Dodge has been torturing us with a steady flow of teasers for their new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon for months now, and there are still a couple of months to go until its eventual debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show. But, thanks to some sly spy photographers, we don’t have to wait that long to get the first preview of the Demon since a camouflage-free, wide-body model was just captured testing.
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So, what did we learn from the spy shots? Firstly, all but one of the test mules seem to have the Pirelli P Zero All-season Plus tires instead of the 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials that were features in one of the earlier teasers. However, considering that it is still winter, Nitto drag radials probably weren’t the best choice. We can also see that this model is outfitted with two-piece Brembo brakes, that look a lot like the ones offered with the Hellcat.
Other notable features included with these test mules are the bolt-on fender flares and a bare Air Grabber hood. What is curious about the hood is the fact that these spy shot models clearly have hood pins, which the Dodge Demon from the teaser photographs released on the Dodge website does not have. However, they could be introduced with the Mopar models that will become available later on. Moreover, a couple of the test models feature stickers advertising aftermarket performance brands that may only be a gimmick.
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The Fast and The Furious Connection
These Demon test models from the spy shots look pretty much the same as the ones featured in the new Fast and Furious 8 trailer that came out earlier this month. There was also a full video where Vin Diesel thanks the crew after wrapping on the Fast 8, and a model with the same Demon badge, wide-body kit, and large hood scoop is right behind him. That leads us to believe that the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will have a role in the latest installment of the Fast and the Furious franchise.
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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Release Date and Price
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, April 12th, where we will get the official look at this new model. You will probably be able to get your hand on one of these by the end of the year, beginning of 2018 at the latest. The new Demon is expected to start at slightly above the Hellcats $64.000 price tag, but we will hopefully get the official pricing info in April.