Dodge Considering Challenger SRT Hellcat Widebody ACR: Report
Taking a page out of the Viper’s playbook, Dodge is apparently mulling over a racier Hellcat.
Few companies can take a 20-plus-year-old platform and turn it into a money-printing machine. Dodge has done just that with the Challenger. From base-spec, rental-ready cars to the dragstrip-dominating Demon, the Challenger is a testament to Dodge’s ability to satiate enthusiasts who want power and menace. Now, according to a new report, we can look forward to a racier Challenger coming soon.
Citing unnamed sources, MoparInsiders says that for the Challenger’s 50th anniversary, Dodge is cooking up a special edition Challenger ACR. For those that missed the last generation Dodge Viper, ACR stands for American Club Racer and denoted the Viper’s most hardcore track-focused iteration that set a handful of production speed records around a host of American racetracks.
MoparInsiders says that the forthcoming Challenger ACR would likely take up a similar mantle, playing to the club racing crowd of Mopar enthusiasts with a stripped-out, ready-to-rock Challenger that borrows some of the Viper ACR’s tech, as well as using information and tuning gleaned off the Wesley Motorsports Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye racecar that competed at Pikes Peak.
What that’s likely to entail is a gutted interior, dual-plane carbon-fiber rear wing, the widebody kit from the Challenger Hellcat Widebody, the 797 horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 from the Hellcat Redeye, and a number of other performance modifications that get the #chonkyboi Challenger to get around a race track like a rabbit trying to outrun a hungry cheetah.
MoparInsiders doesn’t say when we’re likely to see this Challenger Hellcat ACR, but given the nature of the report, the car’s 50th anniversary coming next year, and SEMA being just around the corner, we could see something materialize somewhat soon.
If the report proves true, we’d hazard to guess that the Challenger Hellcat ACR would likely follow the Challenger Demon’s lead by being a low-production, costly, and rare sight indeed. And like the Demon, you’ll likely have to beg Dodge for one as early buyers will be eager to get their hands on the most track-capable Challenger ever built.
That said, we’d also love for Dodge to drop the ACR nameplate for something a little more historical. Something like T/A. We can dream, can’t we?
- RELATEDHellcat-Powered Dodge Durango SRT With Demon Hood Is Peak SUV for Speed FreaksThis family-hauler looks and sounds the part thanks to an aggressive stance, unique aesthetic touches, and over 700 horsepower.READ NOW
- RELATEDTwin-Turbo, AWD Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody to Terrorize 2019 SEMA ShowDressed in carbon fiber with enough power to wake the dead, this is way more than your average Hellcat.READ NOW
- RELATEDTruck Fanatic Builds His Own 707-HP Ram 1500 Rebel 'TRX' With Widebody, Hellcat V-8After waiting years for Ram to build a 707-hp pickup, this man decided he'd rather commission his own axle-snapping creation.READ NOW
- RELATEDWatch a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Break a Dyno Strap Loose and Smoke Its Rear WheelsNo, literally—the rear brakes catch on fire.READ NOW
- RELATEDCalifornia Will Dissect Kevin Hart's Hellcat-Powered Barracuda to Shape Future LawsIf Hart's injuries were caused by the lack of safety devices, owning a classic could get more expensive in California.READ NOW