Dodge is not quite letting go of the roaring V8 yet

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Dodge is not quite letting go of the roaring V8 yet

The ‘last’ Challenger model can ‘pull out’ the Tesla Model S Plaid

The Dodge Challenger has been an icon for nearly 57 years. Especially within the US, because outside it were mainly the Ford Mustang, Chevrolet Corvette that managed to steal the hearts of petrolheads. In the 1980s, the Challenger was added, thanks to the Dukes of Hazard. In the next ten years, these muscle cars with their roaring V8 engines will become increasingly rare anyway. A fully electric model of the Ford Mustang is already available.

Monstrous farewell to the ICE Charger

Eventually the other manufacturers will also have to believe it, but before then Dodge has a nice surprise in store with a clear wink. A special version of the Dodge Challenger, the SRT Demon 170, which accelerates from 0 to 100 faster than the fastest car at the moment, the Tesla Model S Plaid, thanks to 1025 hp and 1280 Nm of torque. The new Challenger does that half a second faster, 1.66, than the Tesla, which needs 2.1 seconds.

However, to beat the fastest Tesla, the Dodge needs some extras. First, you need to fill it with E85 gasoline. That is a fuel with a high ethanol content. If you just fill up with E10, you will lose about 100 horsepower. And to get to the 1.66 second, there must also be special rear tires – extra wide and suitable for drag racing.

What does 0 to 100 look like in practice? You can see that in the demo video below. The braking chute is not part of the standard specs, although that would not be surprising with this acceleration.

Not much chance you can buy one here

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 has a price tag that starts at just under $97,000. That is not too bad, but there are also the local taxes, which differ per state in the US. The most comprehensive model, including racing wheels and tires, will cost up to $120,000 including taxes. That is still slightly cheaper than the ‘slower’ Tesla Model S Plaid.

However, the chance that you can buy a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 here in the Netherlands is small. Dodge will only make 3,300 copies of this racing monster. Of these, 3,000 will be sold in the US and 300 in Canada.

Photos: Dodge

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