Despair Mortals, Your Time Has Come – Dodge Reveals Challenger Demon
After months of teasers and more than a few leaks, it’s finally here – the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has arrived. Unveiled with the help of Wiz Khalifa and Vin Diesel during a slick, pyrotechnic-filled production the night before the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Dodge claims the Demon is the fastest production muscle car in the world, framing it as the cure for soulless mobile appliances. More importantly, here are the numbers you’ve been begging for.
Output is rated at 840 horsepower at the rear wheels thanks to a 2.7-liter supercharger making 14.5 psi of boost. Acceleration looks like 2.3 seconds in the 60-mph sprint, while 5.1 seconds is needed to hit 100 mph. Launch it right, and you’ll do wheelies on your way to a 9.65-second quarter mile pass at 140 mph. Curb weight is rated at 4,200 pounds, 200 pounds less than the “regular” Challenger Hellcat.
What’s more, Dodge revealed you’ll be able to spec yours to taste, from stripped-down track tool, to something more suitable for the street. For example, the front seat and rear seat are offered for a dollar a piece, while a stereo system is also on the options list.
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Ready your protective talisman – Dodge is preparing to summon the Demon!
This evening, just before the full moon rises, the Demon will appear. Bearing the marks of a hellish beast from the underworld, this four-wheeled monster will bestow incredible power upon those capable of controlling it. But be warned – this is not a vehicle for the timid. Think you’re up to the challenge? Then join us tonight as we watch the debut of this pitchfork-wielding drag strip domination machine.
That’s right – after weeks of teasers and cryptic messages, Dodge will finally reveal the highly anticipated Challenger SRT Demon. Despite the odd official hint and a surplus of rumors, there’s still quite a few questions left unanswered – how much horsepower will it make? How quick will it blitz the sprint to 60 mph and quarter mile run? Does it run on high-octane gasoline, or the souls of power-hungry mortals?
Hopefully we’ll uncover all the details tonight when the Demon makes its official debut. We’ll be covering it as it happens, but click this link at 7:30 PM EST if you wish to watch it all unfold for yourself. In the meantime, check out our review here.
Dodge Challenger Demon Breaks Cover Early!
Arguably the most anticipated new car from the 2017 Auto Show, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is also the most teased vehicle in recent years. Dodge has been launching weekly video teasers and press releases for three months now, and we’ve seen the cars in various "The Fate of the Furious" film content. The almighty Demon is set to debut tomorrow at the Javits Center, but as it usually happens with highly anticipated cars, the beefed-up coupe made it on the web earlier than planned.
Granted, it’s not like we haven’t seen the Demon in unauthorized peeks several times until now, but the photo published by Wheelsage appears to be an official shot of the red-painted car we’ve seen in all official teasers. The coupe has all the extra bits and pieces that Dodge bragged about until now, including the big wheel arches, the revised aero package, the massive hood scoop, and the "Demon" badges on the front fenders. It definitely looks the part with all these add-ons, but at the same time, it’s still easy on the eyes and somewhat subdued. I like that a lot!
Of course, most of the things that make the Demon special hide under the skin and Dodge has yet to say anything about output. Thankfully, we won’t need to wait too much longer for the official data. FCA will roll out all the important information on April 11, alongside a full batch of photos, so make sure you stick around for updates and our comprehensive review. The Challenger SRT Demon will be the quickest and most powerful factory-made muscle car, so there’s plenty of stuff to get excited about!
Dodge Challenger Demon Will Run on Both High-Octane and Premium Fuel
Set to be unveiled on April 11 at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the highly anticipated Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is less than a week away from breaking cover. And, Dodge is making sure the hype is as big as possible with a brand-new teaser video and a final release set for tomorrow. Today’s video is called "Fuel" and focuses on the car’s ground-breaking fuel system.
