1,039 PS, 1,280 Nm of torque and a 0-100 time of 1.7 seconds… Dodge unveils the most powerful muscle car in history

3,300 examples of the ultimate demon will be produced for North America only

No matter how hard you try to reason with them, nothing works: for muscle car fans, the road to hell is definitely paved with electric motors. However, this is the direction in which Dodge, the undisputed champion of the big-block V8, is heading and it has already promised that all its muscle cars will become electric. Before committing the ultimate blasphemy, the American brand releases the swan song with the Challenger SRT Demon 170.

If the Challenger SRT Demon was already impressive with its 840 PS, the SRT Demon 170 benefits from an even bigger stable. Its 6.2-litre V8 is powered by a 3.0-litre supercharger and produces 1,039 PS and 1,280 Nm of torque. This Herculean force enables the car to accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 1.7 seconds (0 to 60 mph in 1.66 seconds) and to run the quarter mile (400 m) in 8.91 seconds. Spectacular, the result goes beyond the limits of the imaginable when you consider that the SRT Demon 170 remains a simple rear-wheel drive.

The devil is in the details

An eight-speed automatic transmission is responsible for handling all this power and no manual gearbox will be offered. On the outside, the Challenger SRT Demon 170 hides its pretensions well. First of all, it has custom-designed tyres, 18 inches at the front and 17 inches at the rear. Customers can choose between forged aluminium and carbon fibre wheels. Carbon fibre is used extensively for the SRT Demon 170’s bodywork.

Weight being the enemy, the muscle car does without rear seats and insulation on the boot lid. On board, the driver’s seat is emblazoned with the Demon 170. The instrumentation and infotainment system have also been adapted accordingly. The steering wheel is a combination of Alcantara and carbon fibre and can be combined with heated and ventilated seats as an option. If, in the unlikely event, you get tired of the V8’s vocals, you can always opt for a Harman Kardon sound system.

A price tag under $100,000

The SRT Power Chiller, which uses air conditioning to cool the supercharger, is back, as is the TransBrake 2.0, which optimizes engine torque on the track. Finally, Bilstein’s adaptive damping system will allow the car to be tuned to suit the driver’s needs. 3,000 units of the muscle car will be sold in the US and 300 in Canada. Priced from $96,666, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 will go into production this summer.

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