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Old 04-18-2013, 03:24 PM   #43
Drives: 2001 BMW M3/LS3 swap
Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: New York, NY
Posts: 21
For a while guys on the drag racing side have been working out how to drop weight on the Challengers and getting 400-500lbs off is doable (costly if doing it after the fact but certainly quite achievable if starting from scratch). The lowest weight Chargers/Challengers in the drag race circuit are currently around 3200 lbs.

As someone pointed out, the 426 aluminum crate motor is available and can easily be dropped in. So a 3800 lbs 426-powered Challenger making about 550 crank hp N/A is very doable. Some changes to the body (e.g., a wide-body kit) and it can also accommodate more meaty rear tires. Can it compete in the handling department? That would remain to be seen, as the Challenger is a bit more nose heavy than the Camaro.
2001 BMW M3/416 LS3 swap with Cam Motion LLSR camshaft/T56 Magnum transmission/Frankenstein ported LS3 heads/Fast LSXr LS3 intake manifold/Nick Williams 102mm TB/Vorschlag 1.75" headers/Supersprint exhaust/JRZ RS dual adjustable coilovers
Curb weight 3385 lbs
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