While the two engines deliver similar performance, at their base, they're quite a bit different. The supercharged model uses a cast-iron block, while the 426 has aluminum for both the block and head. That said, both models get customized engine calibrations, and are mated to unique, race-spec automatic transmissions.
But drag racing is about far more than just outright power. Mopar significantly updated the four-link rear suspension, adding a four-inch rear axle from Strange Engineering, along with an aluminum, nine-inch third member, while the rear-axle housing has been strengthened in general. Both the rear shocks and front struts can be adjusted for rebound and compression, too. Lightweight 15-inch wheels, meanwhile, are shod in super-sticky Hoosier drag radials, with nine inches of tread in back and 4.5 inches in front.
In the cabin, there's an NHRA-spec roll cage, a Racepak gauge cluster, and a handsome pair of Sparco racing seats. Outside, supercharged models get blue decals, while naturally aspirated varieties get black stickers, although there's more to the new Challenger dragster's exterior than just its decals. Mopar tweaked the big-scoop hood, promising it's easier to get up to check on the engine, and the designers also added trailer tie-down straps in both the front and rear.
The new Challenger Drag Pak should run the quarter-mile in "the eight-second range."
While the dragster was the big news today, Mopar officials also announced the two enhanced Scat Pack kits for both the Dodge Charger and Challenger R/T. The 5.7-liter Hemi models gain an extra 56 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque in the Scat Pack 2 thanks to a new cam, valve springs, pushrods, and gaskets. The Scat Pack 3, meanwhile, adds 75 hp and 44 lb-ft, on top of the gains from the lower packages. That should be perfect for drivers who wish to snort in the face of their SRT 392-driving friends. The third stage adds a ported cylinder heads, as well as high-flow manifolds and catalysts. And of course, both performance packages come complete with a factory-backed warranty.
The Scat Pack 2 carries a sticker of just $1,895, while the 3 is $4,495, although it should be noted that each package is dependent on the one below it. That means adding the Scat Pack 3 will require the first and second packages, so the final tally might be a bit more than the MSRPs would indicate. As for the drag model, prices for the 426-ci version start at $99,426, while the 354-ci supercharged Challenger rings up at $109,354. Orders for everything we've discussed here are currently open. While you ponder your purchase, though, scroll down and check out the official press releases from Mopar.
New Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak marks the first time Mopar will offer racers a supercharged engine option
Sportsman racers will have the choice of a 354-cubic-inch supercharged HEMI® engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch HEMI
Orders open in late July, with information on the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak available at www.mopar.com/mopar-drag-pak
June 26, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Remaining true to its performance roots, the Mopar brand unveiled the next-generation Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a factory-prepped package car specifically geared for drag racing. The vehicle, revealed today at the FCA US LLC Chelsea Proving Grounds, is built on the Dodge Challenger platform and will come with the option of either the brand's first-ever offering of a supercharged 354-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI® engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch Gen III HEMI engine.
The new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is designed for passionate Sportsman racers who compete in nationally sanctioned drag racing series, such as the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The new generation Drag Pak combines the latest in Sportsman racing technology, a host of upgrades and improvements from the previous generation Drag Pak and unique heritage design cues.
"Today, we write the next page in our performance playbook with the reveal of the production Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a vehicle that offers, for the first time, a supercharged engine that provides our racers more options," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA. "Our brand is committed to supporting Mopar drivers who compete at all levels. In 2014, we debuted a new Dodge Dart NHRA Pro Stock car that won right out of the gate. In 2015, our new Dodge Charger R/T NHRA Funny Car did the same. Now, Mopar is supercharging our Sportsman racers."
Under a factory hood is the supercharged 354 HEMI engine, with a cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, Mopar spec camshaft and a custom performance engine calibration. The 354 nomenclature pays homage to the heritage of the early Gen 1 HEMI engines, which originally displaced 354 cubic inches.
The naturally aspirated 426 Race HEMI engine is built off of a Mopar aluminum block with pressed-in steel liners and aluminum cylinder heads. Like the supercharged engine, the 426 HEMI also includes a custom engine calibration. The new Drag Pak features a race-prepped automatic transmission, upgraded from the previous generation vehicle, for both the 354 and 426 engine options.
The vehicle's front suspension sports a unique Mopar K-Member and suspension geometry, with double adjustable compression and rebound struts. At the back of the car is a four-link suspension with Panhard bar, Strange Engineering 4-inch solid axle with 9-inch aluminum third member, 40-spline gun drilled axles, shocks with adjustable compression and rebound and an anti-roll bar. The rear axle mounting has been strengthened from the previous generation Drag Pak to help the car launch faster and harder.
Each engine version carries a unique graphic identification package. The supercharged hot rod displays a Mopar Blue stripe and a "354 Supercharged" graphic insignia, while the naturally aspirated (N/A) Drag Pak sports a horizontal black stripe along its side with a 426 HEMI engine graphic identification.
