In May, as the month drew to a close, rumors began to circulate that Dodge would produce a Challenger ACR, a track-oriented version of the rugged coupe. It was not the first time that we had heard of the potential model. However, in early June, an anonymous Dodge spokesperson said the model would not happen. Now a new report from Muscle Cars and Trucks has the final answer, and no, Dodge is not building it.
The publication spoke with Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, who confirmed that a Challenger ACR would not come from the automaker. “Our cars will not be track cars, it’s just physics,” he said. MC&T. And that’s true. While Dodge has done a great job of making the Challenger a high-powered drag racing superstar, the model has a weight that would make transformation into a stellar track car a challenge.
Kuniskis admitted he couldn’t beat the Ford Mustang GT500, adding, “I should have a wing the size of a house, I shouldn’t have a seat.” It’s just something Dodge can’t do. However, that doesn’t seem to be a problem for the automaker anyway. Many Dodge customers identify with drag racing as opposed to road racing, says MC&T. Dodge doesn’t need to build one because customers are happy with what the automaker is offering today.
The nickname ACR, which stands for American Club Racer, should be familiar to Mopar fans. Other track-oriented cars to wear the badge include the Viper and, surprisingly, the front-wheel drive Neon, which still has a solid reputation long after Dodge abandoned the model. However, seeing the ACR badge on a Challenger will be left to our imagination. The two-tonne curb weight of the Challenger is just too heavy to overcome.