Could Dodge’s seventh car be a challenger six-pack?


Dodge wants to send the Challenger and its V8s out in style with a still-secret “Last Call” model that sounds like it could be the most powerful Chrysler factory V8 muscle car ever.

CEO Tim Kuniskis has already admitted that the model’s planned SEMA debut was scrapped because seven of the tuned supercharged Hellcat engines exploded during development as engineers tried to apply rigorous durability procedures to an engine producing a whopping 909 horsepower (922 PS). ) could deliver on E85 fuel.

We know the seventh Final Call machine will commemorate a muscle car of the past, but which one? Dodge has released so many of its classic muscle badges over the past 15-20 years, using the R/T name for regular performance cars and calling others Scat Pack after the catchphrase used for Dodge’s muscle portfolio in the late 1960s. and Shaker in honor of a funky air purifier that once poked through Challenger hoods.

We’ve also had a Dodge Challenger Demon, a Super Stock, 500 and T/A in recent years, all reference cars from Muscle’s first golden age, and among the six Last Call cars already announced are more old-school references like Swinger , Super Bee, Black Ghost and King Daytona.

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We’d say the presence of that last name on a 300 unit of dedicated 807 hp (818 PS) loaders probably precludes Dodge from applying the Daytona name to the Challenger, despite the 1969 Charger Daytona being Dodge’s most outrageous old muscle classic and its crazy wings and nose cone give Dodge’s contemporary designers a chance to do something wild with the styling and aero on a new one.

Dodge muscle nerds could probably use a dozen vintage part names or spec codes that the company could turn to instead, including “A12,” meaning an upgraded version of the 440-cu-in V8, a lift-off, scooped fiberglass hood and Dana 60 rear axle with steep 4:10 gears on the 1969 1/2 Coronet Super Bee. I think that A12 name is probably too rare and not evocative enough for a non-hardcore audience, but I also think an item in that A12 pack might be the answer we’re looking for.

I’m talking about the “Six-Pack” carburetor kit that consisted of three two-barrel Holley carbs and was also available on other Chrysler muscle cars, including the opposite number of the Plymouth Super Bee, the Road Runner, the Plymouth Cuda and of course, the Dodge Challenger on both the 5.6-liter, 340-powered 1970 T/A and the 1970-71 7.2-liter 440.

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This is purely a personal conjecture, but think about it: The Six-Pack name is so familiar to Chrysler muscle fans that it seems almost bizarre that it has never been used since it was retired in late 1971. And there’s another reason Dodge would choose to use it. The Six-Pack name has unfinished business.

Technically, the original 440 Six-Pack was always a step up from the 7.0-litre 426 Hemi, despite having more carburettors and an additional 200cc displacement. The six-pack 440 pushed out the same 490 lb-ft (664 Nm) as the Hemi (and at 3,200 rpm instead of 4,000 rpm), but when it came to power, it couldn’t quite come in four, because it got rated at 390 hp (395 PS) to the Hemi’s 425 hp (431 PS), although we should always take those old power figures with a sea salt.

But Chrysler, and in particular its engineer Tom Hoover, known as the father of the 426 Street Hemi, apparently worked on adding six-pack carburetion to the Hemi to give it even more power and help it extend its lead in to keep NASCAR. We understand that the triple-carb Hemi was originally slated to enter production in late 1971 for the year 1972, but with NASCAR adopting a 5.0 liter limit, and emissions and insurance pressures strangling the muscle car market, Chrysler made the decision in May 1970 to phase out the Hemi altogether, and after 1971 there were no more cars available with the 426.

So naming the latest Dodge performance V8 “Six-Pack” in honor of what would have been the most powerful original Hemi ever has a nice finality. And maybe the Dodge design team could come up with an insane six-pipe exhaust system to make a visual connection to the name.

Or maybe I’m barking at the wrong tree altogether and it’s going to be called something else, like Viper. But you have to admit it makes a lot of sense. Which classic muscle car from Dodge’s old catalog would you take inspiration from for the seventh Final Call car? Leave a comment and let us know.

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