SEMA Seen: AWD twin-turbo Dodge Charger among sea of Supras

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SpeedKore unveield AWD twin-turbocharged Dodge Charger at SEMA 2019
SpeedKore unveield AWD twin-turbocharged Dodge Charger at SEMA 2019

The sea of Supras was anticipated and maybe why this car stood out to me.  Besides the 1,525 horsepower to the crank at a supposedly conservative 26 pounds of boost, this AWD Dodge Charger is a statement made by SpeedKore and unveiled at the MagnaFlow booth at the SEMA Show.

Four-door performance sedan

Performance sedans are becoming more popular,  thanks in part to the ability to justify the purchase by saying it’s a “family car.” It’s functional and sporty all in one.

But SpeedKore took it up a notch.  The unveiling exposed the first carbon-fiber wide-body, all-wheel-drive 2019 Dodge Charger, and with a twin-turbo 6.2-liter Dodge Demon V8.  The factory supercharger was replaced with two Prevision 6466 ball-bearing billet turbos and custom components built by SpeedKore, including the upper plenum.

Featuring a twin-turbocharged Dodge 6.2-liter Demon V-8
Featuring a twin-turbocharged Dodge 6.2-liter Demon V-8

Increased boost levels had SpeedKore addressing the heads by outfitting custom Thitek heads and a Boost Leash C02 progressive boost controller.  Running on E85, the build required a Fore innovations triple-pump fuel system with Injector Dynamics 1700cc injectors.

In order to create the carbon-fiber wide-body kit, SpeedKore 3D scanned a wide-body Dodge Charger and created a carbon-fiber hood, rear spoiler, rear bumper front bumper, fender flare set, rocker set and rear diffuser.

The Charger already is a pretty wide car and the thought of a wide-body version seemed overwhelming to me. To my pleasant surprise, the kit fit the body lines quite well and actually seemed a subtle addition.  Being all carbon-fiber, perhaps the black color helped tone down the body lines, but I was on board for it.

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Interior upgrades for safety
Interior upgrades for safety

Wisconsin-based performance shop SpeedKore built the Charger for a returning customer, Alex Palermo.  He holds the Demon quarter-mile record with the previously built Dodge Demon by SpeedKore.  Palermo commissioned the Charger build as a 65th birthday surprise for an older brother who inspired Palermo’s love of Mopar.

Palermo’s brother loved the Demon but was more of a four-door guy, thus no other vehicle seemed more perfect than the Dodge Charger for this build.

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An experienced automotive motorsports photographer and enthusiast of all things with wheels, Rebecca Nguyen is the Marketing Manager of ClassicCars.com. Former Marketing and Project Coordinator for several aftermarket brands, Rebecca has a unique perspective developed from being on several different sides of the automotive world. From developing innovative automotive products to doing her own DIY modifications on her 2003 Subaru WRX and 2014 Ducati Monster, Rebecca’s passion for the hobby brings fresh ideas to The Journal. In addition, she has spent many years publishing event coverage for events like SEMA, Formula Drift, and Global RallyCross while coordinating the annual Future Collector Car Show in Scottsdale Arizona.

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