Reports Indicated the ACR Name Could Return
Dodge is getting the most out of the Challenger. The vehicle is a dated machine, but Dodge keeps finding ways of making the car interesting. So far the focus has mostly been on the dragstrip like with the Dodge Demon, but now, it seems the company may turn the chameleon-like Challenger into a bonafide trick machine.
According to a report from Mopar Insiders, Dodge is working on a special version of the car for the 50th anniversary of the Challenger nameplate next year. The type of car it will create is reportedly a road-racing version of the car. That car could resurrect the ACR moniker, too.
The ACR name hasn’t been around since Dodge was forced to kill off the Dodge Viper ACR. ACR stands for American Club Racer, so a road-racing version of the challenger with the ACR title would fit the bill. But what would this car really be like? Well, Mopar Insiders reports that the efforts by the SRT team would be fucsed on making the car as lightweight as possible.
The team could put the 797 hp 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 under the hood of the Hellcat Redeye and make it a widebody. Pair that with a much lighter curb weight and some serious aerodynamic upgrades and you could have your Challenger ACR. Dodge may do some kind of track-equipment offering like it did with the Demon when it offered the Demon box for just one additional dollar. No matter what, you can expect Dodge to keep things interesting for the 50th anniversary of the Challenger nameplate.