Watch The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170's First Public Quarter-Mile Pass

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This is the first time the world's most powerful muscle car went down the quarter mile in public.

Following its action-packed live debut yesterday, Dodge has posted the entire public reveal of the Challenger SRT Demon 170 on its YouTube channel, giving those of us who weren't at the launch event the opportunity to see the world's quickest, fastest, and most powerful muscle car hit the strip.

If you'd rather not watch the entire thing, check out the below video from the 52:39 market to see the new arrival perform a wonderfully smoky burnout before it stages, performs a wheelie, and blasts down the strip with minimal drama, releasing its optional parachute at the 1,320 mark. If you still needed convincing that this is a true drag car, this should give you all the proof you need.

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The 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 used here is extremely powerful, producing 1,025 horsepower and 945 lb-ft of torque when it runs on E85 ethanol-blended gasoline. Equipped with street-legal drag radials as standard, the Demon 170 claims a 0-60 mph time of just 1.66 seconds, a quarter-mile time of 8.91 seconds at 151.17 mph (certified by the NHRA), and enough changes over the relatively sedate Challenger Hellcat Redeye Widebody that this is practically a new car.

Just like the original Demon, the 170 has already been banned by the NHRA for being too quick for a car that doesn't have a roll cage. Sadly, although we can see a roll cage in the car that Dodge sent down the strip in Vegas yesterday, this is not an option as such devices are illegal for street use.

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For those who don't know, the NHRA mandates that cars that can complete the quarter-mile in under 10 seconds must be equipped with a cage, and their drivers must have a competition license. Of course, the immense power of the engine and the finicky nature of the Demon 170's straight-line-focused rubber mean that achieving a sub-10-second time without eviscerating the tires is challenging, particularly if the surface is not prepped. This car is built for the ideal strip, and using it vigorously anywhere else could easily result in disaster, which is why buyers need to sign a waiver before taking delivery.

We hope to see plenty of these buyers at legal drag events soo, and we can't wait to see what the aftermarket comes up with to make this monster even more terrifying to drive.

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