Optional Parachute System Available on 2023 Dodge Challenger Demon 170
The Dodge Challenger Demon 170 is an absolute powerhouse, capable of racing down a drag strip in less than nine seconds. To ensure you stay between the lines during this type of performance, Dodge will soon offer a selection of accessories through its Direct Connection parts catalog. These components include a parachute mounting system, a harness bar, a street wheel/tire package, and a carbon fiber rear seat delete insert.
The National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) regulations stipulate that any car built after 2014 that is able to run a nine-second quarter mile must be equipped with a parachute. While the use of a harness bar may be sufficient evidence of a safety cage, this is yet to be confirmed by Dodge. Direct Connection may be the answer if the harness bar is sufficient, however those wanting to race legally at NHRA drags will need to have both a safety cage and a parachute installed, as the stock Demon 170 is not permitted at NHRA drag strips.
Street wheels and tires are needed for the Demon as the tires which enable it to reach 0-60 mph in 1.66 seconds are not suitable for everyday driving. Their slicked-down sides and soft structure are created for optimum grip on absolute, prepped surfaces; it would be dangerous to drive them in wet conditions. To make altering the car's performance easier, the wheel/tire package comes with the vehicle, but they will not give the same speed as the original tires do.
Dodge currently provides a range of direct connection components for other Challenger models, focusing on engine performance features such as supercharger pulleys, cold-air intakes, and tuning software. Although the original Demon was offered with the "Demon Crate" – a complimentary hardware bundle that allowed the car to reach its track-ready specifications – the Demon 170 doesn't require similar modifications, though these parts still mirror the crate's features.
Dodge has announced that more information is to come in regards to the pricing and availability of the specially designed performance parts for the Demon 170, the most powerful Challenger ever built. Production will only stretch to 3,000 in the United States, with 300 being made in Canada.