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The last function of the most furious: this is how the most powerful American sports car in history says goodbye


Dodge released the latest version of its iconic Challenger: a practically competition model with 1,039 horsepower.

Nothing less than 1,039 CV delivers the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170

, the last great exponent of a lineage of muscular Americans who will have their final chapter in this special edition.

This is the latest launch 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.

The tremendous muscle car, with which the series of short-run proposals that Dodge called Last Call -or "Last Call" in English- also ends, is a beast designed to make a lot of noise in the chopped.

Thanks to its 6.2-liter engine supercharged by a compressor, 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 recorded by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA).

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170.

The numbers are enough to become

the most powerful American sports car in history

, dethroning precisely a brother of his, the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, which also with an engine of that displacement and similar characteristics achieved 819 CV and 959 Nm of torque, although with results that, also spectacular, end up knowing little: a quarter mile in 10.5 seconds at 211 km/h and from 0 to 96 km/h in 3.25 seconds.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170.

To achieve such numbers, Dodge started with a 2017 Demon as a base, but reworked it almost completely, keeping only the camshafts and block.

The rest was specially designed for this model, which although it can work with 95 octane gasoline, delivers its maximum power with E85 bioethanol (85% alcohol).

Likewise, it maintains the same eight-speed automatic gearbox, but they added reinforcements and a new rear differential, 30% stronger to support that extra power that its predecessor did not have.

The 1,039 hp V8, soul of the Challenger SRT Demon 170.

In this sense, despite the fact that it is a performance typical of a competition 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 rear that are almost racing, made from a specific compound for this model.

As an option, you can equip carbon fiber and aluminum wheels that lighten the car by almost 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 with an engine that exceeds 1,000 horsepower

Every detail is important when thinking about a 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 of the surface, in addition to equipping, for For example, an

engine cooling system that runs even when the vehicle is off.

The "demon" of the 170 stamped on the seats.

However, since it does not have a safety cage or braking parachute as standard, the car does not leave the factory ready to participate in official drag races.

A detail that, of course, can be corrected just by taking a look at the Dodge accessories catalog.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170.

It is clear that the important thing about this Challenger is there, because of its performance, and it is even noticeable when looking at its aesthetic proposal: on the outside it is a vehicle without great pretensions, a typical muscle car that also follows that line on the inside, where there are

no rear seats, its audio system is equipped with just two speakers

and, also to lighten weight, many insulating materials, both acoustic and thermal, were reduced as standard.

Priced at US$96,666 plus tax, Dodge began taking reservations on March 27 for the 3,300 units it will manufacture starting in July, 3,000 for the United States market and the remaining 300 for Canada.

The Challenger SRT Demon 170, with rear parachute.

But this will be the case as long as the tailwind allows it: due to the new emissions regulations in that region, they have time to finish them until December 31 of this year, so any setback in those six months could generate a delay that ends up leaving unfinished cars.

Dodge Challenger: a full-fledged American

The youngest of the American muscle cars – the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro are its most famous predecessors –

burst into dealerships at the end of 1969

, and since then it has become an icon of the industry but also of automobile culture.

1970 Dodge Challenger

Its first generation existed from launch until 1974, when the oil crisis and

emissions regulation in the United States forced Dodge to put a full stop to it


At that time, it left the factory with a wide variety of engine options, all V8, among which a HEMI block of 7.2 liters of displacement that reached 431 CV stood out, in addition to the possibility of choosing between gearboxes. manual or automatic.

1978 Dodge Challenger

The Dodge Challenger returned to the ring four years later, although without the initial success.

The reasons were clear: this second generation was built on the platform of the Mitsubishi Galant Lambda, giving rise to a compact rear-wheel drive sports car instead of maintaining the original muscular spirit.

2008 Dodge Challenger

Things changed in 2008, when that second impasse ended and

the car reappeared on the market recovering that retro style of the first generation

, earning the enthusiasm of the fans of these cars also with limited editions to identify with different user profiles, but Above all, marking the style that defines him even today, when he writes his latest stories on the market with combustion engines.

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Source: clarin

All tech articles on 2023-03-28

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