Essentially the first factory production car able to run on either 100+ high-octane unleaded fuel or the more common 91-octane fuel, the Challenger Demon can be set up for optimum performance on either public roads or the race track at the flick of a switch. Specifically, Dodge created a special powertrain control module calibrated for high-octane fuel and placed a new switch bank on the center stack for easy access. The car leaves the factory with the control module set for premium unleaded pump gasoline, but once at the track, the driver can easily switch to high-octane.
When activated, the controller enables the supercharged Hemi engine "to extract the maximum power from the knock-resistant high-octane fuel by optimizing spark timing," and return "big changes in elapsed time." Dodge says that mixing high-octane and premium unleaded fuels in the tank won’t hurt the Demon’s engine, but it turns out that the high-octane function won’t activate if the combined fuel octane is too low. Drivers will be able to check the octane in the gauge display thanks to a controller that monitors the engine’s knock sensors. On top of the dual fuel pump, the SRT Demon will also feature larger fuel injectors and higher rail pressure.
Needless to say, the Demon is indeed the kind of car you can drive to the drag strip, run the quarter mile, and then return home with minor modifications.
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Uses A/C to Cool Its Massive Engine
The 2017 New York Auto Show is just around the corner and so is the highly anticipated Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the vehicle that may revolutionize the muscle car segment. With the official unveiling less than two weeks away, Dodge launched yet another teaser that showcases an industry-first feature. This time around, the FCA brand brags that the Challenger Demon is the first-ever, factory production car with a liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system.
Dodge says that the exclusive performance feature enables the muscle car to achieve charge air induction temperatures previously unattainable by pressure-charged street-legal production vehicles. While conventional cooling methods use air or coolant to reduce the air induction temperature as it is pushed through the charge air cooler, the Challenger’s air conditioning system is diverted to cool the engine’s charge air cooling system when needed. This happens only when the car is used in Drag mode.
Thanks to this system, the intake air temperature can drop by up to 45 degrees Fahrenheit, which enhances performances at the drag strip. By how much compared to the Hellcat is still a mystery but more data will become available when the Demon breaks cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show next month. Stay tuned for updates!
The Challenger SRT Demon Will Terrorize the Strip Thanks to a Factory TransBrake
Another week has passed, and that means that it’s time to see yet another Dodge Demon teaser video. So far, the videos have shown us where the demon shed some weight, what kind of tires it has, the suspension system, its hardened driveline and launch system that prevents wheel hop, exhaust note, and the performance pages in its 8.4-inch uConnect infotainment system. The wildest thing so far is considered by most to be the way the car literally bends its tires on launch, and we get to see more of that again in this video, right before the car hauls ass down a dragstrip looking and sounding as sexy as it could be.
But, that’s not all that we learned with the release of the 11th teaser video. Dodge has also announced that the Challenger SRT Demon will be the first production car ever to be equipped from the factory with a TransBrake. That’s right, Dodge wasn’t lying when it said the Demon was built for the straight line, and this new little piece of data proves exactly that. Instead of having to use the two-foot method to secure a good launch, the driver will be able to rev the engine up to 2,350 rpm without having to touch the brake pedal. The system makes use of the paddle shifters to engage and release the TransBrake, which is said to result in a 30-percent decrease in reaction time over traditional two-foot launches. The system locks the output shaft of the transmission and is said to increase launch boost pressures by 105 percent and engine launch torque by 120 percent – now those bending tires really make sense, right?
But, that’s not all, as the driveline also features a preload process that guarantees engine torque is applied through the entire driveline – all the way to the rear wheels. According to Dodge, this system allows full engine torque to be applied to the wheels in as little as 150 milliseconds after the paddle shifter (TransBrake) is released. All told, you’ll experience faster acceleration at launch, better 60-foot and quarter-mile times, and 40 percent more torque at launch compared to vehicles that require the two-foot launch method. Doesn’t sound too bad at all, but we’re ready to see the car in the metal. It will officially debut at the New York Auto Show in a couple of weeks, but until then, check out the latest teaser video and let us know what you think so far.
