Dodge isn’t taking any chances, as well it should

Suppose you already have a reservation for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and you’re just waiting for that precious call from your local Dodge dealer. It’s hard not to get excited about getting your hands on one of the most anticipated muscle cars to be released in recent history. Exciting times, isn’t it? Well, before you get a little too excited about the possibilities, Dodge is dousing that excitement with a three-page Demon Disclosure Form that you’ll have to abide by before you can bring your Challenger Demons home.

The document, acquired by Jalopnik, is essentially a “terms and conditions” waiver that Dodge wants every Challenger Demon buyer to sign, effectively waiving their rights to sue in the event they don’t follow any of the conditions laid out by the automaker. Among the important points that Dodge indicated in the form pertains to passenger seats. Specifically, the form says that “if the vehicle is not factory equipped with a passenger seat, customer shall never attempt to install a passenger seat because the passenger will not be properly protected." Another important reminder included in the form is a warning for owners never to use “any “Track-Use” features, functions, equipment or parts on public roads or any other prohibited area.”There are a lot more conditions laid out in the form, and almost all of which were put in to lay out the simple fact that the Challenger SRT is effectively a street-legal drag car and owners should use it with utmost care and caution.

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Smart on Dodge to free of itself of potential liabilities

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Dodge definitely accomplished its goal of generating hype for the muscle car

The urge will be there the moment somebody gets behind the wheel of a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Dodge definitely accomplished its goal of generating hype for the muscle car because a lot of people seem to be tripping over themselves to score a reservation. But, part of being able to own one is having the responsibility of making sure that the car is used properly.

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The three-page Demon Disclosure Form is Dodge’s way of letting prospective owners of the Challenger Demon know of their responsibilities. In addition to the rules on the passenger seat and the use of the “Track-Use” features, Dodge is also emphasizing that if the factory-installed passenger and/or rear seats are removed, “no person shall ride in those seats” and if they still intend to do it, the customer “acknowledges that in the case of a collision or other accident, people riding in those areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed."

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Customer shall have full responsibility and shall assume all risks related to the use of the features and application in the vehicle

Another important condition that simplifies the company’s conditions for owning the Challenger SRT Demon: “Customer shall have full responsibility and shall assume all risks related to the use of the features and application in the vehicle and shall only use the features and application when it is safe to do so. Failure to do so may result in an accident involving serious injury or death."

While it may seem like Dodge is putting too many conditions on the proper use of the car, it’s important for the company to do so because of what the muscle car is capable of and the potential risks that come with it in the event it’s not used properly. It’s a smart move because the responsibility falls squarely on the shoulders of the owner and he won’t be able to go after Dodge in the event something happens to him or his car.

Dodge Demon Drivetrain Specifications

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
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
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
Availability Standard
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)
Torque converter 151k
0 to 60 mph 2.3 seconds
Quarter mile 9.65 seconds @ 140 mph

Read our full review on the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon here.

Source: Jalopnik

"Customer shall have full responsibility and shall assume all risks related to the use of the features and application in the vehicle and shall only use the features and application when it is safe to do so. Failure to do so may result in an accident involving serious injury or death."

"Customer shall read and fully understand the vehicle’s Owner’s Manual, User Guide, 2018 Demon Supplement and 2018 Demon Tips Card in their entirety prior to operating the vehicle."

"If factory installed passenger and/or rear seats of the vehicle are or have been removed, no person or person shall ride in those areas. If factory installed passenger and/or rear seats of the vehicle are removed, customer acknowledges that in the case of a collision or other accident, people riding in those areas are more likely to be seriously injured or killed."

"If the vehicle is not factory equipped with a passenger seat, customer shall never attempt to install a passenger seat because the passenger will not be properly protected."

"Customer shall never use any “Track-Use” features, functions, equipment or parts on public roads or any other prohibited area. The intended use of “Track-Use” features, functions, equipment or parts is for race vehicles on race tracks."

"The vehicle’s Nitto NT05R drag radial tires (the “Drag Tires”) meet United States Department of Transportation requirements, but they are not intended for highway use, as the expected miles of wear from the racing compound is greatly reduced."

"The Drag Tires are not recommended for driving in wet weather conditions where there is a risk of hydroplaning."

"Customer shall not move the vehicle in temperatures below 15 degrees F with Drag Tires. In temperatures below 15 degrees F, the Drag Tires can lose flexibility and that may lead to cracking and other tire damage."

"Customer shall always inspect the Drag Tires for signs of cracking and damage before use."

"Customer understands that vehicles in the following colors: B5 Blue, Indigo Blue, Plum Crazy, and F8 Green will not be available until Q1 of 2018 (at the earliest)."

"Customer shall not tighten the lug nuts fully until the vehicle has been lowered to the ground (e.g., from a jack or hydraulic lift). Note that lug nuts should be fully tightened prior to operating the vehicle. Please refer to the vehicle’s Owners Manual, User Guide, 2018 Demon Supplement and 2018 Demon Tips Card in their entirety."

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