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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
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  • Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
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    2018
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  • Engine:
    V8
  • Transmission:
    eight-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    808 @ 6300
  • Torque @ RPM:
    717 @ 4500
  • Displacement:
    6.2 L
  • 0-60 time:
    2.3 sec.
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The quickest and most powerful factory-built muscle car ever!

Introduced in 2008, when Dodge basically revived the nameplate after a 25-year hiatus, the fourth-generation Challenger is the oldest muscle car available in U.S. showrooms and one of the longest running models as of 2017. Using underpinnings that date back to the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger managed to survive all these years against the more modern Mustang and Camaro, redesigned in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But, even though the Challenger is dated compared to its rivals, it can be had with some of the most powerful drivetrains in its segment, which is why it’s still popular with pony car fans. Having launched the 707-horsepower Hellcat in 2015, Dodge took things to a new level with the Challenger SRT Demon.

Described as a vehicle that will shake "the foundation of the entire performance car industry," the Challenger SRT Demon is indeed an unprecedented creation in the market. Not only incredibly powerful, it’s also fully equipped to race at the drag strip and comes with numerous industry-first features. While the Hellcat was often described as ludicrous, the Demon is downright insane and the stats suggest it’s quicker than just about any supercar out there! “With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts, said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at FCA North America. “To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before, go beyond even the legendary Hellcat.”

Updated 09/01/2017: Dodge released a series of new images for the 2018 Demon and we have to admit, this new Granite exterior paint makes it look even better!

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Sorry Folks, No Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Coming for 2019

Sorry Folks, No Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Coming for 2019

Might as well start making other plans now

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon may be called as such, but you might as well throw “unicorn” in its name because contrary to prevalent rumors surfacing these days, Dodge has no plans to follow up the 2018 Demon with a 2019 version. Don’t even bother wishing upon any stars or hoping for leprechauns at the end of the rainbow; it’s not happening. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a one-year model. No more, no less.

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Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We're Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Ring in 2018 Already: 10 Models We’re Dying To See When The Calendar Flips A Page

Are you ready to ring in the new year with a car purchase or two?

With just a little over two months left before we say adieu to 2017, the wait for all 2018 model releases is hitting fever pitch. We can’t promise to make time move faster than it does, but what we can do is at least prepare everyone for what’s to come when the new year arrives. That said, let me be the first to say that 2018 is going to be a wild year for the auto industry, as old guards are retired, existing nameplates get their redesigns, and most importantly, all-new models are unleashed into the world.

Who knows, 2018 might even be the year when we take a big leap in electric and autonomous technology. A lot of things are at play when the new year rolls around so to keep the anticipation building, do check out this list of some of the hottest and most highly anticipated models to hit the streets next year. We can’t say that we like one of these models better over the other, but at least we’re giving you a good preview of what’s to come. Prepare those checkbooks, ladies and gentlemen, because some of these cars won’t come cheap.

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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

The quickest and most powerful factory-built muscle car ever!

Introduced in 2008, when Dodge basically revived the nameplate after a 25-year hiatus, the fourth-generation Challenger is the oldest muscle car available in U.S. showrooms and one of the longest running models as of 2017. Using underpinnings that date back to the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger managed to survive all these years against the more modern Mustang and Camaro, redesigned in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But, even though the Challenger is dated compared to its rivals, it can be had with some of the most powerful drivetrains in its segment, which is why it’s still popular with pony car fans. Having launched the 707-horsepower Hellcat in 2015, Dodge took things to a new level with the Challenger SRT Demon.

Described as a vehicle that will shake "the foundation of the entire performance car industry," the Challenger SRT Demon is indeed an unprecedented creation in the market. Not only incredibly powerful, it’s also fully equipped to race at the drag strip and comes with numerous industry-first features. While the Hellcat was often described as ludicrous, the Demon is downright insane and the stats suggest it’s quicker than just about any supercar out there! “With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts, said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at FCA North America. “To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before, go beyond even the legendary Hellcat.”

Updated 09/01/2017: Dodge released a series of new images for the 2018 Demon and we have to admit, this new Granite exterior paint makes it look even better!

