Dodge Challenger Scat Pack 1320

It’s no secret that I’m a huge Scat Pack fan, and even when I think about my next project, the thought of buying another model just doesn’t do it for me. Sure, I could have got an automatic, I could have got a Hellcat, but I prefer to build my own machine and put it up against the competition who have a leg up on me. Up until now, I have had no real desire to upgrade to a newer model, but Dodge has dangled some tempting fruit in front of me in recent days. With the addition of the Widebody Scat Pack and the 1320 model coming soon, there surely are a lot of Scat Pack owners in the same boat (pun intended) as I am, lusting for the latest offerings from Mother Dodge.

Earlier this month Dodge treated me to a special vacation in Maine to come check out some of the cars they will be releasing soon. On this trip I was able to drive the Widebody Scat Pack and the Hellcat Redeye through old mountain roads and ended up in New Hampshire where I got to see how both cars handled on the road course. Let me tell you, these cars stuck to the track like glue. The Scat Pack Widebody will now keep up with a regular hellcat on the track, and that’s really saying something! While most people would be completely satisfied with this experience, I spent most of the day dreaming about a car that I saw earlier that morning. You see, while the Dodge Team was giving us the low down on all the new features of the cars we would be driving, there was a car parked off to the side of the warehouse that kept calling my name. Once the chit chat was done, I quickly made my way over to the machine that stole the show for me, the Challenger Scat Pack 1320.

While the Hellcat Redeye and the Scat Pack Widebody were available for us to drive, the 1320 model was not. Since it is still in the development phase, it was only available for me to drool over. This particular car featured the rear seat delete option as well as the passenger seat delete. Rumor has it that these items will be available for purchase for $1 each, just like it’s big brother the Dodge Demon.

This particular car was the first ever produced and featured a new paint color called Black Eye. Upon talking to the Dodge Team about this, they could not confirm nor deny that this finish would be available when the model was finally released.

Earlier this year at Spring Fest there was a voting ballot card put out by the FCA design team with color options that attendees could vote on. (see pic below) I’m assuming that Black Eye was a popular choice, and I’ll also make the assumption that it will indeed be a new option released later this year. It’s a shame that I didn’t get to photograph this car in the sunlight, as the warehouse lighting just didn’t allow me to capture the sheer beauty of the color or the metallic flake.

2019 Dodge Challenger Charger 300 Color Voting Ballot Card

 

The heart of the beast is still the SRT engineered 6.4L (392 ci) V8, just like all previous Scat Packs, and the 8-speed automatic transmission is the only option. And while no additional horsepower was added to this model, there are plenty of new gadgets to make this 485hp perform better than any other naturally aspirated, street legal production car in the world. With key features borrowed from the Demon such as line lock, transbrake, torque reserve, drag mode, adaptive damping suspension and more, the 1320 can scream down the track at a record setting 11.7 seconds @ 115 mph. And the 0-60 time is now 3.9 seconds.

The 1320 also comes equipped with forged aluminum wheels which have knurled bead seats to prevent the tire spinning on the wheel when launching. Speaking of tires, Nexen specifically developed these street/strip tires for this car. The wheels are 20×9.5 and the tires are 275/40/20. I fully expect the 11.7 second time to be chopped down once new owners bolt on some 17″ rears with a stickier tire.

All 1320’s will come standard with the 8.4″ Uconnect system which will allow you to run the Demon borrowed software to take advantage of different driving modes and track features. Regular amenities are still there for the guys who want to run their AC to and from the track and sit in premium powered leather seats.

One item that the Dodge team was particularly proud of (and rightly so) is the new “Angry Bee” fender badges. Imagine the vintage Super Bee character who has become a little less friendly in his old age. His tires wrinkled and exhaust screaming, headed to sting your ass. I love the new logo and I hope to sting a few folks when I roll up to the track in my own 1320 model.

Now, speaking of buying the 1320…
It’s a tough decision for a hard core drag racer to buy this car. Why, you ask? Well, 11 seconds in the quarter mile is a blast for most consumers, but Dodge has a special breed of us out there who just can’t leave anything stock. I fall squarely into this category, as my Scat pack was almost immediately supercharged and my engine was torn out after a couple thousand miles in order to make it handle more boost and a helping of nitrous. And I have continued on that maniacal path every single month with a heavy dose of broken parts that need upgraded regularly. While it was fun, it was also a huge waste of money, because nearly every part of the drivetrain had to be replaced to handle the new found power.

The solution? I propose that Dodge make a true drag racing vehicle that is 1320 badged, and just like they did with the seat options, let’s make other items optional. Don’t want a transmission? Don’t add it to your order. Don’t need the engine? No problem, buy it as a roller. Because let’s face it, all I want is the 1320 badge and the rest of the stuff will be torn out anyway. Hell, I don’t even need a VIN.

What do you say Dodge? Want to make a 1320 Roller Edition? It’s sure to be a hit with collectors and drag racers alike, and will be yet another milestone for the history books where Dodge goes grassroots and connects with their true performance enthusiasts. You’ve got my number 😉

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320

 

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Emblem

 

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Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320

 

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Key Fob

 

Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320

 

So what is the significance of the number 1320? Well, I’ve already had several people on instagram ask me that question, so here’s the deal. 1,320 is the number of feet in a quarter mile. It’s a relatively common term in the drag racing scene, but I can see how it is a mystery to the masses. Since this car has so many drag racing goodies, the name is fitting and I can’t wait to have to answer that question in person.