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Challenger Super Stock Gets Reviewed and Compared To a Toddler Having a Tantrum

We heard someone once describe drifting as a sort of spreading butter on a piece of toast using a hammer. Watching the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock go sideways, and generally speaking just by looking at its spec sheet, that metaphor does tend to make sense.
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Sure, the Challenger SRT Super Stock is the most powerful muscle car you can buy brand new at this moment, and this thing is even more powerful than certain offerings from companies like Ferrari or Lamborghini. That's just nuts, isn't it?

Sure, with a overall weight of around 4,500 lbs (2,040 kg), the Challenger doesn't really have the finesse and almost surgical capabilities of a supercar, but it's bound to be a fun drive anyway. If you've read our most recent car buying guide, you'll probably know that the Super Stock power doesn't come cheap, as the MSRP starts at $81,695.

The 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine is mated to a Torqueflite 8-Speed Automatic Transmission, and Dodge claims that this car can go down the quarter-mile (402 m) in just 10.5 seconds if traction levels are optimum. We assume they mean the track should be treated with VHT glue for added traction.

Although the SuperStock has got one horsepower less than the Demon, and also lacks some of the drag specific goodies such as the trans-brake or the ECU required to use high octane fuel, the guys over at Throttle House couldn't really waste the opportunity of seeing how fast this car really is.

To overcome the less than ideal traction levels of the track they're on, the rear tire pressure is lowered, and track mode is engaged in the pursuit of the best possible result. After a short burnout, the SuperStock launches from a standstill and crosses the finish line 12.07 seconds later, at a speed of 124.23 mph (199 kph).

Testing continues, and we see the car driven sideways for quite a bit, all while we get to enjoy the magnificent supercharger whine. As he drives the car, James Engelsman states that "what Thomas means to say, is that other than being a king of the drag strip, the Challenger tends to not really care about anything else, and that's all of its charm. It's the automotive embodiment of a toddler having a tantrum."

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