As the era of the gas-powered Challenger comes to an end, the 2023 Dodge Challenger will be the last of its kind Cleverness and other vehicle manufacturers are moving towards a zero emissions world and so now would be a good time to buy a proper muscle car before they all go electric.
When it comes to muscle cars, the Dodge challenger is probably the first thought that comes to mind, and in 2018 Dodge cemented its reign over the muscle car debate with the Challenger Demon.
The Demon was a muscle car so powerful it felt like a sin; it was limited though, and if you weren’t one of the lucky few to get your hands on one, you might think you’ll never own a muscle car this powerful.
Thankfully, that’s not the case, as Dodge has released the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, a slightly weaker, but at least powerful Challenger trim that’s almost as good as the Demon, and here’s why.
If Satan himself made a car, it would be the aptly named demon
Released in 2018, the Dodge Challenger Demon is a truly demonic muscle car. The Demon is equipped with a hellish 6.2L Hemi V8 engine paired with a 2.7L supercharger, producing an earth-shattering 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque. Bringing all those HPs to the tarmac is an eight-speed manual transmission.
Because the Demon is so underpowered, you could feed it high-octane fuel from the Demon Crate to push that already mind-blowing 808 horsepower to an astounding 840 horsepower, increasing torque to 770 lb-ft. That much power translates into a 0-30 in just one second, a 0-60 in just 2.3 seconds and a quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds, making it the fastest production car ever when it comes to acceleration.
To make this already special car even more unique, Dodge only made 3,300 and sold it for just one year, making it a very valuable one-off muscle car that not only sells for much more than the $85,000 you paid for it, but also will continue to grow in value.
The worthy successor to the demon: the Super Stock
Since the Demon is a limited edition model, many muscle car and Dodge fans missed out on that diabolical machine; However, Dodge noticed that the Demon was in high demand and saw it as a fantastic opportunity, and the Super Stock was born.
Since the world was already in love with the ferocious Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and its peak output of 797 horsepower and 707 lb-ft of torque, Dodge unveiled a demonic spawn.
The 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock lives up to its name, because “super” is an understatement. Like the Hellcat Redeye, the Super Stock is also equipped with the 6.2L HEMI V8, the difference being an extra 10 horsepower, bringing the Super Stock’s power output to 807 horsepower, almost on par with the Demon on regular fuel (808 PK), but equal to the Demon in terms of torque.
With Demon-like output, the Super Stock also has Demon-like acceleration with a 0 to 60 of just 3.25 seconds, which is one second longer than the Demon, and a quarter mile run of 10.5 seconds, also about a second longer than the demon.
According to the Kelley Blue Book website, the Super Stock will cost you around $75,000 to $79,000, which isn’t exactly cheap, but compared to other 800+ HP cars, it’s pretty decent.
The Super Stock is just as hellish on the drag strip
More than anything, the Demon was built to leave its opponents in the dust on the dragstrip and to truly be a successor to such a threat you’d need to be just as devilishly fast and equipped with a dragstrip, and the So is Super Stock. only that.
Like the Demon, the Super Stock is equipped with lightweight 18-by-11-inch wheels with a stylish low-gloss granite finish and tacky Nitto NT05R trailing radials. While that gives the Super Stock great grip, it also means it uses four-piston Brembo 14.2-inch vented rotors up front, as opposed to the Brembo/15.4-inch six-piston discs on offer on the Hellcat Redeye with 20-inch wheels.
To make the Super Stock an even better drag racing machine, Dodge has incorporated the clever bits of technology that make the Demon such a beast into the Super Stock as well. Launch control, Power Chiller, Line Lock, Race Cooldown and Torque Reserve are just a few features that enhance the Super Stock’s drag racing capabilities.
Further enhancing the Super Stock’s drag racing capabilities is the performance tuned asymmetric limited slip differential with a final drive ratio of 3.09, where asymmetric refers to asymmetric axles in terms of length and helps control wheel jumps. The weight and power of this beast can be accommodated by a uniquely tuned high performance Bilstein suspension.
The Super Stock is the true heir to the Demon, as it’s built to burn the drag strip just like its predecessor, and unless you encounter a Demon, the Super Stock is guaranteed to beat every other production muscle car on the strip.