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Dodge teasing the seventh and final “Last Call” model was a wild ride. After all the teasers, we combed through the specs and hints, and we came to the conclusion that the reason why Dodge missed its original premier date was because it was tinkering with a model that was too powerful for the world. Banned in its release year, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was not going to see the public streets ever again, if it ever did. Mostly a collector’s item and something enthusiasts could take to the track, the Demon was too much. Well, Dodge said “F that”, and did a complete overhaul of the SRT Demon for 2023. The world premiere of the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 was well worth the wait.
Rolling up in exclusive carbon fiber wheels made with lightweight alloy centers and titanium bolted carbon fiber rims, wrapped in Mickey Thompson 315/50/17 tires is the 1025 HP 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. Powered by a 6.2-liter HEMI, coupled with a 3.0-liter supercharger and a 105mm throttle body, the engine cylinder pressures go up to 2500 PSI. Able to generate 1025 horsepower and 945 lb-ft of torque, the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 launches at over 2Gs, is able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 1.66 seconds, and can complete a quarter mile in 8.9 seconds at 151 mph. The hints at these specs were there all along, and that last ad “Trip Wire” had the leprechaun breaking the sound barrier – that’s where the 2Gs come from.
To handle all this power, many, many upgrades were made to the 6.2-liter HEMI. From the inside out, engineers added new block machining, new pistons, rods, a new crank, bearings, head machining, head studs, billet steel main caps, and a new fluid dampener. Driving this thing was a mess, and the team tackled that with a larger dive shaft, 43 splined half shafts, a massive 240 mm differential, a new case, reinforced mounting, and reinforced cradle hardware. That 2G launch is aided by a retuned suspension and a 50-percent increased rear shock compression to keep the front thrusting forward. Giving drivers a little more control of all of this power, a new transbrake and launch mode have been added, allowing drivers electronically reshape the torque curve during acceleration and shifts from the head unit.
Probably the craziest bit is that this model doesn’t need gasoline to run. That guess that this pure racing car would use racecar fuel could still hold true, but for those looking to go green, the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 is the first mass-produced vehicle that can run on 170 proof ethanol. Able to run on alcohol, gasoline, or a mixture of the two, that is a huge plus for the environment.
The NHRA of course banned the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 again, but to counter that, Dodge offers a parachute from Direct Connection to help bring the vehicle to a stop. Oh, and a roll cage. That makes the SRT Demon 170 is the first street-legal drag racing car to be mass-produced vehicle in the entire world.
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