Demon In Disguise: Dodge Releases 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320


Once again, the mad scientists at Dodge have pulled another Challenger model out of their bag of tricks with the brand new 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 edition. When Dodge released the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, it was designed as a street-legal drag car, loaded with a ton of brand new technology and industry firsts for a production car such as the TransBrake and Torque Reserve. However, only 3,300 were made. When Demon production ended recently, it left us wondering what Dodge had up their sleeves next and what would happen to all of the technology they designed for the Demon. Surely it wouldn’t be put away in a vault.

Recently, Dodge announced the new 2019 Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. The Redeye is being advertised as being “Possessed by the Demon” and features quite a number of Demon technology such as the bigger supercharger, SRT Power Chiller, After-Run Chiller and Torque Reserve. Other Demon technology such as the Launch Assist and Line Lock also trickled down to the standard Hellcat models. While the Redeye has a lot of the drag racing technology from the Demon in it, it’s not being advertised as a purpose built drag car; it’s a street car, plain and simple.

Being as Dodge and Mopar is a huge part of NHRA racing today, we had a feeling they had something in the works that would be more racing oriented. After all, before they built the race ready Demon, they always had the various “Drag Pak” edition Challengers. Granted though, the Drag Paks were strictly race cars, not street legal and ridiculously expensive. This leads us to the 2019 Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320. First of all, you simply can’t have a more race oriented name as it’s named for the quarter-mile distance (1,320 feet).

Under the hood sits the Scat Pack’s standard 6.4L 392 Hemi producing 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft of torque mated to the mandatory equipped Torqueflite 8 speed automatic transmission. What makes the 1320 more race oriented than the other Scat Packs is the technology. The 1320 has been infused with exclusive drag strip technology from the Challenger SRT Demon such as SRT-tuned Adaptive Damping Suspension with Drag Mode, Line Lock, Launch-Assist, TransBrake, Torque Reserve and extreme-duty 41-spline half shafts. This car is truly a blank canvas for the serious grassroots drag racer or weekend warrior.

“All it takes is an evening spent at a local drag strip to learn that the grassroots drag-racing community is large and extremely loyal to their cars,” says Steve Beahm, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “We created the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 for the heart of the sport, the bracket racer who wants to drive to the track, suit up, go fast and go home with a big smile and maybe a trophy in the trunk with minimal prep and upkeep.”

The standard interior features a stripped down interior that includes only a driver’s seat to help reduce weight by 114 pounds. Just like the Demon was, the front passenger seat and rear seat are available as individual $1 options. Also taking a page out of the Demon’s books, the 1320 comes with specially developed Nexen SUR4G Drag Spec 275/40R20 street-legal drag radial tires (although the Demon came with Nittos) to deliver maximum grip for the drag strip. With the Demon technology and stripped down interior, the 1320 is able to run the quarter mile at 11.7 seconds at 115mph making it the fastest naturally aspirated, street-legal muscle car available right off the showroom floor.

Also new and strictly for the 1320 is a new modern interpretation of the legendary Dodge Super Bee logo; the “Angry Bee,” marks the front fenders, illuminated Air Catcher headlamps, key-fob, passenger side dash vent, instrument panel and startup splash screen in the gauge cluster showing that this isn’t any regular Scat Pack. The 1320 comes with the 8.4-inch Uconnect touchscreen that enables the driver to engage Launch Control and Line Lock within the Performance Control app. It also lets the driver select modes, including Drag Mode and Adaptive Damping Suspension, while working with the steering-wheel-mounted shift paddles to activate the TransBrake.

While the 1320 is technically a stripped down drag car to a certain point, it’s also equipped with a long list of comfort and convenience equipment, including dual-zone automatic temperature control, electric power steering, power driver’s seat, keyless Enter ‘n Go, ParkSense rear park assist and ParkView rear backup camera.

In some of the photos, you’ll see the 1320 wearing a custom shade of purple called “Black Eye”. This color is being used on the launch vehicle to gauge interest as potential future production exterior color. The Dodge and SRT team painted the first 1320 in this color following a survey of enthusiasts at the annual “Spring Festival” event in southern California earlier this year. The color happened to get the most votes out of 15 other new concept exterior paint colors such as Root Beer, Blood Shot, Shake N Bake, Michigan Salt, Sinamon Stick, Mustard Yellow and Garbage Can.

The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Package adds $3,995 to the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $38,995 for the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. The mandatory automatic transmission adds $1,595 and the destination charge adds $1,395. The 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 will be available for dealer orders in late 2018; vehicles are scheduled to start arriving in dealership in the first quarter of 2019.

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Cody Cole

Associate/ Car Feature Editor – cody.cole@shawgroupmedia.com Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '70 Coronet, '71 Charger R/T, '71 Road Runner, '04 SRT-4, '06 Grand Cherokee SRT8, '08 Challenger SRT8, '16 Wrangler Unlimited Back Country and a '17 Ram 1500 Rebel. Cody can truly and proudly say him and his wife are true Mopar nuts in love with all types of Mopars!

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