LAS VEGAS — As the "muscle car" era races toward its inevitable demise, the last bastion of the genre — the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 — is bowing out in a 1,000-plus horsepower billow of tire smoke.
To make sure that overabundance of internal combustion-generated power gets translated into forward motion, the Stellantis N.V. team tasked with developing the final "Last Call" special-edition Challenger model turned to Mickey Thompson Tires & Wheels, which delivered a modified version of its ET Street R in size P315/50R17 for Challenger SRT Demon.
Unveiled to the press in Las Vegas March 20, the SRT Demon 170 is rated at up to 1,025 hp when running on E85 fuel and 900 hp with E10 gasoline. This model is the seventh iteration of the Challenger SRT Demon, which debuted in 2018.
This latest SRT Demon will be the last Dodge-badged ICE muscle car. The brand is looking to bring its attitude to electric vehicles, as evidenced by the preview last summer of electric Charger Daytona SRT Concept.
Dodge's first electrified model, the Hornet R/T plug-in hybrid, arrives at dealerships in late spring.
The "stock" Challenger Demon 170 can jet from 0 to 60 mph in 1.66 seconds and turn the quarter mile in a National Hot Rod Association-certified 8.91 seconds at 151.2 mph.
Translating that horsepower and the Demon 170's 945 ft-lbs of torque into quick quarter-mile times is the duty of the tires.