Dan John's Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack
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Near-Stock Dodge Charger RT Scat Pack Runs an 11.61 Quarter Mile

The Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack is often overshadowed by the supercharged Hellcat, but the 392 Hemi-powered sedan is no joke and the car shown here is proof, running an 11.61 quarter mile with nothing more than some weight reduction and drag radials.
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The Scat Pack trim for the modern Dodge Challenger and Charger is one of the best bang-for-the-buck performance packages on sale in the United States today. The Scat Pack trim features the 392 cubic inch Hemi packing 485 horsepower and 475 lb-ft of torque, making these the least expensive cars at that power range in the US market while also having go-fast features like Brembo brakes, a sport suspension package and a unique exterior design.

With 485 horsepower and a price in the low $40k range, the Scat Pack Challenger and Charger are known for being great performance cars for the money, but that last part takes away from the fact that these are just, plain great performance cars – and they happen to cost far less than other cars with roughly 500 horsepower.

Today, we bring you an example of the performance capabilities of the Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack, as the B5 Blue sedan shown here turned in an 11.61 quarter mile time with just a change of wheels and tires, as well as removing the unneeded seats.

Dan John’s Scat Pack
The B5 Blue Dodge Charger R/T Scat Pack shown here is owned and driven by Dan John. His car has less than 500 miles on it and the engine is 100% stock to the paper air filter. No tune, no nitrous, no cold air intake, nothing. The transmission is also stock, as is the rear differential and the front wheels.

The only changes made to this Hemi-powered Charger since it left the assembly line is that John removed the rear seat and the passenger seat, while replacing the stock rear wheels and tires with a set of 18x10-inch Bravado wheels wrapped in 305/45/18 Mickey Thompson Street ET R drag radial tires.

In other words, he might have shaved 200 pounds by removing the seats and moving to the 18-inch rear wheels while the MT Street ET R tires allow him to launch a whole lot harder than the stock tires did. With just those changes and nothing else, Dan John ran an 11.614 at 117.36 miles per hour.

The Quickest Scat Pack
After speaking with Dan John about his 11-second Scat Pack, I reached out to Bogdan Gilewski. Bogdan owns a crazy-fast Dodge Charger Super Bee and is an expert in high performance 392 cars, so I checked with him to find out where John’s quarter mile time ranks. According to Bogdan, an 11.61 is the quickest time by any modern Scat Pack Dodge with so little done.

We won’t call this a stock record, as the car is not stock, but it has stock power, some weight reduction and good rear tires. If anyone out there reading this has a Scat Pack Challenger or Charger that has gone quicker than 11.61, hit me up and Facebook and let me know the details. Until then, it appears that Dan John’s B5 Blue Charger is the quickest Scat Pack car with stock power, tires and no seats.

While the record might not mean anything to many people, the fact that this 4,600-pound sedan ran an 11.61 with good tires and minor weight reduction goes to show the performance capabilities of a well-driven Dodge Scat Pack car.


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