Dodge’s Tuner and Stage Performance Kits for the Challenger, Explained

Since Stellantis swore his oath to EVs, it looks like Dodge has regained his freedom for one last hurray in their “Never Lift” campaign. The Hemi engine has had quite a long swan song that started with the original line of Hellcats, grew into the Redeye, then in Lumbar puncture fashion turned everything on 11 with the Demon. A dragster too fast for the NHRA. Well, now Dodge continues the madness with their new Power Broker dealerships and all their Mopar high quality Direct Connection parts.

Essentially before environmental regulations come for our keys overnight, Dodge is on a mission to make sure every one of their cars is tuned, modified and pushed to the limit. A curious customer can find these Power Broker dealers on Dodge’s website. Specially trained to help the enthusiast with their customization needs to get the most out of a Challenger, Charger or Durango.

With factory warranty, customizing your Dodge is easier than before.

What direct connection packages are offered for the Hellcat?

To make sure the enthusiast’s Challenger looks its best, Dodge kicks off with four graphics packs. But the gearbox doesn’t care about that; what they care about is what’s under the hood. For the Challenger, this means 14 new performance kits and 13 new race kits. According to Steve Magnante, the engineers behind Direct Connection are “road racers and drag racers themselves”. With this in mind, the range of parts fills every part of the market.

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If you’re lucky enough to own a Hellcat model, Dodge will now make your car up to 12 with three-stage kits. Pre-stage adds a high-capacity intake, 180-degree thermostat and Wi-Fi-enabled touchscreen tuner. You plug this last device into the OBB2 port and this gives you extra information about the performance of your car. Most importantly, this device allows ECU tuning, adjusts RPM limits and provides fuel management. This pre-stage only increases the horsepower by 5 hp from 717 to 722. Changing the pulley on the supercharger increases the boost by 2 PSI for Stage 1. This kit increases the horsepower to 757. The Hellcat Redeye sees the horsepower rise to 840 and torque to 770 ft-lbs in the stage 1 kit with a modest recalibration and high-octane fuel mode. In phase 2 this goes up to 885 horsepower with the increase in boost seen in the first kit for the regular Hellcat.

What direct connection parts are offered for the Challenger?

Much of Dodge’s focus seems to be on aligning older Hellcat models with the latest 2022 SRT Hellcat Redline. This doesn’t mean the Dodge neglects the regular Challenger model. The Drag Pak radically changes the Challenger. With an interior, exterior and powertrain kit just to name a few parts of the Drag Pak Challenger transformation, Direct Connection has everything a Dodge needs to be drag strip ready. Recommended for the Drag Pak is the $56,995 354 Hemi which produces just 630 horsepower. It is far from the most powerful engine in the range. This title belongs to the Hellephant 426, a 1,000 horsepower engine.

With the Drag Pak comes the option of four colors. The first to market Direct Connection is a full-color livery. Red white and blue with the phrase Drag Pak written on the side. This same livery comes in a monochrome scheme. Both are available with the Direct Connection lettering instead of Drag Pak.

A series of parts of the Redeye are also offered for the regular Challenger. These include the air filter, cylinder heads, driveshafts, fender flares and even the cylinder heads. Each of these individual items counts as a performance kit. The regular Challenger, unless in Drag Pak guise, doesn’t see as big an overhaul as the Hellcats. While this isn’t all that will fit into any of the Redeye models of Dodge’s halo car, for the budding gear stick this will certainly make their regular Challenger a bit more interesting.

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Does direct connection void a car’s warranty?

According to Stellantis, “In 1974, Direct Connection was launched as the exclusive source for performance parts and technical information, direct from the manufacturer.” Direct Connection along with Mopar and SRT really changed the game when it came to powerful cars. With parts direct from the dealer, and a direct hookup, these parts came with warranty and information. This peace of mind allowed Dodge to allow their customers to customize their cars. Not much will change with this return of Direct Connection.

Stellaantis writes: “Direct Connect Parts installed/replaced by a Dodge Power Brokers dealer on a Dodge vehicle retain the three year/36,000 mile new base warranty for new vehicles and the five year/60,000 mile powertrain limited warranty from the original installation date .” Most importantly, any part purchased through the Dodge Power Brokers program, if fitted by a Power Brokers dealer, will not void the owner’s warranty. However, the warranty is no longer valid if installed by the owner or another third party.

As a bonus, coming from the manufacturer Dodge, most of these plug-and-play modifications don’t violate state emissions laws. However, some parts, such as the Mopar Performance camshaft, are not road legal.

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