2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Can it Hellcat
What’s red, powerful, loud, and has more hype than a Nintendo console? Yes, it’s the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Spoiler alert, this isn’t a teaser! If you happen to live in a tree, or on a moon of Jupiter, you may not know what a #omgchallengerhellcatdemonwtfbbq is, so what exactly is it?
The new for 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is what happens when a 707hp Challenger Hellcat isn’t enough. With 840bhp, 770lb.-ft of torque on race fuel, the 6.2 the most powerful V8 in production currently thanks to the new 2.7-liter supercharger pushing 14.5 psi. The Demon will accelerate to 60mph in 2.3 seconds and slay the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140mph right off of the showroom floor. It is the only car in production that will lift the front wheels on a drag launch and pull 1.8g’s of acceleration. Without a certified roll cage, and other safety equipment requirements, the SRT Demon is banned from NHRA competition. Hagerty is the only insurance company thus-far willing to insure the Demon.
If you can’t already tell, this car is meant for copious amounts of forward momentum. The Demon is loaded from nose to tail with any and every drag racing go-fast goodie to ensure this car is one of the, if not the fastest production car in straight-line drag racing. Go-fast things include TransBrake, which locks the output shaft of the transmission before launch. Torque Reserve boosts engine airflow and supercharger RPM before launch. SRT Power Chiller redirects freon to charge incoming air for the supercharger. Dodge even offers a passenger and rear seat delete with the option to purchase the seats back for a single US dollar. Demon also includes narrow front wheels for the drag strip to reduce weight and 18’’x11’’ wheels with 315 section tires for the drive home.
On the subject of wide tires, the Challenger SRT Demon addresses one glaring problem with the SRT Hellcat, Traction. The Demon being a functional factory for global warming, finds grip in all the right places. In order to keep that grip faithful, flared fenders house all of the grip in a warm and safe place while also making the Demon visually distinctive over any plebeian Hellcat. The other striking style distinction of the SRT Demon is the hood scoop that runs the entire width of the grille to make sure all of the atmospheres make it strictly into the intake.
Hype or not, the Demon is a mighty feat for FCA to implement into a single production car with a warranty. It is the kick-ass, no bullshit, name taking drag strip hero that American automotive culture and history needs. And like other Dodge products, they offer a full day session at Bob Bondurant’s School of High Performance Driving, something that keeps Mustang owners at bay and crowds happy. With production limited to a single model year and 3,000 units for the USA, the Demon is one hell of a special edition to finalize the Challenger, pun intended.