Dodge Challenger Drag Pak embraces straight-line pace

Brutal American muscle car given even more pace with drag strip-dedicated package

Muscle cars have a reputation for being straight-line monsters rather than corner-carvers.

With the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak from Mopar, the American brand is embracing this attitude by turning the regular Challenger into a vehicle specially designed for the strip.

Actually, Mopar has turned the Challenger into two drag strip-ready vehicles – one with a supercharged 354 cubic inch HEMI V8 (that's 5.8 litres), the other with a larger (but naturally aspirated) 426 cubic inch HEMI (7 litres).

The former uses a cast-iron block with a forged steel crankshaft, MOPAR camshaft and custom engine calibration, while the 426ci car uses an aluminium block with steel liners and aluminium cylinder heads. It too uses custom engine calibration, while each uses a race-developed automatic transmission – the gearbox of choice for serious drag racers.

Far more than just an engine package, each Drag Pak car also features several special modifications to prepare it for the strip.

At the front, the cars use new Mopar-designed suspension with adjustable front struts. The back end is even more serious, with four-link suspension, a Panhard bar, beefy axles and a four-inch diameter driveshaft. Adjustable dampers feature here too, as does an anti-roll bar. Wheels are 15-inch diameter front and rear, but those at the rear wear tyres 30 inches in diameter and 9in wide.

A roll cage dominates the interior, though dashboard design remains the same as the production car. A set of Mopar gauges, lightweight seats for both driver and passenger, and a five-point harness all feature.

Other changes are harder to spot, but useful for racers – such as a rear-hinged bonnet rather than the car’s usual front-hinged item, and trailer tie-down loops so drivers can easily secure their car for trips to the strip.

Just 60 will be made – 35 using the supercharged engine for $109,354, and 25 of the naturally-aspirated car at $99,426. Corners? You’d better look elsewhere…

Recommended

All-new 2023 Ford Mustang spied in the USA
Ford Mustang Mule – pictures
Ford Mustang

All-new 2023 Ford Mustang spied in the USA

Dearborn’s muscle car fights back for another generation with a V8 in hand
21 Jan 2022
New-build right-hand drive Shelby Cobras now available in the UK
Shelby Cobra MkIII – front quarter
muscle cars

New-build right-hand drive Shelby Cobras now available in the UK

UK-based importer Clive Sutton is now importing three Cobra variants, all built-to-order in the USA
14 Dec 2021
Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 UK review – how does Ford’s maddest muscle car handle Blighty?
Ford Shelby GT500 – front cornering
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 UK review – how does Ford’s maddest muscle car handle Blighty?

Loud and crass, and yet paradoxically sophisticated, the GT500 is unremittingly brilliant
10 Dec 2021
Ford Mustang Mach 1 2021 review – America’s BMW M4 gets track fit
Ford Mustang Mach 1 – static
Ford Mustang

Ford Mustang Mach 1 2021 review – America’s BMW M4 gets track fit

A host of small upgrades make a big difference to Ford’s fine Mustang V8
20 Oct 2021

Most Popular

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way
P25 teaser
Subaru

Prodrive P25 teased – continuation Subaru Impreza WRX STI on its way

Maker of the P1 and a key facilitator of Subaru’s rally heritage, Prodrive is working on a very special new project
19 May 2022
BMW M4 CSL revealed – M Division eyes the Porsche 911 GT3
BMW M4 CSL – front quarter
BMW M4 coupe

BMW M4 CSL revealed – M Division eyes the Porsche 911 GT3

It’s 100kg lighter, is rear-wheel drive and a 542bhp power figure. Bring it on.
19 May 2022
Used car deals of the week
header
used cars

Used car deals of the week

This week, we found a special McLaren 12C, a rare Mazda RX-7 and more
19 May 2022