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.
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.