It delivers nothing less than 1,039 CV Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, the last great exponent of the spread of American muscle that will have its last chapter in this special edition. This is the last image of the iconic model before the brand says goodbye to sports cars with V8 gasoline engines to give way to proposals that are more in line with the new regulations on carbon dioxide emissions.
A tremendous muscle car, with which the series of short presentations called Dodge Last Call – or “Last Call” in English, also ends, the beast is designed to make a lot of noise in the chop.
Thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged engine, it can do the quarter mile (402 meters) in 8.91 seconds at 243.28 km/h, while accelerating from 0 to 96 km/h in 1 .66 seconds, as reported by him. National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).
The numbers are enough to drive the most powerful American sports car in history, precisely its brother, the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, which also with an engine of that displacement and similar characteristics made 819 CV and 959 Nm of torque, although with results that, even spectacular, know little: quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 211 km/h and from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.25 seconds.
To achieve these numbers, Dodge started with the base 2017 Demon, but redesigned almost all of it, keeping only the camshafts and valves. The rest are specially designed for this model, which although it can work with 95 octane gasoline, it delivers its maximum power with E85 bioethanol (85% alcohol).
Also, it keeps the same eight-speed automatic gearbox, but they have added a new rear differential, 30% stronger to ensure that extra power that its predecessor did not have.
In this sense, despite the fact that it is a typical performance car, the truth is that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 is approved for driving on public roads, even with its 245/55/R18 Mickey Thompson tires on the front. and 315/50/R17 almost the last run, made from a compound specific to this model. As an option, you can fit carbon fiber and aluminum wheels that lighten the car by about 15 kilos.
This is how the most powerful muscle car in the world accelerates
It is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170, which says goodbye to an engine that exceeds a thousand horsepower.
Every detail is important when thinking about competition, and that is why it has different driving modes -Auto, Custom and Drag- and launch modes to choose the one that best suits the grip surface, in addition to deployment, eg the engine cooling system runs even when the vehicle stops.
But with a safety cage and no parachute braking as standard, the car doesn’t leave the factory drag ready to participate in public races. The details of which, of course, can be corrected by just looking in the Lincoln Catalog of accessions.
It is clear that the important thing about this claimant is that it is there for its performance, and it is also notable when it comes to its aesthetic purpose: the exterior of the vehicle is without great pretension, a typical muscle car that also follows that line. inside, where there are no extreme seats, the audio system is equipped with just two speakers and, even for the light weight, many materials of the island, both acoustic and thermal, have been reduced to standard.
Priced at US$96,666 plus tax, Dodge began taking reservations on March 27 for 3,300 units that it will manufacture beginning in July, 3,000 for the United States market and the remaining 300 for Canada.
But this will be as long as the tailwind allows: due to the new emission regulations in that country, they have time to complete them until December 31 of this year, so any inconvenience in those six months could generate delays that end. leaving the cars infected.
Striker Challenger: a full-American twist
The smallest American muscle cars – the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro are its most famous predecessors – burst onto the market at the end of 1969, and from there it became an icon of the industry but also of the car culture.
Its first generation existed from launch until 1974, when the oil crisis and emissions control in the United States forced Dodge to be completely discontinued. At that time it left the factory with a variety of engine options, all V8, including a HEMI trunk with a displacement of 7.2 liters that produced 431 CV, in addition to the ability to choose between manual or automatic gearboxes.
The Dodge Challenger returned to the ring four years later, albeit without initial success. The reasons were clear: this second generation was built on the platform of the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda, and it was born to be a sporty compact drive car instead of the original muscular spirit.
Things changed in 2008, when that second constraint ended and cars appeared on the market to repeat the style of the first generation, they earned the interest of fans of these cars even with limited editions to identify with different user profiles, but above all; marking a style that still defines him today, when he writes the latest stories on the market with combustion engines.