As part of Dodge's 'Last Call' series of Chargers and Challengers Hellcat models, Stellantis unveiled a surprise entry into the range. Along with the King Daytona, Swinger, Super Bee, Black Ghost, and Shakedown trims, Dodge also added an updated, more powerful version of the Challenger Demon – called the Demon 170.
The Challenger Demon 170 shares most of the 2018 Demon’s upgrades, however, the engine can run fully on E85 fuel, with the 170-proof ethanol race fuel giving the car its name. The result of four years of tinkering and tweaking is 1,025 hp and 945 lb-ft of torque – making it the most powerful production muscle car on the planet. Even on 91-octane fuel – which most owners will probably use – the Demon 170 produces 900 hp and 810 lb-ft. The best of all? The Challenger Demon 170 is rear-drive only and completely road legal. The car has an MSRP of $96,666 – no doubt a nod to the name – and features most of the same optional extras as the regular Challenger Hellcat. The only anomaly is the sunroof – which is normally a $1,200 option – costs nearly $10,000 to deter potential owners from adding unnecessary weight. Fully specced out, the Demon 170 costs a whopping $133,421 – no doubt a figure that will increase exponentially with dealership markups.
The new Challenger Demon 170 is spectacular, but there are some more exotic vehicles available on the used market for less money. Here are ten second-hand supercars currently available that cost less than the new Demon 170.
10 2012 Audi R8 4.2 Quattro - $79,000
The Audi R8 arrived on the market in 2007 after Audi teased the world with the Le Mans and Nuvolari Concepts of 2003. The original R8 featured the 4.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 from the Audi RS4 of the time. The engine is mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.
Today, the R8 is one of the cheaper supercars on the used market. It is also among the most reliable of supercars and thanks to the Quattro all-wheel-drive, the R8 can handle a twisty road. Audi R8s is currently available for around $80,000 – most of which are in pretty good shape.
9 2013 Nissan GT-R Premium - $62,000
The Nissan GT-R R35 is often referred to as the ‘thinking man’s supercar’ thanks to its near-relentless acceleration, technology, and ease of use. The pre-facelifted version is the better choice as it still has the sense of awe inscribed in the driving experience.
The R35 GT-R departed from the inline-6 philosophy, rather embracing the V6 and adding twin turbos. The 3.8-liter unit produces 540 hp and 463 lb-ft of torque, rocketing the car from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.2 seconds. Thanks to its popularity, the GT-R is available on the used market for around $62,000.
8 2010 Bentley Continental Supersports - $80,000
The older Bentley Continental Supersports is one of the coolest of the big British GT cars. The 2010 version features more subtle styling changes over the regular Continental – unlike the previous generation which had a different body kit entirely.
The Supersports features a 621 hp version of the amazing 6.0-liter twin-turbo W12, sending power to all four wheels via a 6-speed automatic. Unfortunately, the Continental isn’t exactly known for its reliability or cheap maintenance costs, so while the $80,000 used price is pretty good, the repairs may end up with the car costing well over $100,000.
7 1994 Ferrari 348 Spider - $69,000
The Ferrari 348 Spider is an older Ferrari by modern standards and was the precursor to the brilliant but flawed F355. The 348 featured a 3.4-liter naturally aspirated V8 producing 300 hp – with the Spider getting the upgraded 312 hp version of the engine.
The 348 isn’t one of the most loved Ferraris, but it is still quite special and has a Prancing Horse on the front. While it cannot hold a candle to the Challenger Demon 170, it does look pretty great, and at around $70,000 on the used market, it is significantly cheaper.
6 2000 Ferrari 360 Modena - $74,000
Another Ferrari model, but this time from the early 2000s. It is, of course, the 360 Modena. The 360 was the successor to the F355 and was a massive improvement in terms of reliability and performance, with the 3.6-liter V8 producing a healthy 400 hp. It was also one of the last Ferraris to feature a manual transmission.
The 360 Modena and its Spider variant are pretty great vehicles but are plagued by a cheap-looking exterior and low popularity – which is how Tyler Hoover bought one for CarTrek. The 360 Modena is available for about $75,000 on the used market.
5 2002 Aston Martin Vanquish - $75,000
The Aston Martin Vanquish is a brute of a car, with the early 2000s model being more of a fancy muscle car than an elegant British GT. It had wide rear arches and illuded a presence that meant business, rather than cruising around the French Riviera at 40 mph.
The Vanquish featured the older 5.9-liter V12 which produced 460 hp and offered a choice of either a manual or automated manual. While the Vanquish ‘only’ costs as much as a new Ford F-150 Raptor, the repairs, and maintenance are horrendous and should be taken into account. Then again, the Vanquish is beautiful.
4 2012 Ferrari California - $95,000
The Ferrari California is not exactly everyone’s favorite Prancing Horse, but it is a pretty good car for cruising and showing off. The California features a 4.3-liter version of the V8 found in the 458 Italia and produces 453 hp.
The California was supposed to be a Maserati, but Ferrari snatched it from the rival Italian firm and put a yellow horsey badge on it. The California costs from just under $100,000 for a good one, although there are some questionable examples available for less.
3 2004 Lamborghini Gallardo Coupe - $92,000
The Lamborghini Gallardo was the Italian brand’s first ‘entry-level’ car since the Jalpa in the 1980s, and it was brilliant. All Gallardo models featured a V10 engine displacing either 5.0 or 5.2 liters and produced between 493 and 562 hp – depending on the model.
The Gallardo is a fantastic supercar as it not only looks great but offers raw V10 noise emanating from just behind the occupants. The Gallardo is experiencing a rise in used prices, with good ones costing more than $90,000. Better get one before the prices reach the stratosphere.
2 2012 Porsche 911 Turbo S - $92,000
The current Porsche 911 Turbo S is an absolutely ridiculous vehicle, being able to out-drag and out-pace pretty much any other supercar on sale. This is not only true for the current model, but also the older versions from the early 2010s.
The 991 generation 911 Turbo S featured a twin-turbocharged 3.8-liter flat-6 engine producing 552 hp. It came with all-wheel-drive and rocketed off the line in 2.9 seconds – fast even by today’s standards. Being a Porsche, they are still quite expensive, costing around $90,000.
1 2022 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - $96,888
For ever-so-slightly more money than the base price of the new Dodge Challenger Demon 170, a fully-kitted-out Chevrolet Corvette C8 Stingray is available on the used market. Granted, it isn’t the Z06, but those cars cost well over $200,000 thanks to dealership markups.
The Stingray features a 6.2-liter V8 producing 495 hp and accelerates to 60 mph in just 2.8 seconds – on par with many supercars which cost a lot more. It’s still not quite as fast as the Demon 170, but it looks better and will be more useful in the long run – and probably cheaper to run and maintain as well. Still, the Challenger Demon 170 is an awesome car.