Video: Turbonetics-Boosted V6 Challenger Runs Deep in 13s


When Dodge put their 3.5L V6 engine into the model year 2009 Challenger, they never imagined it would be anything other than a good reliable, fuel efficient driver. Never in a million years would they expect someone to run mid 12 seconds down the quarter mile with one! It takes a few mild modifications to get most 5.7L Hemi cars to reach that point. However, where there’s a will, there’s a way.

That’s exactly what Craig Simmons’ set out to achieve with his 2010 V6 Challenger SE. A car that started life as a tame mannered cruiser, but quickly set the bar many would strive to reach. How did he do this? Well, he stuck a turbocharger on it. Using the 1987 Buick Grand National as his inspiration, he set out to make the Mopar version of the Grand National and decided his plain Jane Challenger would be the perfect car to do it with!

Using a fully-intercooled Turbonetics ceramic ball bearing turbo kit set up by RDP Motorsport and other various mild modifications such as a 3500 stall converter, his Challenger would be a bench mark for all the other V6 guys and girls. According to Craig, his Challenger was the first V6 equipped model to break into the 13 second range and also the first to eventually hit the 12 second range!


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Cody Krueger

Cody Krueger

Car Feature Editor – 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 Super Bee, '04 SRT-4, '06 Grand Cherokee SRT8, '08 Challenger SRT8 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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    tony 31 May, 2016 at 01:37 Reply

    Recently bought a 2009 dodge challenger se with a 3.5l. Would like to add a turbo, exhaust, and other upgrades. Any suggestions would be helpful. I’ m coming from the tuner scene I had a 96 eagle talon tsi and I know nothing about American car mods.

    • Kevin Shaw
      Kevin Shaw 31 May, 2016 at 01:54 Reply

      Although the later Challengers don’t enjoy the superior Pentastar V6, they do share quite a bit of architecture. Unfortunately, apart from a Paxton Supercharger, we’re not entirely familiar with proven numbers from the aftermarket.

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