With the Hellcat engine finding its way into more of Dodge’s lineup, the Challenger clearly needed to step it up a notch. The Dodge Challenger ACR, sadly, is not going to happen. But even with the Charger getting its own 797-hp Redeye trim, the 2-door muscle car could still climb higher. And with the 2020 SRT Super Stock, it’s climbed right next to Dodge’s street-legal drag racer, the Demon.
2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock vs. the Demon
The 2018 Dodge Demon, like the rest of its Hellcat brethren, came with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8. And on 104-octane racing fuel, Motor Trend reports, it could develop 840 hp and 770 lb-ft. On a prepped drag racing surface, the Demon could do 0-60 in 2.1 seconds, fast enough to wheelie for a few feet. In fact, its ¼-mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph was so fast, it was banned from competitive racing because it didn’t offer a roll-cage.
The 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock isn’t quite as extreme. It can’t run on 104-octane gas, and it doesn’t offer the Demon’s trans brake, Road & Track reports. Then again, outside of a drag strip, the Demon couldn’t rampage at its fullest potential, either.
On 91-octane, the Demon only made 808 hp and 717 lb-ft. Meanwhile, the Super Stock’s Redeye-derived 6.2-liter supercharged V8 delivers 807 hp and 707 lb-ft. And a claimed 0-60 time of 3.25 seconds isn’t exactly slow.
Borrowing from the Demon’s toolbox
While the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock doesn’t have all the Demon’s tricks, some do carry over. For example, it has the exact same lightweight 18” wheels and tires as the Demon, Autoblog reports. The latter are Nitto NT50R drag radials.
Those are also the only things differentiating it from the Redeye. ‘Super Stock’ is a class of drag racing cars that look stock, but are far from it. So the Challenger Super Stock is a Q-ship, kind of; as much as an 808-hp muscle car can be, anyway.
The Super Stock also offers the same launch-assist and launch control systems to better modulate the power. And, like the Demon, the Challenger SRT Super Stock comes with line-lock, which brakes the front wheels to the rears can spin and warm-up, Autoweek explains. Plus, the Super Stock can also use its A/C system to cool the air intake, MT reports.
Finally, the Super Stock features different brake, suspension, and transmission hardware than the Redeye. In Track mode, the adaptive Bilstein dampers stay stiff in the back but soften in the front, Car and Driver reports. This puts more weight over the rear tires, for better traction. The Challenger Super Stock also has a standard limited-slip differential, Automobile reports. And the vented Brembo brakes are actually slightly down-sized to fit within the smaller, more aerodynamic wheels.
Pricing and availability
Unlike the Demon, the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock isn’t intended for limited production. It will be sold both for the 2020 and 2021 model years, with orders scheduled to open up in summer 2020. The first Super Stocks should hit dealers in fall 2020.
As of this writing, Dodge hasn’t released Challenger Super Stock pricing. The current Challenger Redeye Widebody starts at $78,295. Which means the Super Stock will likely sticker for $80,000-$90,000.
Because of all this drag-strip focus, the Shelby GT500 Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE will likely offer better handling than the Super Stock. The GT500 is down 47 hp, but it has roughly the same 0-60 time and costs less than the Redeye.
But if you’ve wanted a Demon, the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is possessed by a similar spirit.
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