Fiat Chrysler’s long-running Challenger muscle car line-up is getting another new variant — and this one is the fastest muscle car on the planet.
The new Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi high-output V-8 that powers the SRT Hellcat Redeye; however, the SRT team has made a few tweaks to the powertrain to boost the power output to a stunning 807 horsepower.
All of that power, surpassing the 707 put out by the brand’s various Hellcat-badged vehicles, propels the new beast from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds. It runs the quarter mile in 10.5 seconds. All that power can be yours for just $79,900 and dealers start taking orders later this month with delivery expected in the fall.
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“There are a million jokes about bright colors, loud exhausts and racing stripes that make your car faster, but there is one sure thing — your car is only as fast as your tires,” said Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA – North America.
“The 2020 Challenger SRT Super Stock gives our weekend warriors the ability to upgrade to 18-inch drag radials without having to spend a ton of money on changing out brakes and suspension components. The racing community has figured out very quickly that this package is a hot setup.”
It is a “hot” set up. One that’s been around, largely unchanged, for nearly a decade. The SRT team continues to cajole more power out of the Challenger – and its four-door sibling Charger – to the delight of Mopar mavens. It’s a strategy that sits in contrast to the recently introduced C8 Chevy Corvette, where engineers felt stymied by the previous generations’ front-engine layout.
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They noted at the debut of the first-ever mid-engine ‘Vette that they couldn’t put any more power to the wheels than they already had with the front-engine model. The new Stingray puts out 490 hp, but clocks a sub 4-second 0 to 60 time. However, it’s other competitors, such as the Chevy Camaro and Ford Mustang remain front-engine models.
The new Challenger is a drag racer at heart and if you’re going to put that much testosterone under the hood, you need to make some other adjustments as well. Those include:
- Uniquely tuned Bilstein adaptive-damping high-performance suspension
- Lightweight all-aluminum Brembo four-piston brake calipers and 14.2-inch vented rotors
- Standard lightweight 18-by-11-inch wheels in Low Gloss Granite finish
- Sticky 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials at all four corners
- Performance-tuned asymmetrical limited-slip differential with a 3.09 final drive ratio
The wide body comes standard on the Challenger SRT Super Stock, making room for the wider wheels and the aforementioned standard drag radials.
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Ever since it introduced the 707-hp Hellcat, the SRT team has continued to try to push the limits of the package and the results include the 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Redeye, the most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan in the world, and the 710-hp Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever.