Chevrolet has the COPO Camaro, Ford has the Mustang Cobra Jet, and Dodge has the Challenger Drag Pak. Each one is a limited-edition, track-only turnkey drag racer from the factory. Dodge will bring out a new version of its model next year, with a reveal at the 2019 SEMA Show (we will update this story with pictures from the show stand). We last saw a new Challenger Drag Pak in 2015, preceded by models in 2010 and 2008 (yet another reminder that the current Challenger has been around a long time). Dodge will build just 50 of these quarter-mile specials, and there are few details beyond that at this point.
Under the hood is a supercharged, aluminum-block, 354 cubic inch racing-specific version of the current Gen III Hemi. The displacement is the same as the supercharged engine in previous Drag Pak, which used a cast-iron block. We’re assuming that, like the previous car, it started as a 6.1-liter (370 cu.in.), destroked to the 354 figure that’s also a callback to previous hot Mopars. In 2015, there were 60 drag packs sold, 25 of which came with a 426 cu.in. naturally aspirated Hemi. This time around, all are supercharged. Dodge won’t disclose the specific horsepower yet, but they say it has a new supercharger that will deliver more horsepower and torque. A T400 three-speed automatic with a Kwik-shift shifter transmits the power to the rear wheels.
The Drag Pak comes with an SFI-approved roll cage, Race Tech seats, and new, lightweight wheels from Weld Racing. Pricing has yet to be announced, and production will start early next year.