Dodge Challenger Demon Sports a Cryptic License Plate, but What Does it Mean?
There are some good ideas floating around, but nobody really knows for sureby Robert Moore, on
Dodge is on a mission to tease us to death with a new teaser of the Challenger SRT Demon every week until it makes its debut. But, it also includes cryptic messages with the teasers to hint at different things. This time around, we find out that the Demon will roll on standard drag radials right from the factory. The tires were designed specifically for the Demon by Nitto using “a new compound and specific tire construction” and are 315/40-series NT05R rubbers. They even have a little demon logo on the sidewall and wrap around 18x11-inch rims on each corner. But, back to the cryptic message at hand, it is a string of numbers on the Demon’s Michigan license plate that reads #2576@35. But the question is what exactly does it mean?
The most dominating theory portrayed by the trolls that haunt comment threads everywhere is that it represents 2,576 horsepower at 3,500 rpm. And, of course, the other outlandish theory is that it stands for 2,576 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm – both are figures that are absolutely ridiculous if you look at it logically. Other theories that are floating around point to the fact that it could be a hint toward the supercharger, which would be a 2,576 cc (2.6-liter) unit that runs at 35 psi. Some have said that if you add a 1 to the front of each numbers, you’ll get 12.576@135 or 12.576 seconds at 135 mph, but that’s slower than the standard Hellcat, so that’s not likely to be correct either. Then, you’ve got the guys over at Jalopnik that think it might be a hint toward the car’s expected MSRP: $2,576 for 35 months would equal $90,160, a figure that wouldn’t be all that surprising considering the SRT Hellcat starts out at $64,195.
Car & Driver thinks the plate represents the total amount of torque sent to all four wheels simultaneously. That not only indicates that it would be all-wheel drive (which would also explain the massively wide front wheels) but actually makes a lot of sense. The Rear-wheel-drive SRT Hellcat makes 4,010 pound-feet at each driven wheel, and 2,576 pound-feet at all four wheels would compute to just over 800 pound-feet at the crank if it does have all-wheel drive.
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Here at TopSpeed, we haven’t been able to come to a conclusion that we all agree with, but I for one think that the Demon will be, or will at least be offered with, all-wheel drive. So, I tend to side with C&D, as 800 to 830 pound-feet would be a fairly sizable increase over the standard Hellcat, but isn’t necessarily unobtainable either. But, considering the biggest thing of this teaser was the revealing of those special tires, I’m thinking that maybe 2576 represents the contact area of all four tires when running 35 psi. Then again, we know that the wider tires and fender flares add 3.5 inches to the width of the Challenger, so maybe 35 as something to do with that. Hopefully, Dodge will fill us all in eventually, but until then, what do you think? Post your theories in the comments section below.
Challenger SRT Hellcat Specifications
|Type and Description||Supercharged 6.2L HEMI® V-8, 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 valves, 16 valves with hollow-stem, sodium filled exhaust valves, 16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips|
|Fuel Injection||Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless|
|Construction||Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, unique aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers|
|Max. Engine Speed||TBD|
|Fuel Requirement||Premium 91 octane (R+M)/2 — recommended|
|Oil Capacity||7.5 qu. (7.1-liters)|
|Factory Oil Fill||0W-40 Pennzoil Ultra™ synthetic|
|Coolant Capacity||14 qt. (13.25 liter)|
|Intercooler System||Separate low-temp cooling system with dual water-to-air intercoolers and a high-flow variable-speed electric water pump|
|Exhaust Type||Dual 2.75-in straight-though exhaust system with twin Electronic Exhaust Valves (EEV) with rectangular Black Vapor-chromed tips|
|Transmission||Six-speed manual Tremec TR-6060 with ZF-SACHS 258 MM Twin-disc Clutch or TorqueFlight Eight-speed auto|
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
Read our full review on the upcoming 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon here.