By on July 20, 2018

Image: FCA

If you went to bed last night worried that Dodge doesn’t field enough Challenger variants to satisfy your diverse driving whims, rest easy tonight. The Challenger, which harbors more personas than David Bowie, wants you to go to the dragstrip again.

For 2019, the Challenger R/T Scat Pack gives birth to a new offering that, while borrowing much of the defunct SRT Demon’s launch-assist hardware, rejects its hellish dragster predecessor’s supercharged 6.2-liter in favor of 6.4 liters of naturally aspirated grunt. 

Normally, you’d find the 485 hp, 475 lb-ft mill lurking beneath the hood of Challengers bearing the 392 designation, but this big coupe swaps that number for larger one: 1320 — the number of feet in a quarter mile.

Image: FCA

Fiat Chrysler claims its newest offering can complete the quarter mile in an elapsed time of 11.7 seconds at 115 mph, thus making it “the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car available.” The model’s launch comes just ahead of this weekend’s Dodge Mile-High NHRA Nationals (Powered by Mopar) at Bandimere Speedway in Colorado.

Unlike the Demon, this version can be driven from the showroom to the dragstrip and back without the owner having to worry about Johnny Law. There’s no crate of gear available with this one, no skinny front tires to swap out before heading home. The R/T Scat Pack 1320’s Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 slicks are street legal.

However, much like the Demon, this ride comes with a single seat as standard equipment. You can add a passenger seat and rear bench for a buck apiece.

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What elevates this model further above its brethren is the addition of Adaptive Damping Suspension with Drag Mode (to induce grip-boosting rear squat at launch), Line Lock (to hold the vehicle in place while freeing up the rear rubber for warm-up), TransBrake (to pre-load the driveline and hold the car stationary for a brake-free launch), Torque Reserve (to fine-tune fuel delivery), and “extreme-duty” 41-spline half shafts. Naturally, there’s a Brembo high-performance brake package to bring a quick end to the party.

All of these goodies add $3,995 to the pre-destination MSRP of a Challenger R/T Scat Pack. Unlike the stock R/T Scat Pack, the only transmission choice here is an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic, and that adds another $1,595 to the sticker. Factoring in the destination fee, Dodge’s newest dragster will run you $45,980.

Is the three-tenths-of-a-second improvement in quarter mile time worth the extra cost over a basic R/T Scat Pack? That’s up to you to decide. The 1320 goes on sale in early 2019.

Image: FCA

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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13 Comments on “The Number of the Beast: Dodge Debuts Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320...”


  • avatar
    ajla

    Take my money.

  • avatar
    Drew8MR

    Honestly, that’s a decent amount of actual stuff (and not infotainment/driver aid bs that’s 2 generations behind before you even take delivery) for $4K.

  • avatar
    danio3834

    I kind of really want to sell my old Charger that I use for drag racing and buy one of these. I’m not a “MUST HAVE THE BEST! DEM0N!!!1211” kinda guy. I want a solid competitive bracket car that can be a ton of fun on the street. This looks to be that.

  • avatar
    OzCop

    Yup…that could get me back to the drag strip after a 30 plus year absence…
    You could not build that car for 45 grand beginning with a basic V 8 Challenger…

  • avatar
    NoID

    The Dodge Challenger is to cars what the Kingman Spyder is/was to paintball guns.

    Unlike the Kingman Spyder, however, I really like the Challenger.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    I’m heading out to the Syracuse Nationals today to check out some primo Mopars, 85 and sunny! I just spotted a Coronet Super Bee on my way home from the store, some of the best looking taillights ever. That 1320 Challenger is a summons waiting to happen. My insurance premiums would be more than my car payment.

  • avatar
    Art Vandelay

    Not really my thing, but God bless them for having the balls to do this stuff.

    • 0 avatar
      raph

      Does it really take balls to make a parts bin car? FCA is just recycling bits and pieces developed for thier other SE’s and mixing and matching with little financial risk.

      Real balls would be say going toe to toe with the Camaro and Mustang with a brand new chassis at every price point and tossing the hemi in the dumpster for a TTV6 Hybrid with a CVT calling it Challenger with a complete break in styling from the current car.

      Not that I’m saying a new Challenger variant isn’t cool but they arent really breaking any ground with new engineering or betting money on an unproven concept. Challengers sell well with a ready market for people wanting a big personal coupe/ muscle car that doesnt necessarily pretend its a “sportscar”.

      Speaking of real balls GM investing all that time and effort into what are essentially lot queens with the alpha based Camaros. Well balls or insanity, I don’t know? As they repeatedly take the same sketchy formula they applied to the 4th gen Camaro which was more or less style and performance take precedence over practicality and ergonomics and expecting a different result.

  • avatar
    TMA1

    Cool. I’d still spec the Shaker hood/manual combo, though it’s not much less money.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Oh, yeah, I like it. The name, the price, and the natural aspiration are all appealing.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    Everyone knows what ‘scat’ means, yeah?

  • avatar
    06M3S54B32

    Another ugly ass retro Dodge. I’d be embarrassed to be seen on a POS like that. Lol. Proof America cars never evolved in 40 years.

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