Dodge recently put a definite end to the era of gas-powered muscle cars.
2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170
The 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 was unveiled on Tuesday by the same company that introduced the Hellcat and Demon.
Before the end of this era, this is the seventh and last "Last Call" special edition model.
Each Demon 170 will cost $100,361, which includes a $1,595 destination fee and a $2,100 gas guzzler fee. Manufacturing will start this summer.
The diabolical MSRP is $96,666.
Performance stats for Demon 170
The Demon 170 turns up the volume on everything. E85 is rated to produce a maximum of 1,025 horsepower and 945 lb-ft of torque. When using premium fuel (E10), the engine's output is reduced to 900 horsepower and 810 lb-ft.
As the electronics automatically calculate the amount of ethanol in the fuel and recalibrate the engine to function appropriately, it can also run on any combination of the two. The moniker The Demon 170 is a play on the E85 fuel's 170-proof rating. For the same reason, the Hellephant C170 crate engine bears that moniker.
According to Dodge, the Demon 170 can roll out at 2.0 g and reach 60 mph in 1.66 seconds on a prepared surface.
Although Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis acknowledged that it won't run that on a street, it will still complete the 0-60 mph run in less than 2.0 seconds on an unprepared dragstrip.
It runs the quarter-mile in 8.91 seconds at 151.17 mph, according to NHRA certification, and the 60-foot distance in 1.20 seconds.
The Dodge Demon 170 is the quickest and fastest-accelerating production vehicle that money can buy.
For comparison, the Demon's 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque on E85 resulted in a quarter-mile pace of 9.65 seconds and a top speed of 140 mph, as well as acceleration forces of 1.8 g and a 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds.
The Demon 170 has already received a letter of violation from the NHRA for its quarter-mile time of less than nine seconds.
When it falls below 10 seconds, a safety cage is required, and when it surpasses 9 seconds, a parachute is required. Both of these situations can result in a prohibition until such accessories are fitted.
The Demon 170's engine
Dodge started working on the Demon 170 as a Challenger Demon modified with the intention of producing four figures of horsepower.
Kuniskis claimed that because engines kept blowing up, the team had to replace significantly more than they had planned. The camshaft, valve springs, and lifters are the only internal components of the engine that are still shared with the Demon.
Cast-iron block of the Demon's 6.2-liter V-8 had to be upgraded with studs for a stronger clamping force on the heads to enable higher cylinder pressures for Demon 170 use.
Engineers replaced the 2.8-liter supercharger on the Demon with a 3.0-liter supercharger that produces 21.3 psi. A new 105-mm throttle body supplies fuel to the redesigned Hellephant supercharger, which is attached to a 3.02-inch pulley.
On E85, the cylinder heads are rated for 2,500 psi.
That is 50% more than a Hellcat Red Eye and perhaps 25% higher than the Demon on racing gas.
New pistons, rods, valve guides, cranks, billet main caps, spark plugs, and an improved crank damper are all included in the engine's list of new components.
The Demon 170 uses the Power Chiller system that SRT created for the Demon.
By using the air conditioning system to cool the supercharger's intercooler both before and after a lap down the dragstrip, the technology lowers induction air temperatures by up to 45 degrees.
To accommodate the switch to E85 capabilities, the fuel rail and injector system were updated. With injectors that can move up to 164 gallons of gasoline per hour, the system now moves 25% more fuel. In 5.75 minutes, you may empty the tank, Kuniskis claimed.
An revised output flange on the Demon's 8-speed automatic transmission allows for a prop shaft that is 30% stronger and bigger in diameter.
It attaches to a bigger CV joint with redesigned geometry housing and a 240-mm rear differential.
Now that the rear differential is pressure cast rather than flow cast, it is 50% more powerful than the rear differential of the Demon.
To prevent anything from snapping under the torque during a launch, new rear half shafts with 43 splines were installed, along with larger inner connecting splines.
The Demon's TransBrake was a challenging piece of hardware, according to Kuniskis, so the team reworked it and gave it the version 2.0 moniker for its enhanced user interface. In order to improve tyre grip, the car's electronics can also cooperate with the TransBrake to reduce torque by a specific percentage at intervals of tenths of a second. This works all the way down the track to prevent tyre slip between gears.
Users of the TransBrake can now choose from a number of launch profiles to adjust the engine power delivery to the track and circumstances.
Drivers can also save their customised launch and shift settings for the grip of different surfaces using the memory function.
