2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock First Look: Drag Race Heaven?

2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock First Look: Drag Race Heaven?

Our fingers get tired of writing about the latest power increases at Dodge. But apparently, the brand’s engineers are well caffeinated because Dodge announced its latest and fastest drag racing machine: the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock 2020. This is in addition to the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye 2021 also announced and the last step of the electric stool: the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, which gives the three-row SUV 707 hp from the brand.

But back to Super Stock. The new addition to the family has the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 as the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye, but it has been recalibrated to change the waypoint from 6,300 rpm to 6,400 rpm, as well as to extract 10 additional horses. The total now stands at 807 horses. The aging body of the two-door Challenger has been massaged to handle the ever-increasing power, not to mention the engine’s 707 lb-ft of torque.

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“It’s the most powerful and fastest muscle car you can buy,” said Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of passenger cars for FCA North America. The Challenger is both the oldest and, it seems, the fastest coupe in its segment, thanks to the manufacturer of the 4,450-pound coupe who reported a 3.3-second getaway at 60 mph (3, 25 seconds if you want to cut your hair) and 10.5 seconds down the quarter mile with a trap speed of 131 mph. Super Stock – it takes its name from the Super Stock category of modified passenger cars in drag racing – has a top speed limited to tires of 168 mph.

Dodge Demon Successor?

Customers can place orders for Super Stock this summer. Production at the Brampton, Ontario plant begins this fall, and deliveries are expected to begin later this year. The price has not been announced but is expected to be slightly higher than the Redeye Widebody, which starts at $ 80,190.

“I have sworn that we will never build another demon and we will not,” said Kuniskis. “But I also said that every Hellcat and Redeye Challenger comes with a tacit commitment to [upholding] the brand and the new Challenger SRT Super Stock are designed for that. “

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a limited production drag race ready model, offered only for the 2018 model year. Its spirit is rekindled in the Super Stock. That said, the Super Stock is not a limited production model. In fact, sales of the model will continue for the 2021 model year.

It will take a keen eye to recognize a Challenger SRT Super Stock on the street, as the model does not have a special badge. Those who are aware, however, will be warned by the wheels of the high-powered muscle machine, as the wide body of the Super Stock allows Dodge to fit the car to 18 by 11 inch wheels – with a Granite Low Gloss finish. – pavements in 315 / 40R18 Nitto NT05R radial drag. These tires should prevent the Super Stock from unnecessarily burning the rubber, which the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is likely to do to its Pirellis. The stopping power, meanwhile, is courtesy of the Brembo four-piston calipers securing the 14.2-inch ventilated rotors.

Designed for burnouts

In addition, the Super Stock benefits from suspension improvements, a performance-optimized limited-slip differential and a final transmission ratio of 3.09. The Bilstein adaptive shock absorbers of the muscle car are adjusted to transfer as much weight as possible to the rear tires at launch for maximum traction.

Put the car in Track mode and the shock absorbers are adjusted for firm compression and rebound when the car is running at full speed. Turn off the gas and the compression of the shock absorbers softens while the rebound remains firm. In addition, Track mode disables the car’s traction control system to allow burnouts, but keeps the electronic stability control engaged to ensure that the car accelerates in a straight line. Choose Street mode and the shock absorbers prioritize driving comfort above all (there are also Sport and Auto modes).

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Launch time

Needless to say, the Challenger SRT Super Stock sports a lot of standard drag-specific content, including the same Dodge launch assist system introduced on the Demon. Designed to prevent wheel jumping, Launch Assist uses wheel speed sensors to look for signs of tire slip or sticking. If something goes wrong, the engine control module will reduce engine torque to maximize traction without the driver having to lift the accelerator.

In addition, Dodge equips the Super Stock with launch control and line locking systems, the latter allowing smoky burnouts. The car’s cooldown feature, which debuted on the demon, does what its name implies: cools things down. If things get a little warm under the hood, the Challenger SRT Super Stock will keep the cooling fan and the cooling pump running after the engine is stopped. The Dodge Challenger may be old, but as the 2020 SRT Super Stock proves, it is always able to learn new tricks.

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