Ever since the Viper ACR was discontinued, Dodge hasn’t had a hardcore track machine in its lineup. A rumor from October 2019 suggested the company is planning to build an ACR version of the Challenger to fill the gap. Even through the coronavirus pandemic, which has seen companies cancel future plans, lay off workers, and shut down factories, it seems as if the project is going ahead as planned—if this new report is to be believed, anyway.
Allpar, citing a long-time source familiar with the project, reports work on an upcoming Challenger ACR is well underway, with the goal of approaching the same on-track performance as the now-discontinued Viper ACR.
Among the supposed upgrades for the Challenger ACR include extreme aerodynamics borrowed from the Viper, including the high-position wing and large splitter. Allpar reports this Challenger ACR will also get big Brembo brakes, and a manually adjustable suspension system. According to the publication’s source, Dodge has set a goal weight of under 4000 pounds, and intends to use carbon fiber in the car’s construction to make it happen.
Engine-wise, Allpar’s source claims there will be two engine options: a 797-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 from the Hellcat Redeye, and a 392 cubic-inch Hemi V-8.
Of course, none of this information has been confirmed by the company, so there’s no way if any of it is actually true. But considering Dodge’s habit of continually updating its current models, seeing a Challenger ACR come to life wouldn’t be the most surprising thing. And we think it’s about time Dodge had a real Shelby GT500 and ZL1 1LE competitor.
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