Dodge Challenger Demon Shows Up in "The Fate of the Furious" Music Video
Although it has yet to be officially unveiled, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is already a legend. Not just because it promises to be the most powerful factory-built muscle car yet, but also due to the numerous previews Dodge has released so far, as well as its role in the upcoming "The Fate of the Furious" film. We’ve already seen some of its design cues in the company’s teasers, but the latest music video from the upcoming "Fast and Furious" movie gives us a better look at the Demon.
Made by Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo & Travis Scott, artists of which I don’t much about because I’m not into this type of music, "Go Off" includes quite a few scenes from the movie and plenty of footage with the brand-new Challenger. The car is even performing burnouts and donuts, and even though we’ve seen it burn rubber in Dodge’s very own videos, it’s actually nice to see it in a different location than the drag strip or the dyno.
The music video further confirms the car’s aggressive aero package, from the massive scoop on the engine hood to the extremely wide wheel arches, and the revised rear bumper. The fat wheels also get to show off on film while turning rubber into smoke. Unfortunately, there’s no hints about output and performance, but we should find out more from the upcoming teasers. Meanwhile, hit "play" to watch the Demon in action.
With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show almost over now, it’s time to focus on upcoming events and cars. More specifically, the New York Auto Show is just a few weeks away, and so is the unveiling of the incredible Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Dodge just launched a new teaser for the muscle car.
Called "No Pills," the latest video showcases the Demon’s exhaust note as it prepares to run the quarter-mile. And needless to say, it sounds like there might be something wrong with the supercharged V-8 under the hood. But Dodge is quick to explain that the unique exhaust note is the result of an advanced torque reserve launch system specifically designed for drag racing.
So what’s torque reserve? Glad you asked. According to Dodge, the system lets more air flow through the engine before launch, allowing for increased supercharger rpm without torque overwhelming the brakes and spinning the rear tires. Available when the car is used in Launch Mode only, torque mode kicks in when engine rpm is greater than 1,000.
When that happens, it closes the bypass valve on the supercharger and manages fuel flow to cylinders and changes spark timing. To balance engine rpm and torque, the powertrain controller briefly cuts fuel flow to selected cylinders, which creates the noticeable change in the exhaust tone. With torque reserve managing the engine output, the supercharged engine builds boost pressure before leaving the starting line and reaches maximum boost pressure quicker. This enables the SRT Demon to make better use of its increased contact patch drag radials and get off the line quicker and run the quarter miles faster.
Again, there’s no specific data about how quick the Demon is on the drag strip, but we should find out more closer to the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. Four more teasers will be released over the next four weeks, with the fifth to effectively launch the production model. Stay tuned!
Dodge Drops Ninth Teaser For The Challenger SRT 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.)
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Dodge Challenger Demon Has Industry-First Launch Assist That Prevents Wheel Hop
Dodge has already launched seven teasers for the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon and it has been pretty clear that the muscle car was designed to destroy any competition at the drag strip. Still skeptical about that? Well, it’s time you find out that the Demon is equipped with a range of race-hardened parts and that it has tech that protects the driveline from damage during hard launches. You can also forget about wheel hop, as the car’s Launch Assist system uses the wheel speed sensors to watch for signs that the tires are slipping or sticking.
What this means is that if slip is detected, the SRT Demon’s control module reduces engine torque to maximize traction almost instantly, without the driver having to lift his foot off the throttle. Launch Assist also reduces loads in the driveline from wheel hop by more than 15-20 percent, thus reducing component damage. This is an industry-first feature and should help the Demon deliver impressive quarter-mile runs.
