Your best bet now is the used car market, but you’ll still have to spend six digits to buy one

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has gone back to hell with no signs of ever returning. That’s the word coming out of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles head of passenger cars Tim Kuniskis, who unequivocally said Dodge has no plans of exceeding the 3,300-unit cap it placed on the Challenger Demon. There are no plans to bring it back. Not today. Not tomorrow. So, you’re out of luck if you’re hoping to see Dodge produce more Challenger SRT Demons. Then again, there’s always the second hand market, though if you take this route, you need to prepare to shell out at least $100,000. That’s the going rate for used Challenger SRT Demons these days. Is it a steep price to pay for the most powerful production Challenger of all time? Perhaps it depends on how bad you want one.

When Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT Demon in 2017, it did so with the caveat that the Demon would be produced in very limited numbers. Dodge announced that only 3,300 units would be made, and while the significance of the number 3,300 remains unclear, it’s become a moot point already. Once Dodge finishes building all 3,300 units, it would stop production of the Challenger SRT Demon. In the immortal words of Porky Pig, That’s all, folks!.

Then something funny, if not completely expected, happened.

When production of the Challenger SRT Demon ended, the demand for the muscle car remained strong, enough, presumably, to sustain another 3,300 units, maybe even more.

But there was only one problem. Dodge has no plans to build more Challenger SRT Demons, even if the demand for it continues to trend north.

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It’s not that Dodge doesn’t want to build it; give company execs some truth serum and they’ll probably say that they’d like to build more given how much of a cash cow it became for the automaker. The decision to keep the Demon in its cage has more to do with keeping the mystique and the sense of exclusivity attached to the 3,300 units that are scattered all over the world. Coming from someone who collects designer toys as a hobby, the moment a limited serialized item gets reproduced, the value of the original “first edition” pieces drops. That’s just how it goes. It doesn’t matter if it’s toys, basketball cards, or cars. More supply equates to less exclusive appeal.

That’s why the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is staying retired. FCA’s head of passenger cars, Tim Kuniskis, alluded to that, too, when he told Muscle Cars & Trucks about the possibility of building more Demon’s in the future. The man shot those possibilities down without hesitation. “The Demon isn’t coming back,” he said. “You know what would happen, if those 3,300 people who paid a lot of money for a serialized car, do you know what they would do to me if we brought it back?”

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It’s not just his own health that he’s worried about. It’s also about keeping the Challenger SRT Demon’s status as a modern-day Dodge unicorn.

That’s arguably the most important attribute of the Challenger SRT Demon. Put the power and performance numbers on the side for a second. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is so in demand because not everyone who wanted one got the chance to actually buy one. That’s why prices for used models still command six-figure amounts. You can go to some of the most reputable used car websites on the Internet and you’ll see a lot of second-hand Challenger SRT Demons on the market, priced anywhere from $100,000 to $150,000 depending on the condition of the model. The prices second-hand models go for are right around the same prices that brand-new Challenger SRT Demons sold for in the last two years. Yep, the SRT Demon was, and remains, immune from the trend of depreciation of car values the moment these cars leave the dealership.

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And people keep hoping, asking, and wishing for Dodge to build more Challenger SRT Demons? What for?

The good news is that even if you struck out on buying a brand-new model, there are enough models in the used car market that’s waiting to be scooped up by interested buyers.

These buyers would have to pay more than they probably want, but that’s the price that needs to be paid, literally and figuratively, to secure a unit of the Challenger SRT Demon.

If you want one bad enough, I’d say go ahead and take that leap. It’s unlikely that prices of the Challenger SRT Demon will go down anytime soon, and by the time that they do — that’s not even a foregone conclusion — most of the models that will be available have more than likely gone through the wringer already. Pay the premium now and enjoy the car while it still has fresh legs.

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Remember, the Challenger SRT Demon isn’t just a fancy name on a fancy muscle car. It’s also powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces a whopping 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful factory-built eight-cylinder engine in the auto industry. It’s also tricked out with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends all that power to the two rear wheels, enabling the Demon to unleash holy hell with a sprint-to-60-mph time of just 2.3 seconds to go with a quarter-mile blitzkrieg of just 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. That’s the kind of car you’re getting, folks. There’s a reason the Challenger SRT Demon was actually banned from drag strips by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). It’s that fast.

It’s hard to think of another $100,000-or-so purchase that’s more worth it than a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, even if it comes from the used-car market. As much as I want to see Dodge re-start production of the muscle car, it’s not going to happen. I’ve come to terms with it, and so should all of you.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon drivetrain specifications
Availability Standard on Challenger SRT Demon
Type and Description 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement 370 cu. in. (6,166
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
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

Further Reading

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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Dodge Challenger.

Source: Muscle Cars and Trucks

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