Scat Pack is back for Charger R/T and ChallengerMon, 07 Apr 2014 00:00:00 -0700
To the delight of Mopar fans, Dodge brought back the Scat Pack last November at the SEMA show. At the time, the company teased upgrade packages for the Charger, Challenger, and Dart. Dodge has just now announced details on the upgrades that'll be available for the 5.7-liter Hemi V8 engine found in the Charger R/T and the Challenger.
Owners looking to upgrade their cars will have three three stages to build upon:
The Stage 1 package consists of a Mopar-branded cold-air intake plus fine-tuning of the ECU and the exhaust system. This will net owners an extra 18 hp and 18 lb-ft of torque for $2,195; the unique aspect of Stage 1 is that it can be implemented outside of a Chrysler service center.
Stage 2 gets a little more serious, adding a performance camshaft kit and an ECU adjustment that can result in a gain of up to 30 hp. This package costs $1,895 and does require expert installation if owners want to preserve the warranty.
The Stage 3 upgrades will net owners high-flow headers and cat-back exhaust, in addition to CNC-ported cylinder heads. This results in an additional 58 hp and 47 lb-ft of torque for a cost of $4,995 plus installation at a Chrysler-authorized service center.
Speaking of installation, each stage has to be installed in succession, so one cannot start at Stage 2 or Stage 3 without having installed the prior stages.
Stage 3 package applied to the 2014 Dodge Challenger R/T.
On the Challenger, the Stage 3 upgrades (all three of them) certainly will bring the car within spitting distance of the SRT8 in terms of horsepower, though there is also some price overlap between an SRT8 and a Charger or Challenger with all three stages installed
"The new Scat Pack kits reinforce our commitment to the performance arena,” said Pietro Gorlier, president and CEO of Mopar. "By maintaining the vehicle warranty, we are demonstrating to customers our confidence in the kits, which were built to exactly complement the Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger by working hand-in-hand with the engineers who use factory specs to create these vehicles -- exclusive knowledge available only to Mopar."
By Jay Ramey