Say hello to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon's spiritual successor.
The limited-production Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was built to dominate the drag strip. At the time, this was the most hardcore Challenger SRT ever made and essentially a drag racer for the road, but production was limited to only 3,000 units and ended in 2018. But now the Dodge Demon has a spiritual successor.
Meet the drag racing-focused 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, which Dodge claims is "the world's quickest and most powerful muscle car."
"I swore that we'd never build another Demon and we won't," said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars at FCA North America. "But I also said that every Challenger Hellcat and Redeye comes with an unspoken commitment to uphold the brand and the new Challenger SRT Super Stock is engineered to do just that."
Its name is derived from the "Super Stock" drag racing class that features modified race cars that look like ordinary passenger cars.
Powering this beast is the same supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine that also currently powers the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Paired with a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission, the powertrain features a revised calibration that increases the redline from 6,300 rpm to 6,400 rpm and increases the power output to 807 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque on pump gas, a 10-hp boost over the standard SRT Hellcat Redeye.
The Challenger SRT Super Stock comes with a widebody as standard, as well as Brembo brakes and a new suspension that shifts as much weight as possible to the rear tires to improve traction. A wheel and drag radial combination enables faster launches off the line. The Super Stock rides on 18-inch wheels with a low gloss granite finish wrapped in massive, sticky 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials at all four corners.
As a result of these improvements, the Super Stock will accelerate from 0-62 mph in 3.25 seconds, do the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph, and reach a top speed of 168 mph. That's still not as quick as the Demon, however, which could hit 0-62 mph in 2.3-seconds, blitz the quarter-mile in 9.54 seconds, and top out at 140 mph.
For maximum performance on the drag strip, activating track mode will set the front shocks for firm compression and soft rebound damping and the rear shocks to firm compression and firm rebound damping. When the gas pedal is released, the system switches to soft compression and firm rebound at the front and rear for improved handling. The traction control system is also disabled in track mode to enable the rear wheels to spin for a burnout, but the electronic stability control system is still activated to improve straight-line performance.
Other drag-specific components and tech includes launch assist, which was introduced for the Demon to prevent wheel hop, launch control, line lock, torque reserve, race cooldown that minimizes heat soak effects to the engine at the optimum operating temperature, a real-time dyno graph and g-force heat map, and an 'SRT Power Chiller' that uses the air conditioning refrigerant to help cool compressed air entering the 6.2-liter HEMI V8.
Unlike the Demon, production of the Challenger SRT Super Stock will not be limited, meaning it will still be available for the 2021 model year. Orders for the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock will open this summer, with production starting at FCA's Brampton Assembly Plant this fall. Deliveries will begin later this year.
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