2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 Revealed With 1,025 Horsepower19
GM’s crosstown rival, Stellantis, has unveiled the new 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, a barely street-legal drag racing monster capable of producing more than 1,000 horsepower, covering the quarter mile in less than 9 seconds, and sprinting to 60 mph in 1.66 seconds.
GM currently does not have a direct rival for the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. The closest thing would be the Chevy Camaro, the future of which is somewhat uncertain at the moment.
Much like many of the Challenger variants that Dodge has offered in the past, the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 is filled to the brim with outrageous numbers and performance claims. Under the hood, we once again find a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 engine, which was heavily upgraded to produce 1,025 horsepower and 945 pound-feet of torque with a tank full of E85. Powerplant highlights include a modified 3.0L supercharger, 105mm throttle body, and 3.02-inch pulley, plus a new fuel rail and high-flow injectors capable of delivering 164 gallons of fuel per hour. Output drops to 900 horsepower and 810 pound-feet of torque on E10.
The driveline was upgraded with a larger 240mm ring and pinion, pressure-cast case and new mountings, and a rear axle housing that’s now 53-percent stronger. Output hits the ground via 315/50R17 Mickey Thompson ET Street R drag radials, while the TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission handles the cog swaps.
Notably, a run below the 9-second mark at an NHRA-sanctioned quarter mile event requires the installation of a roll cage and a parachute. While the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 does not include a roll cage, it does offer a parachute as an optional extra.
Production of the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 will be limited to at most 3,300 units, with 3,000 units set for the U.S. market and 300 units for Canada. Pricing starts at $96,666, excluding destination and fees. Orders will open March 27th.
The 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 will be the final variant of the current iteration of the Challenger muscle car, bidding farewell to high-powered internal combustion as Stellantis (and the broader automotive industry) makes the transition to all-electric powertrains.
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This thing is awesome and an end of an era.
Dissagree it’s an end of an era. This is more like the 70’s than anything else. Stella is discontinuing the challenger due to being strapped for cash, not due to lack of interest. They have yet to produce a true American EV, and the only ones they sell are repurposed fiats. Also funny how when you make a true track car it gets 1.6 second 0-60, and Tesla had to fudge the numbers to get theirs under 2.
The hemi also is still in production as the hurricane turbo motors evidently didn’t live up to their expectations. I predict we will have a new generation of Hemis, probably not in the next 5 years, but definitely in the next 10
Where did you get that they did not live up to expectations…they have only appeared in one vehicle so far in the US, the Wagoneer/Grand Wagoneer, and those are only now starting to hit dealer lots. I can see a new generation of Charger/Challenger that utilize the hurricanes, especially the H.O. version that is over 500hp.
Maybe the fact it offers no more power, pep or economy over an engine that was introduced in 2003 and has gone largely unchanged, well except for a refresh in 2009 with VVT, and sounds like trash, has many more points of potential failure, Al while while costing more. The hurricane engine is a bigger disappointment than the F35 fighter. Lots of money, mediocre return at best.
Stella even knows it. If you look at their engine allocations for Ram trucks out to 2024, the hurricane isn’t even available. It’s still the hemi.
Having had a Hellcat and a Tesla, the Tesla would beat this thing in a street race 10/10 on any road. These Challengers have a hard time putting down the power without spinning (at any speed). Try driving one of these things in rain, etc. On a prepped track this beast would win 10/10 with an experienced driver. I loved that Hellcat and the loud supercharger whine – got rid of it when my kids started driving (even the black key fob is too fast). I can control acceleration/speed limit using my App on my Tesla when my kids drive it. Even though I own a Tesla, I root for ICE cars (especially Challengers) at the track because I recognize the amount of work it takes to build these cars and I love the sound of revving engines. With that said, Tesla Plaids are 9 second cars out of the box and always launch cleanly and usually win. Sadly, I think drag racing will become computer nerds programming BEVs as gear heads fade away. Glad to see Dodge had the balls to make this beast and anticipate their BEV challenger replacement will run in the low 8s and no response from GM.
All new Mustang coming…500hp NA. Era isn’t ending if you don’t want it to.
I have been watching all the last call models when they came out, this one has “FAST 29” on the licence plate, i can not work out what that has to do with performance figures. No one has mentioned it, may be some one could answer that for me, not even the local Dodge dealer knows.
I just found out today what that means. 29 is for Iowa the 29th state of the union. Iowa is the leading corn harvester in the US. Corn is used to make the E85 fuel.
Thanks for the info, i will go with that.
Dodge: We have a new Challenger with 1025hp on E85!!
Chevrolet: We have an Equinox RS with red stitching accents!!
Chevrolet: “Our red tow hooks on our Offroad vehicles adds more horsepower”
I’d wish they would ethanol rate the LT1/LT2. The 5.3 goes from 355/383 to 380/412 on ethanol. Every little bit helps. Granted while your endurance racing, the pathetic fuel economy is counter intuitive, but drag racing or a single track lap, burn that fuel baby burn!
Great, if you only plan on going in a straight line!
What a beast gm needs to step up there game !!!!red stitching and chrome accents doesn’t cut it in the horse power wars !!!
Adding one to my fleet of old and new muscle cars! Can’t wait for it to arrive! Hemis rule!
Impressive engineering. Does anyone know if this thing is faster than a Tesla Plaid? Sure to be a collectors car someday. I wish that I could afford to purchase one and leave it to my grandkids.
Look, I’m a total gear head.
I LOVE gas powered muscle cars, sports cars, and GTs.
Currently own a few.
But does anyone really need 1,025 hp?
How many of us truly have the skills to properly handle a 1k hp car?
I read about a guy on FB who built his Camaro to have 1k rwhp.
I asked him what it runs in the quarter. He said he never ran it. And now he’s selling it.
What the heck was the point??
I have a couple friends who have the original Hellcats. One of them said the car is useless on the street on street tires. He said he can blow the tires off by just leaning into it at 40 mph.
My prediction is these cars end up tucked into a garage never to be seen or wadded up on the side of the road.
I like their thinking here. Bring back the Viper and I’ll have my deposit ready…and will forget about Corvette. While I love Dodge is keeping the ICE engines going, but this one just isn’t a car for me.
I hate when I re-read my own comments after it’s too late to correct crappy grammar…