Before there was the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, or Challenger SRT Demon, and even the Dodge Challenger Drag Pak, Dodge and Mopar introduced the 2006 Dodge Challenger Super Stock Concept. The Dodge Challenger Super Stock Concept came hot on the heels of the 2006 Dodge Challenger R/T Concept and introduced Mopar’s introduction of the 392 cubic-inch HEMI crate motor.
As one of the most iconic muscle cars of the 1970s, the Dodge Challenger made its debut in the fall of 1969 as a 1970 model. Although the Challenger was only produced from 1970 to 1974 with 188,600 units sold, the car earned a reputation as one of the most desirable “pony cars”. In its first year in production, the Challenger went racing, with its HEMI-powered models destroying drag stripes across the country, in the SCCA Trans-Am Series, and NHRA Pro Stock classes. With the reintroduction of a modern 392 cubic-inch HEMI, there was no better choice than the concept Challenger.
Using a similar body to the concept model, the carbon fiber Challenger Super Stock featured a 392 cubic-inch HEMI V8 Mopar crate motor. The Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection 392 HEMI was good for 525 horsepower and 510 lb.-ft. of torque. That power was matched up with a 3-Speed Automatic built specifically for drag racing. The Super Stock Concept also featured a solid Dana 60 rear axle, instead of the independent rear suspension featured on the 2006 Dodge Challenger R/T Concept. Huge 10-inch Goodyear Eagle drag slicks helped get the power to the ground. The car also featured a Line Lock feature, something that wouldn’t be introduced on the Challenger production models until the debut of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a dozen years later.
So what was the Dodge Challenger Super Stock Concept capable of? Edmunds InsideLine raced the car down the quarter-mile at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in April of 2007, with a pass of 11.53-seconds @ 114 MPH. Just for comparison, our long-term 2019 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, ran a pass at Mission Raceway Park with a pass of 11.92-seconds @ 113.96 MPH. Right on the heels of the drag racing purpose-built concept.
When the car made its debut at the 2006 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show, the car featured a patriotic paint scheme. Soon after the show, the car featured an all matte black paint scheme. Unlike the production model, the car featured a unique crosshair grille and a unique length-wise taillight design that featured neon instead of LEDs.
The popularity of the Dodge Challenger Super Stock Concept led to Dodge and Mopar to announce that the brands were building the 2009 Dodge Challenger Drag Pak package cars at the following year’s SEMA show. A tradition that Dodge and Mopar build a certain amount of factory-built race cars ever few years.