Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 vs. Tesla Model S Plaid

Clash Of The Titans, This Is Only The First Meeting...

Dodge concluded production of its last supercharged HEMI® muscle car this past Friday – the extraordinary 1,025 horsepower 2023 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170. With its 1,025 horsepower (at 6,500 rpm) and 945 lb.-ft. (at 4,200 rpm) production HEMI® engine, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170 rockets to 60 mph in a stunning 1.66 seconds, boasting the highest G-force acceleration of any production car at 2.004 gs. Additionally, the Demon 170 can reach 900 horsepower and 810 lb.-ft. of torque on E10 fuel.

Recently, our friend, YouTuber RacerX, was fortunate enough to acquire one of the limited-production muscle cars. After putting 800 miles on the vehicle post-delivery, he headed to Bradenton Motorsports Park to meet up with from the YouTube channel DragTimes, who brought his 1,020 horsepower tri-motor Tesla Model S Plaid.

In contrast to the Demon 170, the Plaid features all-wheel drive (AWD), enabling it to launch to 60 mph in under 2 seconds. On paper, these two monsters seem evenly matched. The Demon shed its passenger and rear seats to minimize weight.

During their first attempt, Brooks executed a superior launch compared to the Demon, clinching victory through skill, power, and style. However, the Demon struggled due to its overwhelming power and couldn’t help but attempt a “wheelie,” while the AWD Tesla effortlessly surged ahead.

RacerX and Brooks Weisblat of DragTimes.com. 

In a thrilling rematch, the Demon, displayed its prowess off the line, taking an early lead. However, the relentless force of the Tesla’s AWD, propelled it forward, ultimately securing another victory with a 9.4-second finish, while the Demon crossed the line in 9.7 seconds, valiantly competing despite the challenges.

Despite the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon 170’s awe-inspiring power, its struggle to maintain traction off the line proved to be a decisive factor in the face-off against the Tesla Model S Plaid. The Demon’s wheel-lifting antics, witnessed by enthusiasts following RacerX’s experiences, presented a formidable challenge, highlighting the need for optimal traction to fully harness its extraordinary power.

They attempted a third run, but the Demon encountered technical issues, forcing it to exit the race.

Despite the Challenger’s loss, a silver lining emerges upon reevaluation. Its struggle to keep all four wheels grounded during the launch severely disadvantaged it, mainly causing its defeat. Under ‘fair’ conditions, the outcome might have differed significantly.

Nonetheless, we anticipate seeing these formidable competitors clash again soon.

Robert S. Miller

Robert S. Miller is a diehard Mopar enthusiast who lives and breathes all that is Mopar. The Michigander is not only the Editor for MoparInsiders.com, 5thGenRams.com, and HDRams.com but an automotive photographer. He is an avid fan of offshore powerboat racing, which he travels the country to take part in.

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The demon is the quicker and faster car here obviously. It simply comes down to driver skill. Drag racing is dependent on the driver.

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Curious, I’ve been told the computer programing will not allow the drive-train’s full potential until 1,500-miles. I own Scat Packs with 6.4’s. Not sure if this is true at all or if it applies across the board to all Chargers, Challengers, 300’s or certain drivetrains or certain vehicles, etc, etc.?
100% agree that driver must adapt to track conditions. Would think adrenaline and other human factors may have affected the outcome.
If all you have to do is press the accelerator to cut a light, not as much to worry about. Not downplaying the Tesla’s performance, it is a screamer; it is instant torque and four wheel drive.
Both vehicles have advantages and disadvantages.
Don’t think this ice/battery ‘war’ will end anytime soon. Fun times ahead.

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Once again congrats to Racer X on getting the CD170. Working at a Dodge dealership, I have gotten to see (and hear) one of these cars and it is an awesome machine. The CD170 is clearly the more powerful vehicle here and the faster of the two, however traction is the weak link here. I feel like the Banshee Stage-2 Charger will definitely be able to address these issues and give us a Tesla stomping machine. I truly feel like these next-gen cars both EV and ICE (or hybrid) will actually end up taking alot of the technology that has been pioneered by the CD170 and all of the rest of the previous SRT performance vehicle and will actually end up being a very nice vehicle with a lot of performance options, packages and upgrades. Indeed there is the potential for there to still be fun times ahead.

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Living in Frostbite Falls, MN with moose and flying squirrel, I would rate both vehicles as fair weather friends. This comparison is a one-trick pony contest.

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