A New Dodge Challenger Variant Could Go Viper Hunting!

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Strap on the ACR badge and say goodbye to lap records.

Remember the Dodge Viper ACR? Of course you do. It's the most extreme circuit racing machine that Dodge has ever built and it set numerous track records at facilities all over the world, but couldn't quite crack the Nurburgring. Now, Dodge wants to bring back that handling prowess and see it shine on the next Dodge Challenger derivative. While nothing has been confirmed yet, sources inside the company have provided details to Allpar on what we can expect from the third-ever ACR model. While the Hellcat and Demon variants of the Challenger have been lauded for their incredibly deep reserves of power, the ACR will not necessarily be on such a frenzied power trip. American Club Racer models are about lightness, handling, and stopping ability.

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For this reason, it seems likely that there will be two variants. One will be fitted with the 392 Hemi engine, since some racing classes and series do not allow supercharged engines, while the other model will reportedly be fitted with the Hellcat Redeye's 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi with 797 horsepower. As with the Viper ACR of old, we expect beefy Brembo brakes, carbon fiber where feasible for reduced weight, and reworked suspension. Speaking of weight, the target is apparently to make the special-edition Challenger lighter than 4,000 pounds. In terms of the suspension, you can expect to be able to make your own adjustments for damping, rebound, height, caster, and camber. This won't just be a limited-edition with some styling changes and stickers - it will be most at home on the track.

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The Viper ACR's massive rear wing is reportedly going to be fitted unchanged to the Challenger ACR, and could be adjustable too. The source also claims that the target is to make the Challenger as quick as the Viper was on track, with a time within two seconds of that of the Viper ACR-E's Road America time. Upgrades will be made to the cooling system too, ensuring that you can keep pushing for lap after lap without killing the engine. It's too early to know what pricing will be like, but we expect that it won't cost much more than your Hellcat, which starts around $60,000 at the moment. Worth it? We think it should be brilliant.

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Source Credits: Allpar

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