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The Chrysler Group has offered up the first information and images of the 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, a purpose built race car that is based closely on the production road model right down to the Hellcat-like front end, but rather than the supercharged 6.2L Hemi, the 2015 Drag Pak test car is powered by a naturally aspired 426 cubic inch race Hemi. Patrick Rall Reports from TorqueNews.com.
Over the past few years, the Dodge Motorsports division and the folks from SRT have teamed up to build a limited number of Dodge Challenger Drag Pak units. These purpose built racecars were not legal for road use, but they came equipped with all of the features required to conform to the NHRA and IHRA Stock and Super Stock production-based drag racing classes. Engine options over the past 5 years have included the 5.7L Hemi, the 6.1L Hemi and the 512 cubic inch Viper V10 – all of which have helped power some very fast and very successful drag racing programs in the last half decade.
The Chrysler Group is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 426 race Hemi in 2014 so what better way to commemorate one of the most successful drag racing engines ever than to roll out a new factory drag racing package with the modern incarnation of that engine…and that is exactly what Dodge has done with the 2015 Challenger Drag Pak. While the front end of the 2015 Challenger Drag Pak might look an awful lot like the new SRT Hellcat models, this track ready beast is designed to dominate the quarter mile with a naturally aspirated 426 cubic inch Gen III race Hemi rather than the new supercharged 6.2L V8…although things could certainly change before the company begins selling these race-only muscle cars to the public.
Introducing the First 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak
With 2015 marking the first significant refresh for the modern Dodge Challenger, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise to see the company roll out the next generation of the Challenger Drag Pak…at least in test car form. Up front, the 2015 Challenger Drag Pak test car wears the same headlight, grille and lower front fascia design as the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat. As was the case with past Drag Pak models, this race ready Challenger test car wears a vintage T/A-styled hood scoop and some lightweight racing wheels wrapped in Hoosier skinnies up front and some big fat Hoosier drag slicks out back.
2015 challenger drag pak burnout
Oddly, the first 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak test car still wears the old (pre-2015) rear end and considering the similarities between this “new” test car and the previous Challenger Drag Pak models – I would guess that this test car is just an older test car with a new front end and maybe a new interior layout. Unfortunately, the company hasn’t provided any images of the interior, but there is a good chance that this car has the same gauges needed for racing as the previous Drag Pak test cars.
Also unlike any of the new 2015 Dodge Challenger road models, this 2015 Drag Pak test car packs a very unproduction-like engine. Where the road models will come with the Pentastar V6, the 5.7L Hemi, the 6.4L Hemi and the new supercharged 6.2L Hemi – this beast is powered by a 426 cubic inch race Hemi mated to a three speed 727 automatic transmission. When coupled with the trick drag racing suspension and the copious amounts of weight reduction inside and out…this Challenger drag car should be able to lay down some stunning quarter mile times.
2015 challenger drag pak burnout rear
The Production 2015 Challenger Drag Pak Should Look a Little Different
Once the Chrysler Group officially offers up the 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak for public consumption, we can expect to see a handful of changes. First and foremost, I would expect to obviously see a rear end with the new taillights of the 2015 models rather than the 2014 taillights shown in the images here. If this test car doesn’t have an interior setting that looks like the layout found in the 2015 Challenger, I would expect that to change as well. Most importantly, I expect that the 2015 Challenger Drag Pak will come with at least one or two of the production road going engines including the 5.7L Hemi, the 6.4L Hemi and maybe even the Hellcat Hemi. The 426 race Hemi should be available as well, but those road going engines will allow the... [Read More]
The following story is from our friends at TorqueNews. Read the original story here.
Shortly after the first 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat models were introduced to the media, a report surfaced suggesting that the 707hp Hellcat Challenger would see just 1,200 examples – a report which Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis insists is 100% inaccurate and unfounded, as the company plans on building as many Hellcat powered Chargers and Challengers as they can sell.
When I attended the first wave of the 2015 Dodge Challenger media drive in Portland Oregon, we got to meet all of the 2015 Challengers, but the main focus was on the 707 horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat. While the representatives from the Chrysler Group, SRT and the Dodge brand talked about all of the new models – from the powerful V6 to the new R/T Scat Pack to the Hellcat Hemi – the focus of the media was on the models that offer more power than any American production car ever.
No Production Limits Mentioned at First
While at the event, the media and the folks from Dodge talked about all sorts of information on the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat including the price, specifics on the engine and the rest of the drivetrain, the performance capabilities and the unique exterior design that separates the Hellcat powered models from the rest of the 2015 Challenger lineup. What we did not discuss was any sort of production constraint…but shortly after the first few groups of journalists spent time with the Hellcat Challenger, a report from Edmunds insisted that the Hellcat models would indeed be limited production and with 1,200 units expected – the Challenger SRT Hellcat could be a tough one to get ahold of once they reach dealerships. Worse yet, low production leads to an excess of demand that would allow dealerships to send the price through the roof as prospective buyers line up to pay top dollar for one of the most powerful American production cars of all time.
Since that report surfaced, it has spread like wildfire as critics of the Hellcat Challenger have been quick to insist that it will simply become another high dollar collectable that will be purchased for well over MSRP and then stored away in a garage. Fortunately, it seems that the Edmunds report was incorrect, as Dodge brand president and CEO has made it very clear that the company has no intention of capping production.
Tim Kuniskis: No Production Limits on Hellcat Models
Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis was quick to announce at the debut of the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat that reports of the Hellcat Challenger being limited to just 1,200 units was totally incorrect. He said that with both the 707 horsepower Challenger and Charger, the company plans to build as many as they can sell so if they receive 600 orders for the Hellcat Challenger and 800 orders for the Hellcat Charger – they will build 600 Hellcat Challengers and 800 Hellcat Chargers for the 2015 model year. Along those same lines, if Dodge receives 2,500 orders for the Hellcat Challenger and 2,900 orders for the Hellcat Charger – they will built 5,400 Dodge muscle cars packing the supercharged 6.2L Hemi.
Of course, I have to point out that while the 707 horsepower Challenger and Charger are not subject to any specific production limit, there is probably a maximum capacity for the Hellcat models as the company can only build so many of the 6.2L supercharged Hemi engines in a given amount of time. Between the intricate assembly process and the high performance break-in/testing period on the dyno that every single Hellcat Hemi is subject to, this 707hp engine is one of the most time consuming and labor intensive engines in the Chrysler arsenal. Because of that, the Hemi engine plant cannot make as many Hellcat engines as they can, say, the 5.7L Hemi that is used across so many vehicles. In other words, Dodge doesn’t have a production limit in mind for the Hellcat powered Charger and Challenger, but the availability of... [Read More]
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