- the widebody shape is standard on the 2020 dodge challenger srt super stock, and so is the hellcat redeye's supercharged 6.2-liter v-8.
- in the super stock, though, you get an extra 10 horsepower for 807 hp total.
- orders will start this summer, with deliveries to customers expected in the fall.
if you're tired of challenger and charger variants, well, today is not your day because dodge has just pulled the covers off its new, most powerful muscle car: the 2020 dodge challenger srt super stock. coming standard in widebody form, the fat-tire challenger may look very similar to the dodge demon, but there are some key differences.
the super stock is powered by the same engine found in the challenger hellcat redeye, but in super stock form, the supercharged 6.2-liter v-8 makes an additional 10 horsepower over the redeye's 797-hp mill for an output of 807 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque. this is possible through a revision of the powertrain calibration, which increases the redline from 6300 to 6400 rpm. it also plants the super stock firmly in place between the redeye and the out-of-production dodge demon. which—in deference to the demon—is probably why the super stock makes 1 hp less than the 808-hp demon.
power isn't the only thing that the super stock has gained, though. beneath the widebody fender flares are lightweight 18-inch wheels (for added sidewall) wrapped in the same meaty 315-section-width nitto nt05r drag radials that were used on the demon. the grippy tires, along with a shorter final-drive ratio of 3.09 and enhanced load transfer from drag-optimized suspension tuning for the bilstein adaptive dampers in track mode, should allow the super stock to shave at least a tenth or two off its lesser 797-hp sibling's most recent 3.8-second zero-to-6o-mph effort in our testing.
and let's talk about that suspension tuning. as in the demon, in track mode, the front suspension is set for firm compression and soft rebound, while the rear will remain firm for both compression and rebound, allowing the challenger to transfer as much load as possible to the rear. the trick tuning will stay active for as long as the car maintains wide-open throttle until it's reduced where it will then revert back to normal settings to prioritize handling.
a few other interesting bits are the carryover power chiller from the demon and redeye, and more interestingly, launch control assist from the demon that recognizes wheelslip and dials back torque without completely bogging the engine down, helping acceleration times.
unfortunately, for the lighter, smaller 18-inch wheels to properly fit, the super stock challenger steps down to a four-piston brembo and 14.2-inch rotors up front in place of the six-piston brembo and 15.4-inch rotors on the hellcat redeye. but to take issue with such things is to miss the point entirely. the super stock is made for the drag strip (not a road course), and while it's no demon, it's the first non-limited-production challenger to be laser focused on putting the power down, and that's something we're fully in support of.
the challenger srt super stock will be available to order at dealers sometime this summer and begin production in the fall. no word yet on pricing, but expect the super stock to be slightly more expensive than the $80,190 redeye widebody. if you felt regret from being unable to get your hands on a demon, then this might be your closest second to filling that void; don’t wait.