker models, to the nostalgic dual A-line side stripes in satin black or gloss white on the R/T Classic model – Plum Crazy further builds on Dodge brand’s muscle-car roots and adds to Challenger and Charger’s vibrant legacy,” said Mark Trostle, Head of Dodge and SRT Design.
The Challenger 392 Hemi Scat Pack Shaker Plum Crazy will make its official debut at the 2015 Woodward Dream Cruise on August 15th.
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In 2014 Dodge unveiled the 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak Test Vehicle, a full-fledged factory dragster crafted by the folks over at Mopar. Now, after nearly a year of development, the brand has launched the actual production version that will take on the 2014 Ford Mustang Cobra Jet and the 2015 Chevrolet COPO Camaro on drag strips across the U.S.
The updated Challenger Drag Pak joins the 2014 Dodge Dart Pro Stock car introduced in 2014 and the 2015 Dodge Charger R/T Funny Car launched in 2015 to round off Mopar’s efforts in the drag racing scene.
The production Drag Pak retains everything Dodge showcased on the Test Vehicle, but this time around it has given us access to more details. The big news here is the availability of a supercharged V-8 in addition to the all-motor Hemi we saw last year.
"We are extremely pleased with the results obtained during our testing," said Dale Aldo, Mopar Motorsports Marketing Manager. "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."
Updated 07/23/2015: Mopar announced it is now taking orders for the recently announced Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. The model will be limited to only 60 units: 35 with the first-ever supercharged engine from Mopar and 25 with the naturally aspirated 426 Hemi engine.
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In 2014, Dodge stunned the auto industry by introducing the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. Powered by a supercharged, 6.2-liter, Hemi V-8 rated at 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of twist, the Hellcat became an instant legend, as well as the most powerful and quickest factory-built muscle car ever. But while the Hellcat is the most menacing Challenger you can buy from a Dodge dealership, it’s no longer the most powerful muscle car to wear this devilish badge. This is where the Hellcat X comes in, a bespoke Challenger that took Dodge’s meanest muscle car up yet another notch.
The model in question was crafted by the folks over at Walsh Motorsport for an organization called Dream Giveaway. The Hellcat X is a one-off build and is being raffled for charity.
The muscle car is also a tribute to an experimental aircraft prototype built in the 1940s. Based on the iconic F6F Hellcat that ruled the skies in the later stages of World War II, it was dubbed XF6F and introduced supercharger and turbocharger technology to the Hellcat’s 18-cylinder powerplant. It was more powerful and faster than the standard 2,000-horsepower fighter it was based on, which is pretty much what the Challenger Hellcat X is in relation to the stock Hellcat. Keep reading to find out why.
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Dodge introduced the Challenger T/A as a 1970-only model and racing homologation car. In order to race the Challenger in the SCCA’s Trans Am championship, Dodge built a street version of its race car under the T/A moniker. The T/A shared the same 5.6-liter engine with the Trans Am racer, but while the latter used a destroked version, the road-legal coupe gained a trio of two-barrel carburetors atop an aluminum intake manifold. That’s how the 340 Six Pack engine was born. Officially rated at 290 ponies, the mill was said to make about 320 horsepower. Extra features that set the T/A apart from its standard sibling included front disc brakes, a heavy-duty suspension, bigger tires on the rear, front and rear spoilers, a black hood, and thick side stripes. The interior, on the other hand, was bone-stock. The T/A needed 14.3 seconds to complete the quarter-mile, which was a half-second quicker than the standard 340 Challenger and nearly a full second slower than the 426 HEMI-equipped cars. The Challenger T/A wasn’t offered beyond the 1970 model year, but, as we venture into 2015, Dodge is reviving the Trans Am moniker for the SEMA Show.
The T/A returns only as a concept for now, but the resemblance with the legendary classic is astonishing. That makes me want a production version in showrooms A.S.A.P., and the fact that the T/A Concept was preceded by the 2015 Challenger SRT Trans Am makes me think Dodge is planning to put it on the assembly line sometime in 2015. But until that happens, let’s have a look at the concept heading to Las Vegas.
Updated 01/23/2015: The new Challenger T/A Concept also made an appearance at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show and we were there to take some shots. Check the new images in the "Pictures" tab.
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Now that the Hellcat engine and its 707 horsepower has been introduced, it’s safe to say the 2015 Challenger is the most powerful, factory-build muscle car. But while the ink is still wet on the Challenger Hellcat and its outstanding performance figures, a brand-new concept is here to give Chrysler’s muscle car a totally new meaning. Meet the Challenger A/T Concept, the all-terrain pony that could put a Jeep Wrangler to shame.
Created by Joey Ruiter, the man behind several off-road vehicle, bike and even power boat projects, the Challenger A/T is still a concept car. However, the proposition is not just some silly idea thrown around just for kicks, but a highly customized Challenger that’s now capable to run across the desert alongside the Ford SVT Raptor. Will we be able to buy such a contraption at a Chrysler dealership? Not likely, but it’s a great idea to start from if you want to go dirt racing in a massive coupe like Dodge Challenger.
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The second coming of the muscle car era in the late 2000s and early 2010s has brought about the reintroduction of factory-built drag cars. And Chrysler is no stranger to this realm. Hell, its Challenger Hellcat could hold its own against plenty of amateur dragsters, but for semi-pro and lower-level pro drag racing, you need a little more. This is where the Challenger Drag Pak comes in to play, and Chrysler and Mopar have just shown off the first test vehicle for this upcoming rig.
What is so awesome about these factory-built drag cars is that they are true-to-the-original racers. Unlike so many race cars, these models have real headlights, taillights and other details, and not just stickers in the places where these items would be.
We’ve already seen what the latest Mustang Cobra Jet and COPO Camaro have to offer, now it’s time to see what Mopar and Chrysler can do to get the new 2015 Challenger down the quarter mile as quickly as possible.
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