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The new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 takes the lunacy and unhinged character of the 2018 Demon and adds more wheelie-inducing speed. However, unlike the previous iteration, Hades’ new high-horsepower factory drag car might be fast enough to outrun some blisteringly quick electric vehicles (EVs), like the Tesla Model S Plaid and the Audi RS e-tron GT. So how does the new Demon stack up in an apples-to-oranges speed comparison with today’s emissions-free luxury sports sedans

How fast is the Dodge Demon 170?

The 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 can cover a quarter-mile drag in 8.91 seconds at 151 mph (243 kilometers per hour). The Last Call model will also finish a sprint to 60 mph in just 1.66 seconds on a prepped surface with a one-foot rollout. 

A 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 does a wheelie at a track.
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 | Stellantis

As a result, the new Demon 170 follows the list of its predecessor’s superlatives. It’s one of the fastest-accelerating road cars ever made, it’s been banned by the NHRA, and it’s the only current production car that will do a wheelie during a hard launch. 

Which EVs could the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 outrun?

The new Demon isn’t alone regarding straight-line speed. Many EVs will also smash quarter-mile drags and sprints to 60 mph. However, Dodge’s automotive last word can outrun many of them, like the Tesla Model S Plaid, Audi e-tron GT, and Porsche Taycan Turbo S. 

For instance, Car and Driver launched a Porsche Taycan Turbo S to 60 mph in just 2.4 seconds. While that is fiendishly fast for a heavy four-door sedan, it won’t keep pace with Dodge’s new E85-swilling Challenger SRT Demon 170. 

How fast is a Tesla Plaid 0 to 60?

Tesla’s Model S Plaid is one of the quickest EVs on the market. Tesla says the Plaid will hit 60 mph in a blistering 1.99 seconds. Moreover, the Model S Plaid’s 1,020 horsepower is just five ponies shy of the new Demon with its 170-proof fuel mixture. 

However, even with tri-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) and massive horsepower reserves, the Plaid can’t keep up with the straight-line performance of the final Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. 

A bright red Tesla Model S Plaid EV blasts around a track.
Tesla Model S Plaid | Tesla

What is the 0 to 60 mph of an Audi e-tron GT?

The Audi RS e-tron GT will hit 60 mph in around 2.9 seconds on its way to an 11.0-second quarter mile. That is fast enough to outrun a SRT Hellcat Redeye or a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500. However, it’s not quick enough to best the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. 

An Audi RS e-tron GT EV cruises around a corner.
Audi RS e-tron GT | Volkswagen Group

How much will the 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 cost? 

Although Dodge will produce a limited run of around 3,300 copies of the new 2023 Dodge Challenge SRT Demon 170, its starting price point makes it a bargain compared to premium EV luxury sedans. Specifically, the Demon 170 will start at $100,361. 

As a result, the Mopar halo car will undercut the Model S Plaid by around $9,629 and the Audi RS e-tron GT by about $45,034. Of course, these EV models are luxury performance sedans, and the Demon 170 is a wheel-standing purpose-built drag car.


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