In a captivating display of philanthropy and automotive enthusiasm, the first 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 crossed the auction block at Barrett-Jackson, resulting in an astounding total of $700,000 for a charitable cause. The highly anticipated event drew attention not only for the exceptional performance and unique features of the vehicle but also for the star-studded presence of actress Nicole Kidman, who played a pivotal role in the auction proceedings.
Kidman, known for her remarkable acting talents, took on the role of the auctioneer and skillfully facilitated the excitement that unfolded. Ultimately, the hammer dropped at an impressive $400,000, with the entire sum going towards the designated charity.
In a remarkable turn of events, the winning bidder demonstrated unparalleled generosity by immediately donating the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 back to Barrett-Jackson, intending to give others an opportunity to contribute to the cause. The auction resumed, and the muscle car attracted another round of high bidding. As the gavel struck down, the final winning bid settled at $300,000, culminating in a combined total of $700,000 raised through the two auctions.
Kidman pledged VIP tickets to her husband, Keith Urban’s highly anticipated show in Las Vegas to sweeten the deal for the generous winning bidder. Such personalized interactions added a touch of glamour and excitement to an already exhilarating event.
While the winning bidder did not drive away with the car right away, they were awarded the last build slot for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. This coveted privilege provided the opportunity to customize the vehicle with preferred options and even a custom color. A standard Demon 170 starts at $100,361 after destination and gas guzzler taxes, highlighting the exclusivity and value of this unique build slot.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 boasts an awe-inspiring 1,025 horsepower and 945 lb.-ft. of torque on E85 fuel, enabling it to achieve an astonishing 0 to 60 mph acceleration in just 1.66 seconds. Even on E10 fuel, the vehicle maintains an impressive performance with 900 horsepower and 810 lb.-ft. of torque.
However, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170’s exceptional quarter-mile performance of an NHRA-certified 8.91 seconds @ 151.17 mph led to some expected consequences. The car’s ability to achieve a sub-nine-second quarter-mile without the mandatory safety cage and parachute resulted in Dodge receiving a violation letter and facing a ban from the NHRA. The same “badge of honor” that the 2018 version received.
It is worth noting that Barrett-Jackson, true to its commitment to making a positive impact, pledged that the entire hammer price from the auction would benefit Krisi House, an organization dedicated to supporting children who have experienced various forms of trauma. Krisi House aims to create a healing environment for those in need by providing treatment, advocacy, and coordination of services.