Dodge’s unprecedented 13-week long teaser campaign has finally ended when the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon officially debuted at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Right at the start of its record breaking promo campaign, we were able to sense something special was in store and that the length of its promotional run will not be the last record the aptly named Demon is going to break. So, it comes as no surprise that Dodge’s latest offering is so brutal its already being banned from the streets.
Engine and Performance
The new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon might just be the quickest car money can buy. It has one of the most powerful V-8 engines ever made, the 6.2-liter V8 powerplant that is tuned to generate up to 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque when it’s burning 100+ octane fuel, and it goes neck to neck with new Pontiac Trans am Engine . But the party does not stop there. The Demon also pulls 1.8 g in acceleration, runs the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds at 140 mph, it also goes from zero to 30 mph in exactly 1 second, and goes up to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds. And as if the speed wasn’t enough of a record, the Demon pulls a wheelie, lifting the front wheels off the ground for 2.92 feet, which was certified by the Guinness World Records.
The new Demon, like its predecessor, the Hellcat, includes two separate keys. The black one, which gives you just 500 horsepower and the red one that allows you to experience the 808-horsepower performance. But to unlock the Demon’s full potential you will need to throw in 100+ octane gas and buy the various optional features in order to unleash the full 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque.
Dodge engineers managed to increase the supercharger by 2.7-liters compared to the Hellcat. They also expanded the boost by 2.9 psi, which equates to a total of 14.5 psi of boost for the Demon. Moreover, the redline is now 6,500 rpm, while new dual-stage fuel pumps are now here to feed the demon. There are also three new air intake supplies, the main one being the largest hood scoop in the world. Another record for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
With the release of the Demon, Dodge is raising the bar in the muscle car segment and it’s no secret that the Challenger is designed with only one thing in mind: drag racing. Therefore, the Demon comes with street-legal Nitto NT05R 315/40 drag tires, meaning 315s in the back as well as the front, so that you can switch them if need be. The Demon is also well over 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat. That is mostly due to the fact that many features one may find necessary like the front passenger seat, rear seat, and trunk carpeting are left out. And if you want them back, it will cost you just $1. Yes, you read that right, 1$ a piece.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Release Date and Price
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon arrives this fall, but act quick if want one, or have the resources to do so because the Dodge said they will be producing just 3,000 models for the United States and 300 more for Canada.
The pricing is yet to be announced, but we expect the new Demon to go for about $100.000. What we do know for sure is that the new model comes with a factory three-year/36,000 mile vehicle warranty and a five-year/60,000-mile powertrain warranty, which is generous to say the least.
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