• Jan 30, 2008
Dodge Challenger Super Stock shown from 2006 SEMA Show

Just like in the '60s, some people will take their new 2008 Dodge Challengers to the drags. Chrysler is reportedly ready to make this very easy for new Challenger owners. Allpar is reporting that within a few weeks, there will issue forth from Chrysler a Super Stock special version of the Challenger. The intended application is Stock Eliminator drag racing, and the cars get their own VINs and lots of lightening. Powering drivers down the strip will be versions of the Hemi and 5.9 liter Magnum V8s, twisting through manual or automatic boxes.

Jettisoning things like wipers, HVAC, sound deadening and seats make for a Challenger that's definitely not road-ready, but much lighter for track applications. 800 pounds have reportedly been trimmed out of the car through the omission of equipment and special composite body parts. Mechanicals have been modified to better suit the use, too. The main body unit gets tweaks, and the front crossmember is modified to a drop-out unit. Front brakes are largely unnecessary when the nose is in the air for part of the run, so lightweight units have been fitted. The fascia support and cooling system also get the slim-fast treatment. More information will supposedly arrive soon, but a 1,320-pounding neo-E body pony car appears close at hand.

[Source: Allpar]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in LA engine layout please. That way I could put a huge stroker in it when I nuke the mill it comes with.
      • 6 Years Ago
      800lbs is a lot of mass. Should bring the car in at about 3000lbs! Pretty impressive if true.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Jay, the Challenger at B-J was the concept. The production car's weight is still a mystery.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Found this,

        "On the inside of the Challenger at B-J Curb Weight was stated as 4160"

        I'll bet that when CD or somebody does a full test on one, the actual weight will be over 4200 lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        If they can shave 800 lbs off that doesn't bode well for the curb weight of the production car. Must be well in excess of 4000 lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Charger SRT (according to their site) runs just over 4100lbs so i'm assuming that the Challenger will be in the realm of about 3900-4000lbs.
        • 6 Years Ago
        4160lbs is the exact same as what the challenger SRT is listed as. I would expect at least SOME weight to come off given it is supposed to be a bit shorter (and otherwise uses many parts from the parts bin).
      • 6 Years Ago
      I still say that this thing will fizzle after a short period of excitement when the gotta-have-it guys are paying premium prices to be the first on their blocks to have one of these yawners.

      Really, what is this car but a boring old design with a big engine?

      If you have your heart set on a Challenger, wait a few months and you'll buy one at a HUGE discount. Or better yet, after a few months you might change your mind.
        • 6 Years Ago
        We don't stink after bathing in the pond.

        And we can fly without annoying, airport check-in.

        QUACK!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I love the idea of a stripped down version you can buy at the dealer. Less junk I gotta fix years down the road. I wish the Mustang GT was offered in a "lightened" version, no power windows, AC, stereo, etc,.. bare bones.
        • 6 Years Ago
        x2, this is exactly the sort of thing chrysler should be doing with this car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wish they'd do a road racing T/A version too. Like the Viper and what they did for a while with Neons. It'd be great to have a streetable real road racer like that. Especially since it's got an independent rear.
        • 6 Years Ago
        ACR versions aren't out of the question I bet...since they have been offered on the SRT4 and viper. As long as they called it a T/A rather than ACR in this incantation.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i'm not much for the drag stip cars, but this is an awesome idea. i'm with John P. a lightened version of any performance car would be an awesome option.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Not only that, but it looks great!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Mopar knows muscle cars. This picture seems appropriate.

      http://homepage.mac.com/hsemara/.Pictures/hymchallenger.jpg

      They have a similar package for the Viper ACR though it doesn't shed nearly as much weight.

      Mopar should produce a Challenger SRT-10 with the Viper's 600hp powertrain and offer the Drag Pack.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I would definitely drive that. Look at the damn thing! Sweet. It's the first modern car that really pays homage to the old musclecar era. I don't think the Mustang and Camaro could pull off this look.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I know I've been critical of this car, but wow! 800 pounds gone? That's pretty cool. I wish they'd take this thing and then do the minimum to make it roadworthy; if they'd do that, I'd be interested. I'm afraid that some of that weight was safety systems, but I'd love to see what can come off and still be legal.

      The idea of a big inch LA motor instead of the new Hemi is fantastic, but strip only of course.

      Now if they could just squash it down six more inches...
      • 6 Years Ago
      What a muscle car should be.
      • 6 Years Ago
      How cool would it be to have this be the production version of the Challenger? Or is it just me?
      • 6 Years Ago
      A Super Stock version of the Challenger is definitely going to be one badass machine!

      Maybe it's now time for the Mustang and Camaro to play catch up.
        • 6 Years Ago
        the mustang and camaro should do version that are more road racing oriented, not just 1/4 mile machines like this
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