Just when you think the Challenger SRT Hellcat couldn't get any more powerful, Dodge ups the ante. Last year, the carmaker introduced the Hellcat Redeye, which increased the output from 707 to 797 horsepower. This year, Dodge has managed to squeeze out even more power with another new model based on last year's Redeye. The 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock arrives as the most powerful model since the Demon, built to take on America's drag strips.
If you did not have an opportunity to nab one of the 3,000 Demons built in 2018, this new Challenger Super Stock is the next best thing. Unlike the Demon, Dodge says the Super Stock will not have a limited production and will continue into the 2021 model year. This is music to our ears because it means we shouldn't see insane dealer markups or speculators trying to sell cars that haven't even been driven.
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6.2-liter Supercharged V8 Gas
Dodge says it has designed the Challenger Super Stock based on the "Super Stock" class of vehicle in drag racing. This class is filled with highly modified vehicles that look just like ordinary passenger cars. To that effect, the Super Stock does not have any defining styling features aside from what is already equipped to a Challenger Hellcat. There aren't even any badges signifying that it is a Super Stock. To spot one of these from far away, you'll have to have some serious skills.
The only dead giveaways are the 18-inch-by-11-inch wheels with a Low Gloss Granite finish, which are wrapped in 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radial tires. As for the rest of the styling, Dodge may call this a sleeper car but there is nothing sleepy about the Challenger's aggressive styling, especially when finished in a bright hue like TorRed, Frostbite, or Go Mango.
By this point, you have either learned to accept the Dodge Challenger for its flaws, or you haven't. The interior, despite having all most of the same features found in luxury cars, such as comfy heated and ventilated seats, and automatic climate control, it doesn't have the high-quality materials to match. There are plenty of cheap plastics and some panels will be questionably fastened down but the money isn't spent on the interior, its spent under the hood.
Dodge has now managed to increase the output of its 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 to 807 horsepower (on pump gas). This is a 10 hp increase over the standard Redeye while torque remains the same at 707 pound-feet. Putting all of this power down is a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission sending drive to the rear wheels, which are wrapped in sticky drag radials with an increased sidewall. All of these changes help the Super Stock hit 60 mph in just 3.25 seconds with a quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds at 131 mph. The top speed is limited only by the tires at 165 mph.
This car was clearly built with the drag strip in mind but it still features four-piston Brembo brake calipers with 14.2-inch vented rotors, a new suspension with Bilstein shocks, and an asymmetrical limited-slip differential with a 3.09 final drive ratio. Dodge will also include a slew of performance features such as launch control, line lock, torque reserve, race cooldown, SRT performance pages, and SRT power chiller, which uses the A/C to cool the engine.
Dodge does not appear to have any direct competitors to the Challenger SRT Super Stock. Both the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE and Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 are too focused on race track performance to keep up with the Super Stock on a drag strip. Those cars should leave the Challenger for dead on the first corner but if you prefer your tracks to be a single long straight, the Super Stock is your car. No pricing information has been announced but we expect the Super Stock to cost more than the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, which starts at $78,295.