The engine throttle can be increased by the system via the TransBrake up to 2,350 rpm.
Suspension of Demon 170
The Demon's suspension has been electrically and mechanically recalibrated. The Demon could perform a wheelie and then slam the front end back to the ground, but the Demon 170 omits this phase. The front end lifts up more slowly as a result of the suspension's revised tuning, giving the car greater power to accelerate. To assist jam the tyres into the track and cause them to wrinkle as they hook, the rear suspension is 50% stronger than the Demon's.
The adaptive Bilstein shocks are still present, but they have been tuned specifically for the Demon 170-based car. This results in a 0.4-inch rise in rear ride height and a 0.7-inch reduction in rear jounce travel. These two adjustments were done to make sure the enormous Mickey Thompsons could pass in the back.
In order to widen the contact patch when under load, rear suspension camber was modified. In comparison to a Hellcat Redeye Widebody, the front springs have been softened by 35% up front and 28% in the back, and the front and rear sway bars have been relaxed by 75% and 44%, respectively.
The Demon 170 has tyres that are spaced apart. 18x8-inch wheels with Mickey Thompson 245/55 ET tyres. Front-mounted street tyres are paired with 17x11-inch wheels and Mickey Thompson P315/50R ET Street R drag radials in the back. To improve on-street performance, Dodge and Mickey Thompson collaborated to ensure that the rear tyres have additional grooves.
The muscle car can be driven from the garage to the drag strip, ran down the track, and then driven home because the wheel and tyre setup is street-legal. No front runners are required, and there is no requirement for tyre and wheel shifting at the track.
In the cold, in the rain, or when there is any wetness on the ground, Kuniskis advised against using these tyres. Customers who purchase a Dodge must sign a notarized form indicating that they are aware of this safety feature.
What is the weight of the Demon 170?
Even with the optional two-piece carbon fibre wheels, Kuniskis claimed that the Demon 170 is a little bit heavier than the Demon. The Demon 170 is around 25 pounds heavier than the original Demon after adding the weight of the supercharger and throttle body.
For comparison, the Demon 170 is estimated to weigh around 4,275 pounds based on the Demon's original weight of 4,250 pounds.
What does the Demon 170 look like?
You might initially believe the Demon 170 is a demonic being.
But take a deeper look.
The front fender flares were dropped, but the rear ones are still there. 16 pounds could be saved by removing the front flares and changing the front wheels from 315s to 245s.
Nonetheless, the Demon 170 shares body panels with the Demon and other widebody Hellcats.
It also has the air catcher hood from the Demon.
The Demon insignia on the front fenders features a 170 in the design and a yellow eye to signify support for E85.
The Demon 170's interior is typical Challenger SRT fare, however there is only one seat. There is no front passenger seat, rear seat, carpet in the trunk, soundproofing, or trunk light in order to reduce weight. Dodge equips the vehicle with a Demon 170 dash plaque and gauge cluster displays, and the radio only has two speakers.
Demon 170 options
Dodge won't have any $1 options like the Demon did, nor will there be a Demon Crate option. Kuniskis made it clear that there won't be any inexpensive solutions.
A leather-covered back seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and an 18-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are all included in the premium interior package. With this bundle, you can do without the back seat. A sunroof costs an extra $10,000. Kuniskis responded, "You want a sunroof, you're going to pay."
Customers of the Demon 170 can add a roll cage and a parachute as options through Dodge's Direct Connection programme, making their cars compliant with the NHRA's 8-second rule. Direct Connection will offer the option of a CO2 bottle.
Ordering a Demon 170
Customers looking for the Demon 170 can find out which dealerships will have allocations and look up their prices using Dodge's Horsepower Finder tool.
Orders will be accepted starting on March 27 and will end on May 15.
Dealer markups on the Demon 170 are not prohibited by Dodge, but orders placed at MSRP will get priority build slots.
Any Demon owner who wins a Demon 170 build spot will be given the chance to match the VINs on their vehicle.
Will there be any more Demon 170s made?
According to Kuniskis, Dodge plans to create the same number of Demon 170s—3,000 for the United States and 300 for Canada—as it did for the Demon.
The CEO swiftly added, though, that he is unsure if Dodge will be able to deliver those figures. The team anticipates to start with an allocation of about 2,700 and increase it from there due to plant downtime, a lack of parts, and other challenges. No matter how many Demon 170s are made, production ceases on December 31.
Dodge will include its usual 3-year/36,000-mile warranty with each Demon.
2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 reveal