Time for Dodge’s weekly dose of Demon

Dodge has launched yet another teaser video ahead of the 2018 SRT Demon’s launch at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Like the other teaser videos before it, this one gives little detail but entices with exhaust noises, supercharger while, and tire smoke. What details are given are clearly gifts from Dodge’s marketing department. Today they’re milking this debut is a drastic understatement. Nevertheless, there are a few cleverly-planted hints, including the horsepower rating.

Watching the video above, you’ll see the Challenger’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen and its SRT Performance Pages. Like the current SRT-branded Dodge vehicles, these pages include auxiliary gauges, G-meter, and powertrain setup options that include suspension, transmission, and engine tuning. However, the Demon’s Performance Pages are clearly different.

Not only are they updated, but also contain a new data recorder feature. Look closely enough and you’ll spot some other nuggets of information. Check out the clock – 757. Seems awful conspicuous, especially when the new Dyno chart page shows a peak horsepower of roughly 757. The torque curve is just beneath, perhaps around 750 pound-feet. While that’s below the rumored 800 horsepower, the dyno chart doesn’t even show 800 horsepower on the graph. Interesting. (Or Dodge is playing us.)

For the rest of Dodge’s tease, keep reading.

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Near the video’s end, quick flashes of screen shots show details of performance times. Perhaps these are Dodge’s best average times on the track? Maybe Here’s what the charts read:

  • 0-60 mph – 3.0 seconds
  • 0-100 mph – 6.08 seconds
  • 1/8-mile – 6.6 seconds @ 125 mph
  • 1/4-mile – 10.5 seconds @ 129 mph
  • Brake distance from 128 mph – 220 feet

The pages also confirm Dodge’s press materials accompanying this week’s video. Shown are multiple settings for various aspects of the car. The suspension and steering each have three levels of “feel and response” when in Auto (Street) mode. A Drag Mode menu offers speed and firmness settings for the eight-speed automatic transmission, traction control on/off, and yet more levels of feel and response from the suspension and steering. Spotted also is a line-lock feature for warming up those fat Nitto drag radial tires. Dodge says the driver can customize the launch control system by rpm, as well as adding a shift light for each gear, set to the driver’s preferred shift point.

Auxiliary gauges include engine oil pressure and temperature, coolant temperature, transmission fluid temperature, intake air temperature, air-fuel ratio, intercooler coolant temperature, boost pressure, and battery voltage. These metrics can also be viewed in real-time as graphs – all of which can be recorded by the new data recorder system.

Last but certainly not least – Dodge confirmed the Demon will have the first-ever factory-installed After-Run Chiller, which keeps the electric cooling fan running and the intercooler pump flowing after the engine is turned off. Once cool, the system turns itself off.

Needless to day, Dodge has built the SRT Demon to be a drag strip monster. If the performance figures spied in the video hold true, Dodge will be debuting a true 10-second car at the New York Auto Show come April.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the upcoming 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon here.

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Press Release

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon arms the driver with real-time information, as demonstrated in the newest teaser video, “Performance Pages,” unlocked on March 9.

The SRT Performance Pages are a key part of the driver-oriented Uconnect system and its 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center of the instrument panel.

Dodge Drops Ninth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon High Resolution Interior
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Unique capabilities of the Performance Pages for the Challenger SRT Demon include:

Real-time graphic display of engine horsepower and torque with gear changes plotted
The power levels can be data recorded to track performance gains from changes, such as use of the Direct Connection Performance Parts
Real-time display of the supercharger intercooler coolant temperature
The Challenger SRT Demon sports the first-ever factory production car After-Run Chiller, which keeps the cooling fan and intercooler pump running after engine shutdown until a targeted temperature is reached
Driver-selectable line-lock, rpm-adjustable launch control and by-individual-gear-adjustable shift light in the instrument cluster
Timers for reaction time; 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, eighth-mile and quarter-mile elapsed time and vehicle speed
Display of instantaneous and peak lateral and longitudinal g-forces
Gauge read-outs for engine oil pressure and temperature, coolant temperature, transmission fluid temperature, intake air temperature, air-fuel ratio, intercooler coolant temperature, boost pressure and battery voltage
Gauge read-outs can be displayed as real time graphs with data record functionality

With the new data recorder feature, Challenger SRT Demon drivers can build an archive of data to help optimize the car for track and weather conditions, as well as improving driving techniques.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s Performance Pages also allow drivers to select between three different Drive Modes: Auto (Street), Drag and Custom.

Auto (Street) Mode options:

Multiple levels of engine performance
Three levels of suspension “feel and response”
Three levels of steering “feel and response”

Drag Mode options:

Multiple levels of engine performance
One level of transmission shifting “speed and firmness”
One level of traction control
One level of suspension “feel and response”
One level of steering “feel and response”

Custom Mode options:

Nearly every combination of options available in Auto (Street) or Drag can be configured in the Custom Drive Mode
As an example, a Challenger SRT Demon driver could select the elements of Drag Mode related to engine and transmission performance, but could select Sport Mode for the suspension and steering, providing the on-road driving dynamics of a Challenger SRT Hellcat

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