Dodge also upgraded several components in order to improve durability and power delivery. For instance, it upgraded the torque shaft by using high-strength steel and a 20-percent increase in tube thickness and heat treated stub-shafts, which increases torque capacity by 15 percent. A new differential housing made from heat-treated aluminum alloy also enhanced torque capacity by 30 percent. Additionally, upgraded 41-spline half shafts deliver 20 percent increased torque capacity. This was accomplished through the use of increased diameter high-strength low alloy steel and eight-ball joints that improve torque capacity while reducing operating temperatures by more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit.
Drivetrain upgrades aside, Dodge revealed that the driver will be able to use a new four-point harness bar at the track. It’s made by Speedlogix and it can be installed without cutting or drilling anything in the car, as mounting points were made accessible in the back. As a quick reminder, the Demon doesn’t have rear seats.
Stay tuned for another teaser next week and don’t forget to tune in for the full update from the 2017 New York Auto Show in April.
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Gets Drag Mode, Promises to Win Races
Hey folks, another week has passed and it’s time to watch a brand-new teaser for the upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Dubbed "Third Law," the 20-second clip showcases the car’s suspension system and ends with a photo of the Demon doing a massive burnout at the drag strip. You guessed it, this thing is going to post some amazing quarter-mile times and dominate just about any amateur drag race across the U.S.
As it has done in most recent teasers, Dodge compares the Demon to the Hellcat yet again. This time around, the brand argues that while the Hellcat’s supercharged engine produces all the power required to run quicker and faster quarter-mile sprints, the car was tuned for the perfect balance between "drag strip brute force, road course competence and street car civility." By contrast, the Demon was designed to perform best in Drag Mode, which in combination with its all-new suspension system maximizes weight transfer and traction and control for mind-boggling quarter-mile runs.
"The “old school” solution was pretty simple – get the quickest reacting springs up front, the softest rebound front shocks that wouldn’t restrict the springs’ reaction, remove any restrictions (sway bar) and increase the compression of the rear shocks," Dodge explained. "This combination resulted in extremely efficient weight transfer, but provided minimal lateral stability in the event that directional corrections were required. Demon combines the best of both mechanical and electronic tuning to deliver maximum launch force while still maintaining precision directional control."
Dodge also claims that the SRT Demon is the first-ever factory production car with mechanical/electronic drag-race-specific suspension tuning. The system includes 35-percent lower rate front springs, 28-percent lower rate rear springs, 75-percent lower rate hollow front sway bar, 44-percent lower rate rear sway bar, and drag-tuned Bilstein adaptive damping shocks.
Unfortunately, there’s no word as to how quick the Demon will be on the drag strip, but we should find out closer to launch. The Drag Mode is also set to be showcased in the "coming weeks," so make sure you stay tuned for updates.
New Teaser Confirms that the Dodge Challenger Demon Will Have Tremendous Grip
Another week has passed and Dodge has launched a new teaser for the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon. The sixth out of 14 to be released before the muscle car makes it’s debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the new teaser is called "Multiplication" and showcases the car’s tires and torque converter. The actual clip doesn’t provide much information beyond the fact that the Demon can buckle its tires just like a dragster, but luckily Dodge also released a statement with precious bits of information.
For starters, it says that the 315/40R 18 Nitto NT05R street-legal drag radials, which are 12.6 inches wide, were designed and developed specifically for the Challenger SRT Demon using a new compound and unique tire construction. This enables the muscle car to handle higher launch torque loads, which prompted Dodge to give the Demon more torque multiplication. Specifically, the coupe is fitted with a higher stall speed torque converter and 3.09 rear axle gears, which returns significant improvements in various departments compared to the Challenger SRT Hellcat.
For instance, the special tires give the Demon a 15-percent larger tire contact patch and more than twice as much grip. Also, both converter torque multiplication and rear axle torque multiplication increase by about 18 percent. In all, these upgrades enable the Demon to generate more than 35 percent higher launch force than a Challenger Hellcat.
No wonder those tires bend like they’re made of bubble gum...
The next teaser will be launched on February 23, while big unveiling is set to take place in April. Meanwhile, check out the short teaser above and stay tuned for updates.