THE DODGE CHALLENGER SRT DEMON 170 RUNS AN 8.9 SECOND PASS OFF THE SHOWROOM FLOOR.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is one of those mad cars that was set to make waves since its release thanks to ridiculous amounts of factory power and the number of options available made it even better. Now in 2023 in the guise of the SRT Demon 170, the waves turn to tsunamis as the car cements itself as the first-ever 8-second factory muscle car. This special-edition vehicle is the seventh and final "Last Call" from Dodge, and it boasts some impressive features that are critical to harnessing its power. One of the most striking things about the Challenger SRT Demon 170 is that it can reach 60 mph (96.5 km/h) in just 1.66 seconds, thanks to having an unbelievable 1 025 hp (754 kW) and 1 281 Nm of torque on an E85 ethanol blend. Even without the special fuels, the car is still a veritable Demon because the power only drops to 900 hp (662 kW) and 1098 Nm of torque on easier-to-access E10 fuel. As you’d expect with that kind of power, the resulting performance stats and figures are just insane. The Demon 170 delivers the highest G-force acceleration of any production car at 2.004 gs, which is a testament to its impressive component upgrades. The Demon 170 is the first-ever factory production car built with staggered drag radial tires and fender flares, allowing for a wider tyre footprint, which is essential for a beast like this. Owners can even option a set of Lacks Enterprises two-piece carbon-fibre wheels to save even more weight.
The Demon 170 features a modified 3.0-litre supercharger with a larger snout and a 105mm throttle body with a 3.02-inch pulley, while the all-new driveline includes Hot Isostatic Pressing-processed housings, larger 240mm ring and pinion, pressure cast new case and new mountings, as well as a rear axle housing that is 53% stronger with new geometry. The propshaft is 30% stronger than the original Demon, as too are the side shafts. To help with traction, the car needs all the help it can get in this area and so it comes with 315/50R17 Mickey Thompson ET Street R drag radials. To get the car off the line, there’s a patent-pending TransBrake 2.0 with torque-shaping capability derived from technology used in competitive drag racing. There’s also a unique Drag Mode suspension setup that provides maximum forward drive and custom race settings for drag calibrations. Additionally, the revised rear suspension increases the contact patch, allowing for better traction. Also aiding the mad performance are the Air-Grabber bonnet and Air Catcher headlights for maximized air intake flow, and an SRT Power Chiller, a high-flow fuel rail and injectors capable of providing 620 litres of fuel per hour, more than the average shower head. There's way, way more to the car with pages of technical information, but most of it is covered in the attached video. The Challenger SRT Demon 170 will be available in 14 exterior colour options and carries a unique reworking of the original Demon badge featuring a 170-neck tattoo and a new E85-representative yellow Demon’s eye. The interior adds a yellow and red serialized Demon instrument panel badge with four interior choices, including standard lightweight cloth with driver seat only, optional full cloth interior, premium Black Nappa leather and Alcantara, or Demonic Red Laguna leather. So far the suggested retail price is at $96,666 (roughly R1 800 000) and is limited to at most 3 300 units, with 3,000 for the U.S. market and the balance for whoever can afford one in other markets. “To celebrate the end of the HEMI muscle-car era, we pulled off all the governors to reach a new level, a new benchmark of ‘factory-crazy’ production car performance,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge brand chief executive officer – Stellantis. “In 2015, Dodge shocked the world with the 707-horsepower Hellcat. Then, in 2018, we did it with the 840-horsepower Demon, and now we are doing it again with the 1,025-horsepower Demon 170, the world’s first sustainable-energy, eight-second, factory-production, street-legal muscle car.”
Take a look at the YouTube video from the reveal of the absolutely bonkers Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, and it's pretty much a full hour long, but that doesn't mean it's boring at all. The video gives an awesome insight into Dodge and its racing history while building up to the reveal of the car itself and an immediate display of what it can do on a drag strip after being dropped off via helicopter: Dodge | Last Call Las Vegas | Live Reveal | Dodge
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