The very first Dodge Challenger came out in the early 70’s as Dodge’s answer to the Camaro and the Mustang. Once again now that we have seen the comeback of Camaros and Mustangs so too has the Challenger come back to rule the streets once again. This time the third generation of the Dodge Challenger is knocking some heads and taking names. It wasn’t built for gas mileage; it was built to be the biggest, baddest and the toughest Pony car on the road. They definitely did not pull any punches when developing the new Dodge Challenger, 0-100 mph in less than 13 seconds. But as in all stock vehicles there are the aftermarket upgrades that could push the Challenger over the top of all the rest.
If it were my Dodge Challenger I would start with the exhaust system. It may already sound like a monster, but I want it to sound like Godzilla roaming the streets of New York. The MBRP exhaust system for the Dodge Challenger is one of the top if not best exhaust system money could buy. With the polished to a mirror finish right out of the box you will know that you have chosen wisely. It is 3.0″ in diameter for the V8 engines and 2.5″ for the V6 Engines and is available in either T-409 stainless steel or T-304 so it won’t rust. And you can expect to gain 14 horsepower at the rear wheels and 9 ft/lbs of torque on the V6 engine for the performance single exhaust. The Dual exhaust upgrade for the V6 puts out 20 horsepower and 12 tq. . Those are some impressive numbers for the V6. Now on to the V8’s, the 5.7L Hemi exhaust from MBRP adds an amazing 24 horsepower and 24 torque. These are some amazing gains, which in most cases about double the gains of the competition. And the SRT-8 performance exhaust for the 6.1L Dodge challenger adds 29 horsepower and 25 torque. These numbers are unheard of for just a cat back exhaust system upgrade. Also because of the engineering of the pipes and their diameter, Fuel economy gains can be up to 3 miles per gallon for a conservative driver. And believe me, it’s harder to be conservative when you have another 25 horsepower available under your foot. Best yet it comes with a lifetime manufacturer warranty and it isn’t going to void the factory warranty from Dodge.
Second I would want to enhance the Dodge Challenger’s performance by increasing the air that gets to the engine. There are many different air intakes on the market. The goal is more air into the engine to help get more of the fuel burned. More air equals more power. Most cold air intakes are going to install in about a half an hour and typical gains are right around 20 horsepower. They can even help out a mile or two per gallon on fuel economy for the conservative driver. Which is great for the weekend warrior types that commute with their muscle car during the week and play on the weekend, because they are going to save money on their every day drives and have maximum power for when they need it.
Finally the last basic mod that I would look in to getting is a performance chip or tuner. They are very easy to install with a total of ten minutes or less and then you are out playing. The Diablosport predator is an excellent option for a tuner. The Diablo Sport Predator will give about 20 more horses at the rear wheels and 20 ft/lbs of torque, also gaining 1-3 mpg, once again as long as you aren’t trying to win Indy. There you have it, three simple ways to improve the performance of the Dodge Challenger. Probably the best thing of all though is that when the different modifications are used together, they work together, and you end up getting bigger gains out of each item. So instead of being 20 plus 20 plus 25 equals 65, it ends up being more like 75 or 80. Now it’s time to have some fun.