The new Drag Pak includes the Dodge Challenger front and rear fascia trim and a redesigned full roll cage fabricated to NHRA specifications. The cockpit
reflects the Dodge Challenger interior, but with the addition of a Mopar gauge pack, driver and passenger lightweight racing seats, along with a safety net and a five-point harness.
The Mopar Drag Pak is equipped with 15-inch front and rear lightweight wheels displaying the unique Mopar logo. Mounted on those wheels will be Hoosier drag radials with front tires that measure 28 inches in diameter by 4.5 inches wide, and rear tires that are 30 inches in diameter by 9 inches wide. The car will also feature slotted front and rear brake rotors, with race-specific calipers and master cylinder.
The vehicle also includes a more user-friendly hood, hinged at the rear to make between rounds under hood maintenance an easier task. Another small but essential detail that racers will appreciate is the addition of integrated trailer tie-down loops on the front and rear of the new Drag Pak.
Development of the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak has spanned nearly a year. A prototype was first revealed in 2014 at the 60th NHRA U.S. Nationals to elicit feedback from NHRA Sportsman racers on potential upgrades to make the Drag Pak even more competitive at the drag strip.
The resulting new vehicle is the next step in the evolution of Mopar's modern-day package car, whose earlier incarnations include more than 150 V-8 Challenger Drag Paks, an additional 50 V-10 versions and plenty of 426 Race HEMI upgrade kits.
"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."
The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will be open for ordering through authorized Dodge dealerships, beginning July 23 as the Mopar Mile-High NHRA Nationals kickoff with the Mopar Block Party in downtown Golden, Colorado. The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for the naturally aspirated 426 version of the Mopar Challenger Drag Pak is a "cubic inch appropriate" $99,426, with the 354 supercharged race car available for $109,354 MSRP.
For ordering information on the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, visit www.mopar.com/mopar-drag-pak.
Mopar package car heritage
The Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak's roots were firmly planted in the early 1960s with the factory production of Max Wedge package cars. In 1968, famously coveted 426 HEMI-powered Dodge Dart and Plymouth Barracuda package cars were unleashed on the strip. Those vehicles continue to compete in the Super Stock/Automatic-HEMI (SS/AH) class of NHRA Sportsman racing and the annual fan favorite Mopar HEMI Challenge, held during the NHRA U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, Indiana, since 2001.
In 2008, Mopar delighted speed lovers by announcing the first drag race, factory-prepped package cars in 40 years – the first V-8 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. The return of the Mopar package car was a hit with racers, and the 2009 program saw a first-year sell out of all 100 factory-built vehicles.
Building on that success, the 2010 Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak program offered racers an available 6.4-liter HEMI engine. Then in 2011, Mopar introduced a race-ready V-10 package car, becoming the first original equipment manufacturer (OEM) to offer a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag package car.
Mopar has continued to mark many firsts. The Drag Pak has captured numerous NHRA National title wins and records, and the previous generation Mopar Drag Pak was also the first modern-era package car to win the Stock Eliminator class crown at the U.S. Nationals.
The 426 Drag Pak was also the first naturally aspirated package car to make an eight-second-range quarter-mile pass at a NHRA national event. During the 2014 season, while celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Gen II Race HEMI, the 426 Drag Pak won a majority of the factory stock naturally aspirated class races and has posted national event class wins in recent years.
The newly revealed Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak adds to Mopar's package car heritage, marking the brand's first offering to racers of a supercharger. As the most powerful Drag Paks to date, both the new generation 354 Gen III HEMI supercharged engine and the 426 Gen III Race HEMI will take their aim squarely at quarter-mile success as Mopar continues to lead the way in street, track and off-road performance.
For more information and for photos of the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, visit media.fcanorthamerica.com.
Focused on Performance: Orders Open for Mopar Scat Pack 2 and 3 Performance Upgrade Kits
Mopar opens ordering for Scat Pack 2 and Scat Pack 3 performance kits for the 5.7L HEMI® engine-equipped Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger
Scat Pack 2 and Scat Pack 3 kits help customers add horsepower to their ride, taking it from the road to the track with extreme performance gains of up to 75 horsepower
Power levels exceed original estimated targets due to extensive factory optimization
June 26, 2015 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - Following the successful introduction of the Scat Pack 1 performance kit, a special package developed for the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, Mopar is going even further by opening orders for the new Scat Pack 2 and Scat Pak 3 kits, helping more customers transform their vehicles from daily drivers into track-ready rides.
"We continue to deliver on our performance mission by inspiring our owners with extreme personalization and exclusive performance package options," said Pietro Gorlier, President and CEO — Mopar Brand Service, Parts and Customer Care, FCA. "Our kits are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for our vehicles, providing our customers not only outstanding performance but also peace of mind."
