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Ranking The Greatest Dodge Challengers As The Legend Fades Away

Vukasin Herbez November 3, 2023

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Dodge Challenger Drag Pack

Drag racing is significant in the USA and manufacturers sometimes produce specially prepared versions for racers in Stock classes. Those cars started their life as ordinary models but have been turned into fierce drag racers by eliminating all that isn’t necessary and adding much more power (via Motor Trend).

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The best example is the crazy Dodge Challenger Drag Pack model, which debuted in 2011 as a non-street-legal model sold only to professional racers and teams. It was a stripped-down Challenger with a Viper V10 engine, 600 hp, and drag tires. As soon as this car appeared on race tracks across the country, records were shattered. Its 0 to 60 mph time was only 1.80 seconds.

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Dodge Challenger Hellcat

In 2014, the Hellcat arrived and the car community went wild. Dodge released the Hellcat Charger and Challenger models to excellent fanfare. This reaction was logical since the 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8 with 707 hp is a proper monster of a muscle car that Dodge arguably shouldn’t release on the streets. But they did just that, allowing the general public to buy one of the fastest and most powerful muscle cars ever built. Despite enormous power in any aspect, Hellcats are surprisingly good to drive and can be docile at low speeds (via Car and Driver).

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Only when you press the throttle and unleash the fury of 707 supercharged Hemi horses can you feel the brutality of the Hellcat package and all the power sent to the rear wheels. The 0 to 60 mph times are in the high three-second range and the car can top 200 mph.

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2016 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

Sparking the drag strip wars, Dodge made another strong move in 2016 by introducing the 2016 Challenger Drag Pak model. This time, the mighty V10 was gone. Instead, Dodge offered two engines (via Top Speed).

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The white and blue paint scheme signaled a 5.7-liter supercharged V8 under the hood and the white and black paint meant a naturally aspirated 426 Hemi V8 powered that Challenger. Even though the displacement suggests that it was the same 426 Hemi from the glory days of muscle cars, this was a modern version with unique internals and aluminum blocks and heads.

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Dodge Challenger Widebody

The Challenger is a tuner’s dream. There are just so many modifications drivers can make to this car. Even the factory itself released a particular version. The Challenger Widebody was first listed in 2019. This model has a special widebody kit similar to the Hellcat (via Dodge).

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However, the Widebody option can be ordered with lesser Challengers. It’s pretty popular with people looking to have a wide Challenger that looks like a Hellcat but goes a bit slower. Still, the Widebody goes on Scat Pack and V8-powered models, so it’s still fast.

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2021 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak

Although Dodge announced that the Challenger would be discontinued, its legacy will live on through specialty models like the Drag Pak. In 2021, Dodge improved the well-known model with better components, more challenging parts, and a faster-shifting automatic transmission (via Dodge Garage).

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Under the lightweight hood is a sturdy 5.7-liter Hemi with a supercharger, aluminum block, and forged rods. Interestingly, Dodge also offered a body-in-white without the engine for customers who wanted to install their own drivetrains.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170

How do we properly say goodbye to the modern muscle era? The Hellcat and the Demon were great but the SRT Demon 170 is on another level. What is it? It is a 2023-only model with 1,025 hp (on race gas) and a 0 to 60 mph time of 1.66 seconds (on race tires) (via Auto Week).

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The 6.4-liter supercharged Hemi V8 has improvements to deliver such impressive power. On standard gas, the SRT Demon 170 has “just” 900 hp, but on race fuel, it provides a full 1,025 hp. However, it comes with only one seat since it is a race car. Previously, the passenger seat was available as a $1 option, so on the Demon 170, it will be similar. The base price is $140,000 and only 3,300 cars will leave the factory in Ontario.

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