Ralph Gilles Is Selling His Dodge Demon to Make Room for a New "Equally Devilish" Car - What Could It Be?
We’re not opposed to any of this. Bring on those teasers!by Kirby Garlitos, on
FCA design boss Ralph Gilles is selling his barely driven 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, except that’s not what everyone’s talking about. Included in the listing, which Gilles curiously posted on Instagram, was a little tease of what potentially lies ahead.
To be more specific, Gilles alluded to making room for “another equally devilish project…” as a reason for selling the Challenger SRT Demon. Naturally, Gilles’ comments have instigated an uproar on what he actually means by them. Is Dodge preparing a successor to the Challenger SRT Demon? Or does FCA have something more sinister in the pipeline? Given the sales success the Challenger has had in recent years, all of these scenarios are on the table.
Signs point to a muscle car
Dodge — and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, for that matter — has a habit of teasing us to death when in comes to its hotter products. We were subjected to it during the long-drawn-out arrival of the Challenger SRT Demon, but at the end of the day, all the teasing, waiting, and speculating turned out about as well as every single one of us could’ve hoped for.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a monster. It didn’t last long in the market — it had a one-year production run — but the Challenger SRT Demon secured its legacy as one of the most iconic muscle cars of all time.
The fact that FCA design boss Ralph Giles took the opportunity to drop a little tease nugget in a sales listing for his Challenger SRT Demon means that the muscle car’s shadow looms large over this new model. I don’t think it’s going to be your typical Challenger special edition akin to what we’ve seen from Dodge this year. I’ve nothing against all the special edition Challengers — the Challenger Scat Pack Stars & Stripes Edition, the Challenger 50th Anniversary Edition, the Challenger 10 Year Commemoration, and the Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320, among others — that were unveiled this year, but there’s something about Giles’ comment that suggests that what FCA is planning is in the vein of the Challenger SRT Demon. After all, Gilles wouldn’t use the word “devilish” and not allude to the demented SRT Demon. There’s a reason why he wrote those words in the listing for his Challenger SRT Demon.
At the very least, he wants us to connect the dots. For our sake, let’s hope more of these dots appear soon so we can work on actually connecting them.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon set a high bar
If there’s any lining of hope that we can hold on to, it’s that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon changed the rules on what’s possible with a muscle car.
Not only did Dodge promise to blow the roof with the muscle car, it more than lived up to that promise by unveiling the Challenger SRT Demon with a 6.2-liter V-8 engine that was also equipped with a 2.7-liter supercharger. The setup produced 808 horsepower with 91 octane gasoline and a staggering 840 horsepower with 100 octane fuel or higher. The powertrain also produced 770 pound-feet of torque 100 octane fuel, and when you combine that with the drag strip-focused setup of the muscle car and it relatively svelte weight — it only weighed 1,930 kilos (4,254 pounds) — it’s no wonder that the Challenger SRT Demon could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds and 0 to 100 mph in only 5.1 seconds.
|ENGINE||SUPERCHARGED 6.2-LITER HEMI DEMON V-8|
|Displacement||370 cu. in. (6,166 cu.cm)|
|Bore x Stroke||4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)|
|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|
|0 to 60 mph||2.3 seconds|
|Quarter mile||9.65 seconds @ 140 mph|
At the time of its unveiling, the Challenger SRT Demon held the distinction of being the fastest non-electric production car to reach 60 mph from an idle position.
More than its power and performance credentials, the Challenger SRT Demon was also capable of generating up to 1.8 Gs of force during launch, making it the hardest-launching production car in the world.
With everything that’s been said and written about the Challenger SRT Demon, you can excuse everyone for going bonkers when Giles commented that “another equally devilish project” is in the works.
Gilles’ 2018 Challenger SRT Demon is as appealing as it gets
In the event that you’re not patient enough to see this new teasing game through, you can just forego finding out what his new “devilish” muscle car is going to be and simply buy Gilles’ 2018 Challenger SRT Demon. It costs $139,995, and while that sounds expensive, it’s actually not if you take into account the provenance behind this specific model.
See, this isn’t just a “typical” Octane Red Pearlcoat Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. This isn’t just Ralph Gilles’ Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, either.
This specific Challenger SRT Demon carries the #0004 serial number, making it one of the earliest production-built examples of the iconic muscle car. The fact that it’s owned by Gilles himself adds another layer of appeal to its story. More than any of that, this particular SRT Demon only has 1,032 miles in its odometer. It’s barely been driven, especially for a car that’s technically two years old.
You’re already getting good value for this Challenger SRT Demon based on its lineage and condition. Plus, we haven’t even gotten to all the options and packages it’s equipped with:
- Black, Demon Performance Cloth Seats
- Cloth Front Passenger Seat
- Cloth Seat Comfort Audio Group
- Demon Vehicle Storage Package
- MOPAR Battery Manager
- Demon Car Cover
- 18 Speakers Premium Audio System
- Bright Pedals
- Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert
- Harman Kardon GreenEdge Amp
- Front Floor Mats
Mind you, you’re getting all of that for just $139,995. Ralph Gilles’ barely-driven 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon doesn’t sound too expensive now, does it?
Source: PMC Detroit