By Patrick Rall
Ever wondered what it would be like to tear down the Texas Mile – perhaps in a super rare 2011 Dodge Challenger 392 Kowalski Edition? You’re in luck as one of the ten lucky individuals who owns a Kowalski 392 Challenger took his modified Mopar muscle car to the famed Texas high speed strip to see what he could do. The result… a standing mile top speed of 172.1 miles per hour.
The camera is located inside of the special edition dealer-ordered Kowalski Edition Challenger 392 so we get a great chance to hear the driver work through the gears while the Hemi thrusts this brawny muscle car down the mile-long speed strip. While the Kowalski Edition was just an appearance package, this particular 392 cubic inch Hemi packs a supercharger with water and methanol injection to help this Challenger SRT8 make well beyond the standard 470 horsepower and 470lb-ft of torque.
This video of the 2011 Dodge Challenger 392 Kowalski Edition rocketing down the Texas Mile is long as it begins while the car is still in the staging area and runs through the end of his drive. But to catch the real action, skip forward to 6:12. Take note of the speed at which things are blowing by the car once the driver gets up into the gears. Even though we cannot see the speedometer, it becomes clear at some point that this modified Challenger SRT8 is going very, very fast. It is really one of the best videos I’ve seen of a modern Mopar muscle car running the Texas Mile. Towards the end of the video, the driver holds up the time slip to show us his top speed f 172.1 miles per hour. The picture atop this piece shows that time slip from the video.