Dodge Challenger Demon 170 generates 1,025 HP, 1/4 Mile in 8.91 seconds
One thousand and twenty-five hp on the E85 from the factory. From 0 to 60 in 1.66 seconds and over 2 g at launch. The quarter-mile time is 8.91 seconds at 151.17 mph. Thin tires at the front and car wheels at the back. Huge 3.0 liter capacity turbochargers, the largest ever fitted to a production vehicle. Base price $96,666. These are just some of the numbers that make up the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 – The ultimate challenger after 15 years on the market. There really is no better way to say goodbye to avoid, dodge the infamous coupe.
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The demon defies the 170s a quarter mile time too fast, the car was banned by the NHRA because it didn’t have parachute or roll cage, essentials for any car to run a quarter mile in less than 9 seconds. Don’t worry, though. Dodge will sell you a slide for the Demon 170 through Direct Connection’s in-house performance parts catalog.
To be fair, that quarter-mile time would be hard to achieve. As with demon 2018you’ll need a prepared drag strip surface and plenty of skill to get the most out of the Demon 170. But if you succeed, you’ll be able to get both front wheels up in the air.
How was the Demon of Challenge 170 Born
The Demon 170 originated in a parking lot outside SRT’s headquarters in Detroit, Michigan. Staff organized a social distancing gathered there during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic to figure out what to do for the Challenger. The devil 2018 was built with the intention of being the ultimate, ultimate Challenger, building on a foundation that has been in continuous production since 2008. But the Challenger continues to sell and Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis said that the combination of the pandemic and FCA merges with PSA to form Stellantis gave challenger live a few more years. The automaker even set aside a special project budget to launch the full-size coupe.
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This car park brainstorming vehicle follows Stellantis’ long line of what Kuniskis called the “crazy” challengers at the media preview announcing Demon 170. SRT has a bit of the “let’s do our own thing” mantra, as Kuniskis puts it. That’s why Dodge sold more 80,000 hell cats.
You might remember the slightly odd “Last Call” teasers Dodge published on YouTube in February there is a goblin. We finally know what elves are. The Challenger Demon 170 is named after the E85 fuel that produces 1,025 hp – ethanol, 170-proof. At the media preview, Kuniskis described the Demon of Challenge 170 as being very similar to a leprechaun for three important reasons: “It’s fast, it drinks continuously, and if you catch it, you get its pot of gold.” Kuniskis also said the concept of elves came to him in a dream. That rock.
Challenger Demon 170 . engine and drivetrain
As stated by Dodge, it takes a lot of time to get a heavy vehicle like the Challenger Demon 170 to accelerate from 0-60 in just 1.66 seconds. (That number is reached with a deploy one leg, but Dodge says that when not deployed, the 0-60 time is less than 2 seconds.) To do all that, Dodge has created a turbocharged 6.2-liter V8 that can produce the power outputs 1,025 hp at 6,500 rpm and 945 lb-ft of torque at 4,200 rpm when running on the E85 – or 900 hp and 810 lb-ft of torque on the E10 pump gas – and part boost the rest of the powertrain to deal with it. Dodge says the only engine component shared with the lower turbocharged models is the camshaft.
At the top, a huge 3.0-liter supercharger (larger than the Demon’s 2.8-liter blower) pushes the boost by 40% over the turbocharger in the Hellcat Redeye 797 hp – 21.3 psi max. The engine has new pistons, connecting rods and cylinder head studs. Dodge says the Demon 170’s maximum cylinder pressure is 2,500 psi – 50% higher than the Redeye’s.
While the Demon 170 likes to run on E85, the car can run on any mix ethanol. Dodge says the Demon 170 continuously monitors its fuel, analyzes its ethanol content, and adjusts fuel delivery and ignition timing to get the most out of whatever ethanol is present. At any concentration above 65% ethanol, the ECU will give you the full 1,025 hp.
It should come as no surprise to learn that fuel economy will be devastating. We don’t have exact numbers yet, but Kuniskis calls it “terrible,” explaining that the injectors in the Demon 170 can flow 164 gallons per hour at wide throttle. But you’ll never be able to do that, because at WOT The Demon 170 empties an entire 18.5-gallon gas tank in just five minutes.
