Before it all goes electric, the current Dodge Challenger receives an epic send-off with the ludicrous 1025hp SRT Demon 170. Dodge really has cranked the volume right up with the heavily revised 6.2-litre supercharged V8 powertrain enabling the Challenger SRT Demon 170 to rub shoulders with exotic hypercars like a Bugatti Chiron and a certain Tesla Model S Plaid.
This 1025hp street legal racer can demolish quarter mile times with utter glee since 0-60 mph takes a scarcely believable 1.66 seconds while blasting through a certified 8.91-second quarter mile at 151.17 mph. Of course, the manic supercharged V8 needs E85 fuel to reach its full potential while E10 fuel also enables the engine to put out 900 horsepower. Featuring the highest g-force acceleration of any production car at 2.004 gs, it’s also claimed the title as the fastest production car ever produced.
Compared to the Charger Hellcat Redeye widebody, there is an upgraded supercharger with a larger snout with a 105mm throttle body, and a 3.02-inch pulley increasing boost pressure by 40 per cent. Driveline gets beefed up as well with a 53 per cent stronger differential housing using aerospace-grade metals and a 30 per cent stronger rear prop shaft.
With so much horsepower being offered, tyres are crucial and here the car gets 315/50R17 Mickey Thompson ET Street R drag radials and 245/55R18 ET Street front tyres. The ‘drag mode’ suspension gets tuned valves in adaptive damping and race settings for drag calibrations. Knowing its intended use, Dodge has also recalibrated the launch control with a reworked transmission and brakes to handle this much power.
Styling-wise, there are not a lot of visual upgrades although it does get a “170”-neck tattoo and a new E85-representative yellow Demon’s eye on the front fenders. Under the hood, there is also a “Last Call” plaque.
Inside, it is stripped out to the max since there isn’t even a passenger seat on offer or even carpets or any kind of sound insulation while a lightweight houndstooth cloth interior is decked up with carbon fibre and Alcantara. That said, buyers can add fripperies like leather upholstery, heated and ventilated seats, an 18-speaker audio system and a trunk-mounted sub. Each owner will also receive a commemorative Demon decanter set, serialized to the specific owner and vehicle.
Dodge won’t be making a lot of them and production will be limited to at most 3,300 units, with 3,000 for the U.S. and 300 for Canada. Priced at $100,361 after taxes and charges, the Challenger SRT Demon 170 undercuts even the Tesla Model S Plaid and is very much the performance bargain of the century – if you can get your hands on one!
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