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DISCOVER THE 2019 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SCAT PACK 1320

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Just when you thought the Hellcat franchise was tapped out, FCA uses the Dodge Mile-High National Hot Rod Association Nationals event in Denver to announce its latest buzz model: the 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. The drag-oriented, street-legal muscle car for the grassroots drag racer will go into production by the end of the year for sale in early 2019.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 is the latest example. Doubling down on the regular Challenger R/T Scat Pack, if the word regular applies to anything with a Hemi V8 under the hood, the limited edition 1320 adds some traction-enhancing tweaks, many of them adapted from the Dodge Demon.

The package includes FCA’s 8-speed Torqueflite automatic (the standard Challenger Scat Pack is equipped with a 6-speed manual); a TransBrake, which locks the transmission output shaft to hold the car stationary for a standing start; Torque Reserve, managing fuel flow and spark advance, to maximize launch; half shafts with heavy duty splines; line lock, allowing the driver to lock the front brakes, while spinning the rear wheels to put heat in the tires; and Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R drag racing radial tires on 20-by-9-inch forged alloy wheels.

Other mechanical elements include a limited slip rear differential; adjustable dampers; Brembo high-performance brakes; and launch assist, with wheel speed sensors to detect and eliminate wheel hop.

DISCOVER THE 2019 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SCAT PACK 1320

Efforts to define Dodge as America’s sports car brand continue with the Challenger 1320, which follows a line of performance muscle cars that started with the 2008 Challenger and was followed by the 2015 Hellcat, 2018 Demon, and 2019 Redeye.

In the 1320, a 6.4-liter Hemi V-8 generates 485 horsepower, 475 lb-ft of torque, and is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Dodge claims it will cover the quarter mile in 11.7 seconds at 115 mph, fastest for a naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car. The $45,980 MSRP includes the $3,995 1320 package as well as the $1,595 automatic transmission (and $1,395 destination) over the regular R/T Scat Pack trim.

“It’s a special model, a buzz model,” says Steve Beahm, head of passenger car brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat for FCA North America. “The 1320 is intended to be a vehicle that someone can drive to work, but if they’re working on a Saturday they can head over to the drag strip and take it down the track.”

DISCOVER THE 2019 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SCAT PACK 1320

The 1320 is essentially a 2019 Challenger with the new Scat Pack. It has the bulging aluminum hood from the outgoing Hellcat and enough drag strip technology from the Demon for the serious drag racer.

That includes an SRT-tuned Adaptive Damping Suspension with exclusive Drag mode, extreme-duty 41-spline halfshafts, line lock, and the TransBrake that was developed for the Demon to address wheel spin on launch. This allows the car to be staged with a foot only on the gas because the TransBrake mechanically locks the transmission’s output shaft as the throttle builds. When it unlocks, the transmission sends full power to the rear. For those who take the 1320 hot-lapping, there are cooldown features.

 DISCOVER THE 2019 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SCAT PACK 1320
 DISCOVER THE 2019 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SCAT PACK 1320
DISCOVER THE 2019 DODGE CHALLENGER R/T SCAT PACK 1320

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