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Mopar Debuts the 4th Gen Challenger Drag Pak at SEMA

by Patrick Rall on

While it doesn’t come as much of a surprise, the big news from Mopar at the 2019 SEMA Show is the fourth generation of the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak. Like past versions, only 50 examples of this race-only muscle car will be produced for the 2020 model year and like past years, a supercharged 354-cubic inch Hemi provides motivation, but the Mopar team has made a handful of upgrades for the fourth gen race car that should allow it to better compete in the NHRA Factory Showdown class.

Fourth Gen Drag Pak Details

New for 2020, the Challenger Drag Pak features the look of the early Hellcat models, including the front and rear fascias and the hood, while past models had the exterior form of the Challenger R/T. Mopar has also introduced new Weld Racing wheels with rear beadlocks and front skinnies, all of which are branded with the Drag Pak name and wrapped in Mickey Thompson tires. The body was then finished in a new red, white and blue livery that runs along the sides and over the top of the car.

“We want this to look so cool that when the customer buys a Challenger Drag Pak he or she wants to run these graphics because they are so iconic and stand out,” says Mark Trostle, Head of Performance, Passenger Car and Utility Vehicle Design for FCA – North America. “Mopar people are proud of the heritage and the look and they want to show that off.”

Next, the 2020 Drag Pak features a Strange rear axle assembly with adjustable coilover shocks with wishbone and anti-roll bar. A set of wheelie bars and a parachute are also standard, both of which are integrated into the chassis, and the front end sports a new crossmember that improves weight distribution while lowering the center of gravity. The suspension upgrades help make better use of the supercharged Hemi power, which should lead to consistent quarter mile ETs in the 7-second range.

Finally, the 2020 Challenger Drag Pak has an SFI-approved roll cage that is approved for quarter mile runs at quick as 7.50, which is right where the quickest cars in the NHRA Factory Showdown class are running.

Of course, in addition to these new features, the 2020 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak comes with a long list of essential items for drag strip success. This include the aforementioned supercharged 354-cubic inch Hemi, a 3-speed track-ready automatic transmission, lightweight front and rear brakes, Racetech race seats and a programmable engine computer system with datalogging.

We don’t know when the 2020 Challenger Drag Pak will go on sale, nor do we know how much it will cost, but we would expect a price north of $100,000 and they will likely go on sale in time to be in racers’ hands before the beginning of the 2020 racing season.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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