Because a 1525-hp twin-turbo, all-wheel-drive Dodge Charger is just what the world needs, and we spotted it at SEMA.

CarAndDriver, By Maxwell B. Mortimer

©  CarAndDriver | Demon-Powered Dodge Charger Is SpeedKore's Most Devilish Creation Yet.

SpeedKore Performance Group started with a 2019 Dodge Charger Pursuit police cruiser; then they added a widebody kit and much, much more.

This SEMA special has a modified Dodge Demon engine that swaps the supercharger for a pair of turbos, yielding 1525 horsepower.

It also gets the (appropriately named) Hellraiser performance transmission and many other goodies that make it a SEMA must-see.

A collaborative effort between Speedkore Performance Group and Magnaflow has brought us one of the most insane Dodge Chargers to date. Starting with the 2019 Dodge Charger Pursuit as the baseline, Speedkore—with the help of Dodge—procured a Charger Hellcat Widebody in order to perform the detailed 3D scans needed to produce the molds for the carbon-fiber widebody kit. In addition to these, the Speedkore Charger has a host of other carbon-fiber bits, including both front and rear bumper, rockers, hood, rear spoiler, and rear diffuser.

The most impressive part of this wide-hipped wonder is what lies beneath the bonnet. The engine powering the SpeedKore Charger is a modified Demon engine that swaps its supercharger for a large custom intake plenum to withstand the 26 pounds of boost that will be force-fed from two Precision 6466 ball-bearing billet turbochargers housed just behind the front bumper. The exhaust setup found on this brute is unique: there is a three-inch Magnaflow competition series exhaust routed out the back for—ahem—leisurely driving that is more on the civil-sounding side, and a fender-exit wastegate dump and exhaust for track use. This is made possible using a custom valve system that allows the exhaust to quickly change from track mode or “normal” mode.

In a car that makes 1525 horsepower, one may wonder how it's able to maintain traction and turn all of its power into forwarding motion. The answer is simple: an all-wheel drive. Making this feat possible requires immensely stout drivetrain components like the Hellraiser performance transmission, a custom billet transfer case by Traction Products, an FTI torque converter, and a carbon-fiber driveshaft from the Driveshaft Shop. Mickey Thompson ET Street tires also help to give the SpeedKore its initial bite when launching.

Seeing such an interesting and exciting effort from SpeedKore to bring this all-wheel-drive beast to life leaves us to wonder why FCA never made an attempt itself.

This article was originally published in CarAndDriver.
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