Bank Your Soul, Dodge Prices Challenger SRT Demon At $84,995
The option list is filled with $1 extrasby Jonathan Lopez, on
In case you missed our in-depth coverage of the Dodge Demon debut last month, here are the highlights: highest horsepower production V-8 ever, first production car capable of doing wheelies, fastest production car in the quarter mile (9.65 seconds at 140 mph), fastest production car 0-to-60 mph time (2.3 seconds), and highest g-force acceleration for a production car (1.8 g). Not too shabby, eh? If that list of achievements sounds like the sorta thing you want in your garage, now’s your chance, as Dodge has officially announced an MSRP for the Demon. Pricing starts at $84,995, which includes a $1,700 gas guzzler tax, but excludes a $1,095 destination charge. Compare that to the “standard” Hellcat’s MSRP of $64,195, and you’re looking at an extra $20,000 to get your hands on a Demon.
“Eighty-five thousand dollars is not just a number in a business case to Dodge,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars at Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA North America. “We know it’s a lot of money and a significant up-charge over a Challenger Hellcat. We worked very hard to build as much value into the Challenger SRT Demon as possible – features, performance and exclusivity that simply can’t be duplicated with a goal of maintaining, and possibly even growing, as much future value as possible.” Fair enough. But beyond the insane power and impressive performance, what do you get for the money? Read on for the details.
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Eighty-five grand ain’t chump change, that’s for sure, but the Demon makes a compelling case, especially if you’re an enthusiast. Standard features include a thumping supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 under the hood, producing 808 horses and 717 pound-feet of torque at the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. There’s also standard drag racing gear like a transbrake, line lock, Brembo brakes, 3.09 rear axle, adaptive suspension, drag radial cheater slicks, and the largest functional hood scoop ever added to a production car. Finally, if you get tired of hearing that V-8 rumble, there’s a two-speaker stereo system as well.
|ENGINE||SUPERCHARGED 6.2-LITER HEMI DEMON V-8|
|Availability||Standard on Challenger SRT Demon|
|Type and Description||90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled|
|Displacement||370 cu. in. (6,166 cu.cm)|
|Bore x Stroke||4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)|
|Valve System||Pushrod-operated overhead valve, 16 valves with sodium-filled exhausts and hollow stem intakes, 16 hydraulic roller lifters|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless|
|Construction||Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers|
|Power (estimated SAE net)||840 HP @ 6,300 RPM (Direct Connection Performance Engine Controller and high-octane unleaded fuel) |
808 HP @ 6,300 RPM
|Torque (estimated SAE net)||770 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM (Direct Connection Performance Engine Controller and high-octane unleaded fuel) |
717 LB-FT @ 4,500 RPM
|Max. Engine Speed||6,500 RPM|
|TRANSMISSION||TORQUEFLITE 8HP90 EIGHT-SPEED AUTOMATIC|
|Description||Adaptive electronic control with full manual control via gear selector or paddle shifters, with three SRT-unique selectable modes: Street, Sport and Drag (features TransBrake™, rev-matching, performance shifting and gear holding feature)|
|0 to 60 mph||2.3 seconds|
|Quarter mile||9.65 seconds @ 140 mph|
Buyers also get 15 exterior colors to choose from, some with late availability. These include B5 Blue, Billet Silver, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, Indigo Blue, Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, Redline, TorRed, White Knuckle, and Yellow Jacket.
All customers also get a voucher for one full-day session at the Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving. The school is located outside of Phoenix, Arizona, and provides drills in accident avoidance and skid control, a stint on the autocross course, and a lead-follow session on the racetrack, plus a few hot laps.
Finally, every Demon gets a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and five-year/60,000-mile limited powertrain coverage.
The Options And Extras
Personalization is important on enthusiast models, and the Demon doesn’t fall short in this category. Kicking it off is a list of $1 extras, which includes:
| A personalized Demon Crate that tosses in all the equipment you need to get the full 840 horses and 770 pound-feet of torque from the V-8, such as a powertrain control module for high-octane race fuel calibration, and a conical air filter. The crate also adds skinny front wheels, a passenger mirror block-off plate, and a full set of track tools (hydraulic hack, cordless impact wrench, tire pressure gauge, etc.) |
| Front passenger seat (the Demon is a single-seater without this option) |
| Rear seat (leather or cloth upholstery) |
| Trunk carpet kit
Pricier options include the Leather Front Seat Group, which adds hide upholstery, heating and ventilation, and a heated steering wheel for $1,595. Or there’s the Comfort Audio Group, which adds an 18-speaker Harman Kardon Audio system with two subs and 900-watt amp, new floor mats, and new pedals, all for $995. Finally, there’s the Black Satin Hood finish for $1,995, and a sunroof for a whopping $4,995.
I Want One! When Can I Get A Demon Of My Own?
The Demon will have limited production with just a single model-year. Only 3,000 units are slated for the U.S. market, while 300 units are headed to Canada. Production ramps up later this summer in Brampton, Ontario, with deliveries scheduled for the fall.
Read the full review of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon here.