That shifter is a Hurst quarter stick. Manual RVB transmission.
I have a very hard time seeing how that Charger can get down to 2500lbs unless it's a tin can on a tube frame. It's going to have to lose 1,000lbs at least.
As far as light to light, with my D44 I was seeing sub 2's in 0-60 on the street. I never left hard because I didn't know how much the rearend would take.