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Earlier this year, Dodge decided to go out with a bang and resurrect the one and only Challenger SRT Demon. Initially a one-off that didn’t do so well in 2018, the new SRT Demon 170 was the final and seventh “Last Call” model from the “Last Call” campaign by Dodge. Ending the reign of gasoline-powered Dodge Challenger and Charger models, these special edition models were muscle car enthusiasts last chance to get a one-of-a-kind Challenger or Charger model. Now with the 2023 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show underway, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 returns to the spotlight and brings with it some Demon-inspired auto parts as a part of its Dodge Direct Connection catalog backed by Mopar.
First, does anyone remember the Hellcrate Mopar debuted during the 2020 SEMA Show? We can understand if this one flew under the radar during all the chaos of 2020. Not many auto shows were still running at the time, anyway, but the Hellcrate was a gem for muscle car enthusiasts. Able to switch out an engine for another able to generate 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, consumers could get a high-performance muscle car for fraction of the price. This Hellcrate was inspired by the original Hellephant engine kit, boasting a total of 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb-ft of torque that debuted back in 2018.
The Hellephant was only available for pre-1976 street and off-road vehicles, but the Hellcrate changed that. Now in 2023, the limit is being lifted again due to the Dodge Direct Connection Catalog. First announced in January 2022, Dodge opened up a new performance parts catalog separate from Mopar that was focused on making the most out of the performance the Dodge Challenger and Charger were known for. With the discontinuation of both models, the only way consumers can continue to modify and increase the performance of either was through Dodge Direct Connection, a full catalog of factory-backed performance products to add more power. Broken down into three parts – Modern Performance, Competition, and Crate Engines – just about anyone can modify their muscle car these days.
Returning to the 2023 SEMA Show is the Hellephant, now with Dodge SRT Demon 170-inspired auto parts. Crate engine kits are some of the easiest to own and install for consumers, and for a fee, the engineers at Mopar can install it in no time. Called the Hellephant C170 6.2L Supercharged Crate HEMI Long Block, consumers can order this crate kit and get that legendary 1,000 horsepower under the hood of their car.
Set to be available during the first quarter of 2024, be sure to follow us on NowCar social media to find out when they go live. Before that, however, to make the most out of the Hellephant crate is to install it into a new Dodge Challenger or Charger. At the end of 2023, Dodge will no longer produce gasoline-powered Dodge Challenger or Charger models. 2023 ends in two months, and after December 31, 2023, that’s it, orders will close. If you want to get Demon-inspired parts on a new Dodge Challenger or Dodge Charger the fastest way to do it is to order a new Dodge Challenger online with NowCar.