Friday, May 16, 2008

Package Deal: Dodge Challenger Coming Soon in Drag-Racing Version

The eagerly anticipated Dodge Challenger will be sold in a drag-racing package version. Chrysler promises full details at a summer introduction. Where and when? Details will be announced later. (Photo courtesy of Chrysler LLC)

DETROIT, Michigan — Chrysler will introduce a drag-racing package for the Dodge Challenger, with an official debut announcement set for this summer — "probably July," Chrysler spokeswoman Patricia Georgevich told Inside Line today.

The drag-racing Challenger will be a latter-day version of the late-'60s Hemi Dart and Barracuda package cars from Chrysler, says Georgevich. The idea was first announced back at the 2007 SEMA Show, when a Challenger drag-racing package was shown with competition-bred versions of the third-generation Hemi engine.

The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) is working with Chrysler now to sanction the components for racing use.

No details about pricing, quantities, availability or specifications are available yet.

What this means to you: We'll keep you posted as Mopar fine-tunes this soon-to-be-classic drag package for the hot 2009 Challenger. — Mike Lysaght, Correspondent

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