• Jul 1, 2008
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Those of you steeped in drag racing lore are undoubtedly familiar with the 1968 HEMI-powered Dodge Darts and Plymouth Barracudas. These limited edition, track-bound '68 package cars brought out some of the biggest names in drag racing and helped solidify the automaker as a force to be reckoned with down the 1320. When Dodge unveiled the Challenger drag race package at SEMA, we knew the Mopar crew had something serious up its sleeves, and we've got an exclusive clip of what's to come.

Chrysler isn't releasing the details on this non-street-legal, drag-race ready model yet, but earlier reports suggest an overall weight savings of around 800 pounds by stripping the interior down to the bare essentials (one seat, a set of gauges and no sound deadening material), nixing the wipers and A/C and replacing many of the body panels with composite material. The front brakes will also be modified, along with the rear end and front crossmember, and a roll cage is assuredly part of the package. As for power, expect a big HEMI V8 under the hood producing over 500 hp and close to 500 lb.-ft. of torque. All of that is speculation for now, but expect official word from Mopar shortly. Check out our exclusive video after the jump to keep you satisfied in the interim.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      This guy sounds like he sat crankshaft...........anyways sweeeet car, It makes sense for Chrysler to do this because its a niche vehicle and they'll sell what they build.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Seeing that a stock Challenger runs a low 13 second quarter-mile, a challenger weighing 800 pounds less, 6 speed, 500+ horsepower, slicks, your looking at a low 11 second car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car sounds system awsome.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dear douche-nozzles,
      Please do not comment on efficiency everytime we get a post about a performance vehicle! Get over it! We all pay $4.25 a gallon for gas...we f'ing get it. When you're feverishly flipping through your SI Swimsuit Edition in your mom's basement, do you catch yourself thinking "hmmm... she's hot, but not my type, because she probably can't calculate the effectiveness of a two-mode Hybrid in a 60/40 driving environment..."

      The rest of us just see nice titties and booties. Same goes for this car, it for enthusiasts...not nerds that can't afford the gas in their (insert rusty 1995 4 cyl here)


      peace out...
      • 6 Years Ago
      "As for power, expect a big HEMI V8 under the hood producing over 500 hp and close to 500 lb.-ft. of torque. "

      The speculation can convert in reality. Life is strange an you'll never knoy when something important happens. The official word is just a speech from a diplomatic guy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I mean - you'll never know :) .
      • 6 Years Ago
      This car sounds and looks awsome. Too bad it wont save chrysler.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Test
      • 6 Years Ago
      Loved the video. That MOPAR dude is about 20 years younger than I am, but I feel younger than he is because he talks as if it's 40 years ago and I'm living in the current world!

      Does that brain trust have any idea how silly that car is today? What ninny would buy an uneconomical POS like the new Challenger?

      OK, the Challenger is a nice toy for oldsters who are trying to relive their youth, but who else would want such a POS?

      Welcome back to 1970, you losers!
        • 6 Years Ago
        ;-)
        • 6 Years Ago
        I'm thirty and I'll take two, please! One to save, one to beat unmercifully into oblivion!

        The fact that gas is so expensive makes it even better IMO. It's just one big middle finger pointed directly at the tan Camcordolla-driving lemmings.

        This is the kind of machine that makes little kids want to get high on fumes building plastic models of it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      ^(on a)
      • 6 Years Ago
      Sweet car, awful video.

      MG is right, cars like this give the brand sparkle like the Corvette and Camaro do for Chevrolet but they don't make the brand successful.

      Aside from this and the other RWD cars Chrysler doesn't make anything really good or worth buying. Still, a Honda in the garage along with a Challenger would be good.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "As for power, expect a big HEMI V8 under the hood producing over 500 hp and close to 500 lb.-ft. of torque. "

      The speculation can convert in reality. Life is strange an you'll never knoy when something important happens. The official word is just a speech from a diplomatic guy.
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