Mopar Scat Pack 2 Performance Kit
The Mopar Scat Pack 2 performance upgrade kit is geared toward the performance enthusiast looking for an extra competitive edge in their 5.7L HEMI® engine, taking vehicles off the street and putting them on the track. The kit offers a new Mopar Performance camshaft that works in conjunction with the components of the Scat Pack 1 kit, further improving the breathing of the engine to deliver an additional acceleration advantage.
Also included is a set of Mopar Performance valve springs, tie bars, upgraded pushrods and all the gaskets. The kit delivers a performance upgrade while also preserving the factory warranty. Two Scat Pack 2 badges complete the package to put on display and tease what is lurking under the hood.
The Scat Pack 2 performance numbers have exceeded the previously announced 30 horsepower that was initially expected due to extensive optimization by Mopar Performance engineers. As a result, the addition of a Scat Pack 2 kit to a ride can provide as much as an additional 56 horsepower and 30 lb-ft of torque from the stock engine. These numbers are corrected to SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) J1349 standard conditions, which means these are true power increases.
The Scat Pack 2 performance kit for 2011-2015 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles with the 5.7L HEMI is now available through an authorized dealership for a manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of $1,895.
Mopar Scat Pack 3 Performance Kit
The Mopar Scat Pack 3 Performance kit is specifically tailored for the competitive enthusiast looking for extreme performance and ultimate bragging rights.
As the final building block in the 5.7L Scat Pack family, Scat Pack 3 puts the finishing touches on gains realized by Scat Pack 1 and 2. With the addition of new Mopar Performance CNC-ported cylinder heads, Mopar hi-flow manifolds and hi-flow catalysts, drivers will reap the benefits of up to 75 more horsepower and 44 lb-ft of torque with this made-for-the-track upgrade.
The performance upgrade kit also includes a gasket set, exhaust manifolds, exhaust adapter, mounting brackets, hardware and two Scat Pack 3 badges. Like Scat Pack 2, the Scat Pack 3 kit boosts performance while maintaining the factory warranty.
The Scat Pack 3 for 2011-2015 Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger vehicles is now available for a MSRP of $4,495 through an authorized dealership.
Installation of the Scat Pack 2 and Scat Pack 3 kits requires a revised calibration provided by Arrow Racing.
World of Mopar
Mopar has evolved over more than 75 years into a brand with a mission to enhance the ownership experience for all FCA brand customers worldwide. The statistics below illustrate Mopar's global scope:
More than 500,000 Mopar parts and accessories are distributed every year
The Mopar brand has a presence in more than 150 markets worldwide
52 Parts Distribution Centers (PDCs) are in operation
Mopar products reach 14,800 ship-to locations around the globe
27 Mopar customer-contact hubs are in operation worldwide
The brand's global footprint includes 19.5 million square feet of warehouse space and 43 commercial offices
About Mopar Brand
Mopar (a simple contraction of the words Motor and PARts) was trademarked in 1937 with the launch of an antifreeze product, but it truly made its mark in the 1960s during the muscle-car era. From Mopar Performance Parts to enhance speed and handling for both road and racing use, the brand soon expanded to include technical service and customer support.
Today, Mopar is FCA's service, parts and customer-care brand and distributes more than 500,000 parts and accessories in over 150 markets around the world. With more than 50 parts distribution centers and 27 customer contact hubs globally, Mopar integrates service, parts and customer-care operations in order to enhance dealer and customer support worldwide. Mopar is the source for genuine parts and accessories for FCA brands.
Mopar parts are engineered together with the same teams that create factory-authorized specifications for FCA vehicles. This offers a direct connection that no other aftermarket parts company can provide. A complete list of Mopar accessories and performance parts is available at: www.mopar.com.
Mopar has introduced numerous industry-first features including:
Vehicle-information apps: first to introduce smartphone vehicle-information applications, a new channel of communication with customers
Electronic owner manuals: first to introduce traditional owner manuals in a DVD and brief user-guide format. First to offer complete vehicle-information kits in Spanish
Wi-Fi: first to offer customers the ability to make their vehicle a wireless hot spot
Wireless charging: first to introduce in-vehicle wireless charging for portable devices
Electronic Vehicle Tracking System (EVTS): first to market with interactive vehicle tracking device that sends owner a text when vehicle is driven too fast or too far based on pre-set parameters
wiADVISOR: first to provide factory-connected tablet technology in the service lane for instant vehicle diagnosis
wiTECH: first to support vehicle diagnosis and software updates leveraging off-the-shelf personal computers and a dedicated wireless tool network
2011 Mopar Challenger Drag Pak: first to introduce a 500-plus cubic-inch V-10 drag-race package car