LAST CALL: One-of-One 2023 Dodge Demon 170 is Set to Raise Funds at the Las Vegas Auction for Children in Need


Written by Nicole Ellan James


In 1970 Dodge introduced the short-lived Challenger. While production had ended a short four years after its introduction, the muscle car had a lasting impact on Mopar enthusiasts and played a significant role in the pony-car wars. The Challenger later made its second appearance with its second generation in 1978 but was discontinued in 1983.

In 2008, the Challenger made its third appearance, undergoing a reinvention that incorporated a nostalgic design and a modern HEMI V8 engine. At the Barrett-Jackson 2008 Scottsdale Auction, Dodge sold a special “Badge #1” edition on the block to benefit charity. To set itself apart from the competition, Dodge shifted its attention toward its illustrious heritage and reaffirmed its commitment to old-school values, emphasizing significant horsepower figures and impressive quarter-mile times as top priorities.

Dodge’s ingenious strategy commenced with introducing the 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, with Barrett-Jackson selling VIN 001 of the model for charity at the 2014 Las Vegas Auction. Equipped with a remarkable 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, it instantaneously seized the throne of power. This audacious move quickly made headlines and solidified the Challenger’s dominance in the realm of raw horsepower.

In another display of dominance, Dodge followed up in 2018 with the Demon – a meticulously designed drag car that remarkably doubled as a street-legal vehicle, complete with a factory warranty. It was limited to a mere 3,300 units for its single year of production, with the final Demon produced selling for charity at Barrett-Jackson’s 2018 Northeast Auction. This extraordinary creation boasted an augmented Hellcat V8 engine that unleashed an astonishing 840 horsepower when fueled by 100-octane race fuel. Dodge proudly proclaimed its achievement of a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds at a staggering speed of 140 mph on a prepared track surface.

Fast forward to 2023, a year that Dodge enthusiasts have approached with a sense of trepidation, as it signifies the conclusion of the brand’s era defined by unabashed extravagance. Regrettably, the Hellcat V8 engine will bid farewell after dutifully powering numerous iconic Chargers and Challengers for nearly a decade. In addition, both models will reach the end of their production line, making room for the emergence of electric muscle cars, marking a significant shift in the automotive landscape.

Amidst the bittersweet farewell, Dodge has been bidding adieu to its cherished beasts through a captivating seven-part series of special editions, aptly named “Last Call.” Now, the curtain is drawn on the seventh and ultimate vehicle in the series, and it stands as the most exhilarating street-legal masterpiece to ever emerge from the SRT laboratory: the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170.

To further the tradition and legacy of selling these incredible and powerful muscle cars at Barrett-Jackson, during the 2023 Las Vegas Auction, June 22-24 at the West Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center, enthusiasts can bid on a 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. 100% of the hammer price will benefit Kristi House. This 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Florida provides treatment, advocacy and coordination of services, within a healing environment, for all forms of child trauma, with an ongoing dedication to prevention education and training.

The most diabolically enticing aspect of the Demon 170 lies beneath its hood. Nestled between the fenders resides a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 D170 HEMI engine, boasting an array of internal enhancements that set it apart from its predecessor. The only commonality between the two engines is the camshaft. When fueled by E85, a 170-proof ethanol fuel mixture that inspires its name, the Demon 170’s powerhouse generates a staggering 1,025 horsepower and 945 ft/lbs of torque. Without E85, a mere 91-octane fuel can still summon an impressive 900 horses and 810 ft/lbs of torque.

The enhancements extend beyond the engine, permeating the driveline with reinforced and upgraded components. A sturdier driveshaft and a more robust 240mm rear axle with a 3.09 ratio ensure the power is effectively transmitted. An 8-speed automatic transmission deftly manages gear changes, while an improved transmission brake introduces configurable launch settings, further augmenting the vehicle’s performance. Rolling on Mickey Thompson ET Street R tires, the Demon 170 sports a substantial size difference between the front (245/55R18) and rear (315/50R17).

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Published Date: Mon, 05 Jun 2023 17:47:20 +0000


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