The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is an undeniably impressive modern-day muscle car. With a supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 engine making 650 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque, sophisticated magnetic ride control suspension and an available 10-speed automatic transmission, the Camaro ZL1 can keep up with cars worth two or even three times as much. Throw the 1LE package on it, which includes front canards, a large rear wing and other track-focused upgrades, and the ZL1 is immediately transformed into a track day weapon capable of devouring the Nurburgring in just 7 minutes and 14 seconds.
But while the Camaro ZL1 is offered with a handling-focused 1LE track package, there’s no equivalent upgrade kit for those Camaro fans who may want to take the ZL1 to the drag strip. If General Motors ever did offer such a package, it might want to look at Fiat Chrysler for inspiration. The automaker recently pulled the veil from the 2020 Dodge Challenger Super Stock – which is essentially a turn-key drag car with a headlights, indicators and a license plate.
The Challenger Super Stock is based on the Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody. With a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 under the hood, the muscle coupe is good for a massive 807 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission, the supercharged HEMI will help the Challenger Super Stock accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.25 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds at 131 mph.
A big contributor to the Challenger Super Stock’s impressive quarter-mile time is its wheel and tire setup. The vehicle comes with lightweight 18-by-11-inch lightweight drag wheels (the same wheels that come on the Dodge Demon), which are shod in 315-section Nitto NT05R drag radials at all four corners. Also included in the package are four-piston Brembo front brake calipers with 14.2-inch vented rotors and an asymmetrical limited-slip differential with a 3.09 final drive ratio.
A drive mode selector with a drag-focused Track mode is standard, as well. In Track mode, the vehicle will turn the paddle shifters on, set the steering to ‘Drag mode’ for maximum stability, turn the cabin A/C to cool the engine instead (known as the SRT Power Chiller) and change the suspension and transmission calibration. The electronic stability control also self adjusts for straight-line acceleration and the torque converter lockup point is changed.
Fiat Chrysler says the Challenger Super Stock is “not limited in production and will continue as the ultimate Dodge drag-racing model in the 2021 model year.” That means FCA will make as many of these drag racing specials as it can sell – and we get the feeling it won’t have any trouble moving them over the next couple of years.