- After months of promoting its reveal, Dodge has finally announced the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170.
- The Demon 170 carries a starting price of $100,361 after destination fee and federal gas-guzzler tax.
- Dodge only plans to make around 3000 Demon 170s between production starting in July, and the curtain closing on the V-8 Hellcat engine in December.
It’s been about seven months since Dodge announced the first “Last Call” Charger and Challenger, and the company has finally revealed the seventh—along with its price. Dodge couldn’t hold back when deciding on pricing for the Demon, which carries a base price of $96,666 (get it?), before destination fees and guzzler taxes are taken into account. Add $1595 for delivery, and the $2100 gas-guzzler tax brings the new Demon’s actual base price to $100,361.
If you recoil at the thought of spending $100,000 on a Challenger, you’re probably not alone, but the new Demon makes up for the high price with a four-figure horsepower rating and the chops it needs to race. Dodge did a lot of tinkering with the Hellcat during production, and accidentally blew up seven engines, according to CEO Tim Kuniskis. The work paid off, with the new Demon making 1025 horsepower and 945 pound-feet of torque in the right setup. Unleashing the Demon 170’s full potential requires an E85 flex fuel blend, but the Demon makes an impressive 900 horsepower and 810 pound-feet on standard pump gasoline.
Despite carrying such a hefty price tag, the Demon 170 has options. Just like the old Demon, the 170 comes standard with a cloth-covered single driver’s seat. Adding a passenger seat in a seat that used to cost $1. The car we sat in on display had two front bucket seats, both covered in available nappa leather, while the rest of the interior mirrored every other standard Hellcat Challenger.
An $11,495 aluminum and carbon fiber wheel set is available. The upgraded wheels share the same design as the standard set but save a combined 25 pounds. We know that Dodge has a street tire package available as well, but we don’t have a price for it.
Production is scheduled to begin this July, and will be limited to a few numbers below the 3300. Dodge hopes to build up to 3000 for the US and 300 for Canada before production ends on December 31st.
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