2015 Dodge Challenger Mopar Drag Pak Burnout
For the first time, Mopar’s factory-prepped drag racer will be offered with two engines. The 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak can be fitted either with a supercharged 354-cubic-inch (5.8 liters) V-8 engine, or a naturally aspirated 426-cubic-inch (7.0 liters) V-8. Mopar builds the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak cars specifically for NHRA Sportsman drag racing. The cars are equipped with upgrades like a unique suspension, tougher axles, a roll cage, lightweight racing seats with five-point harnesses, a window safety net, and upgraded brakes. The supercharged 354-cubic-inch engine is one of Mopar Gen III Hemi V-8s, with a cast-iron block, a forged crankshaft, a high-performance Mopar camshaft, and a special racing engine-computer tune. The 426 engine option, meanwhile, is also a Hemi V-8 with aluminum cylinder heads, an aluminum block, and pressed-in steel liners. Both models come with an upgraded racing automatic transmission. Just how fast is one of these quarter-mile monsters? Mopar motorsports marketing manager Dale Aldo says the Drag Pak cars “ran consistently” eight-second quarter-mile times during initial testing. For reference, Dodge says the 707-hp Charger Hellcat street car needs a whole 11.0 seconds to blast through the quarter-mile mark. Pricing for the 2015 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak will ensure that it is purchased only by professional racers. The 426-cubic-inch model starts at an appropriately selected $99,426, while the 354-cubic-inch version is $109,354. Mopar has sold turnkey drag-racing models for years; In the past, Mopar has even offered its Drag Pak cars with a V-10 engine.