The Challenger is a high performance car.
However, Mopar is giving the coupe a clearly noticeable retro drag-racer kick with the new 2016 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.
A factory-prepped race car for people who love going really fast on a straight line, the Mopar Drag Pak can provide not just a naturally-aspirated engine option…
…but a supercharged model, both markedly different, though no less crazy, from Dodge’s own Challenger SRT Hellcat with its 707 HP V8.
Mopar hasn’t really mentioned the final horsepower and torque numbers for their Drag Pak cars, but we assume that they are going to show it once the duo makes their Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals debut in July.
Even if we don’t have those key numbers, the specs are doing some impressive reading.
On one side, you have the 426 Naturally Aspirated model, having a Mopar aluminum block and pressed-in steel liners together with aluminum cylinder heads.
On the other side, there is Mopar’s first supercharged option, a 354 Hemi engine with cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, and Mopar-spec camshaft.
Both Challenger versions come with a race-prepped automatic transmission, custom engine calibration and special graphics.
For the 426, that means a horizontal black stripe along the side, and 426 HEMI badging, while the supercharged version gets a Mopar Blue stripe and “354 Supercharged” badges.
Lightweight 15-inch wheels may be relatively small by modern standards, but they’re wrapped in chunky Hoosier drag radials. 28-inches by 4-inches on the front, and 30-inches by 9-inches on the rear.
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Slotted front and rear brake rotors, with race-specific calipers and master cylinder are also fitted.
Regarding the front suspension, it’s Mopar’s own K-Member and suspension geometry, with double adjustable compression and rebound struts.
When it comes to the back:
There’s a four-link suspension with Panhard bar, adjustable compression, Strange Engineering 4-inch solid axle, and an anti-roll bar.
Mopar claims that the stronger rear axle mounting should make it possible for faster, harder launches.
Inside the car, you will find a spartan version of the regular Challenger’s dashboard:
Gone is the center touchscreen … and even the vents:
Blanked out and replaced with a small spray of physical switches.
But, you have the Mopar gauges included.
The driver and the passenger will remain wrapped up tightly, thanks to the racing seats, together with a safety net and five-point harness…
…and also there is an NHRA-spec full roll cage.
The shifter for the TH400 auto transmission with SFI case is similarly distinctive, a fist-filling ball with a huge side-grip.
Generally speaking, it’s really a modern-day drag star having a distinctly retro twist, even though the price tag is anything but old-fashioned.
Mopar set the price tag of $99,426 for the 426 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak car, while the 354 supercharged version will cost $109,354.
Both will be available for order after July 23.