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Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak is newest drag star

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The recently unveiled Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will captive drag racing fans with the brand’s first-ever offering of a supercharged engine. It is designed for Sportsman racers who compete in nationally sanctioned drag racing series such as the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) south of the border. 

A prototype was first revealed in 2014 at the 60th NHRA U.S. Nationals.

More specifically, the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak by Mopar is powered by either a supercharged 354-cubic-inch (5.8L) Gen III HEMI engine or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch (7.0L) Gen III HEMI engine. Output ratings have yet to be announced.

Each engine version carries a distinctive graphic identification package: The supercharged Challenger Drag Pak sports a Mopar Blue stripe and a “354 Supercharged” decal, while the naturally aspirated model displays a horizontal black stripe along its side with a 426 HEMI engine logo.

“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.” 

Expect the new Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak to achieve fantastic quarter-mile times in the 8-seconds range with a seasoned driver behind the wheel. That would easily best the performance delivered by other supercars like the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1, Nissan GT-R, and even the Bugatti Veyron.

The interior is quite a formidable place to sit in, much like that of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. It features a Mopar gauge pack, driver and passenger lightweight racing seats, along with a safety net, a 5-point harness, and a redesigned full roll cage fabricated to NHRA specifications. 

Of course, any self-respecting drag car needs monstrous tires. The 15” wheels on the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak are shod in 28”x4.5” front and 30”x9” rear tires. As  for the brakes, they use race-specific callipers and master cylinder. 

Such exceptional numbers and specifications carry a massive price tag, though. The MSRP for the naturally aspirated 426 version is $99,426, while the 354 supercharged model retails for $109,354.

Photos:S.D'Amour
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