The rest of the powertrain is equally enhanced. Kuniskis says the new driveshaft is 30% more powerful than the 2018 Demon’s and the differential is 50% stronger. However, not everything is new. Dodge says the car’s front suspension is switched from the regular Demon. The Demon 170 is about 25 pounds heavier than its 2018 sibling, though the 170 is 157 pounds lighter than the Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody – but only if you use the toughest setup, no passenger seat, no lining trunk and downgrade the sound system.
Demon 170 also has a modified version of piercing brake – called TransBrake 2.0 – from Demon 2018 for powerful drag strip launches. If you know what you’re doing, you can individually vary the torque output in each gear to maximize grip as you roar over a quarter mile. If you do it right, you should be able to press the gas pedal to the floor and take off without losing traction or throttle adjustment.
There is only one key for Demon 170: Red Key. There is no redial black key on this guy. You are getting all the power all the time.
Wheels and Tires
Although the Demon 170 weighs a few dozen pounds more than the regular Demon, Kuniskis says the weight gain would have been even higher without a few pounds saved in the wheels and tires. Optional carbon fiber wheels made by Lacks Enterprises shed a few pounds of springless weight.
Whichever wheel you choose, they will be wrapped in DOT approved Mickey Thomson ET Street R traction radial — offered here for the first time on a factory-made vehicle, with a custom rubber compound tailored to the Demon 170.
These tires mean business. They’re good for setting lap times, but not much else. Up front you’ll find slimy 245/55R-18s on 18 x 8-inch wheels, and at the back you’ve got massive 315/50R-17s on 17 x 11-inch wheels. Unlike the last Demon, with this new tire setup you don’t need to change the front wheels for the skinny wheels to have a better drag time.
Dodge says the rear wheel is less than an inch in diameter to increase the sidewall height to help create a “wrinkle effect,” where the rear tire deforms when launched and puts more rubber in contact with the track.
Demon 170 outside
Some weight savings also come from the Demon 170’s altered bodywork. The first thing you notice about this car is that Wide body fender flares only at the rear.
The rear flares, combined with the extremely staggered wheel and tire setup, give the car a real dragster look. The giant Air-Grabber hood comes from Demon 2018.
Along the hood is an engraving that reads “Alcohol injected”. Dodge says the Demon 170 comes in 14 different color options. The Demon badging on the front fenders has been reworked, now featuring a “170” neck tattoo (this is the term Dodge used to describe it) and yellow eyes that pay homage to its thirst for ethanol. stem from the car’s corn.
Shake hands with a defiant demon 170
The price of the Challenger SRT Demon 170 starts at $96,666, a crazy bargain for a car with Bugatti horsepower. Dodge hasn’t announced option pricing on the Challenger 170 yet, but I can promise you that even if you pick every option, this will be the cheapest 1,000-horsepower car you can buy.
Currently, Dodge plans to produce 3,000 Demon 170s for the US and another 300 for Canada. That would make the Demon 170’s production consistent with the original Demon—but Kuniskis says it’s more of a hope than a goal. Production is slated to begin in July and wrap up on December 31, 2023, so no matter how many have been built by that time, that’s all. .
Buyers of the Lucky Demon 170 will not receive the Demon Crate like the Dodge offered in 2018. Not necessary, as all critical performance components are already installed. Instead, they’ll get some wine-themed jewelry like a Demon 170 decanter with matching mugs and glasses engraved with the owner’s name and car’s VIN.
Finally, like the original Demon, anyone who buys Demon 170 will have to sign and notarize a letter say they understand how wild this car is – if you crash and die in a little rain, it’s not Dodge’s fault.
The The next muscle car from Dodge To be soon to be an electric car. It looks very promising, but it will be an uphill task to keep up with what this Challenger has done for the Dodge franchise over the past decade and a half. That was the end of this generation of Challenger, and as always, Dodge refused to let it go quietly into the night.
Order books for the opening 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 on March 27 at DodgeGarage.comand closes May 15. Dodge says it will give top priority to dealers who are committed to selling the Demon 170 at MSRP.