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Pennzoil's "Exorcising the Demon" Video Puts the Dodge Challenger Demon In Its Element: Video

Pennzoil’s "Exorcising the Demon" Video Puts the Dodge Challenger Demon In Its Element: Video

Prowling the urban city at night has made the Demon look cooler

There are some things the Dodge Challenger Demon is good at. Then there are things that the Dodge Challenger Demon is great at. Considering that it has 840 horsepower at its disposal, you’d think that it’d be the perfect car to do burnouts and go drifting in. Oil company Pennzoil seems to think so, too, and was actually front and center in unleashing the Demon’s drifting abilities in a video called “Exorcising the Demon.”

Clever titles aside, the video is as good as it gets in terms of showcasing the Challenger Demon’s capabilities. Sure, we know it to be a juggernaut of acceleration and a monster on the drag strip. But what happens when you put it in an urban setting like a night in Pittsburgh, ask rallycross star Rhys Millen to drive it, and let it run loose? You get what can best be described as a two-and-a-half-minute highlight reel of the Challenger Demon doing anything from burnouts to donuts and everything else in between. Throw in some special effects to highlight the muscle car’s earthquake-inducing, torque-tactic acceleration and you have as good a promotional video for the Challenger Demon as anything Dodge has released before it.

The treatment of the video is exceptional in it of itself. The cinematography captures the grittiness of the Steel City, serving as the perfect backdrop for a car like the Challenger Demon to run roughshod over. And like any video these days that’s worth its salt, the ending of “Exorcising the Demon” essentially serves as a teaser for what’s to come next. I’m not going to spoil the surprise at the end because it’s definitely worth waiting for.

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Pops' Rants: The Lexus LFA Is Overrated and Why the Challenger Angel Ain't Gonna Happen

Pops’ Rants: The Lexus LFA Is Overrated and Why the Challenger Angel Ain’t Gonna Happen

Boom!

The Dodge Challenger Demon is a fine piece of machinery, and I can definitely understand all the hype around it. Despite the fact that it doesn’t have a much-needed manual transmission. What I don’t get is this new hype around the fact that Chrysler trademarked the Angel name and that most car enthusiasts already see it as some sort of anti-Demon version of the Challenger. Come on man, what’s this, finger-painting class? I’ve been in the business long enough to know that the Chrysler Angel could very well mean squat. Nothing, nada, zero, just a name on a piece of paper at a trademark agency.

But this isn’t the only thing that grinds my gears this week. Everyone seems to have gone berserk over the fact that some 12 units of the Lexus LFA, which was discontinued in 2012, are still available at dealerships in the U.S. Hey, that’s pretty spectacular, because we’re talking about a supercar that hasn’t been built for five years, not to mention that production was limited to only 500 examples, but I still don’t understand why this LFA thing is such a big deal. But more on this below.

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Predicting FCA's Plans For its Recent "Angel" Trademark

Predicting FCA’s Plans For its Recent "Angel" Trademark

We have ideas, some more serious than others

Proving yet again that the auto world can be a place rich in irony, Fiat Chrysler Automobile has filed a trademark for the name “Angel,” which the automaker plans to use on a “passenger vehicle” of some sort. Color me amused because, at the very least, FCA is turning its troll game up to a new level; the “Angel” name runs diametrically opposed to the identity of the automaker’s latest muscle car masterpiece, the Dodge Challenger Demon. So what gives here? What’s FCA up to exactly?

Unfortunately, your guess is as good as ours at this point because FCA didn’t exactly divulge details on what it has planned for the “Angel” name. All we know at this point, thanks to our friends over at Fiat Chrysler Authority, is that the name could be used on “trims and badges” of any future model. The fact that the trademark was only filed on July 17 means that this is a new deal for FCA. It’s got plans for the name at some point in the future. How it plans to use it, or if it does at all, is the question that all of us need some answers to sooner or later. You’ve got our attention, FCA. That much I’m sure of. Now, how about giving us some hints because, at this point, all we have are predictions on what you have planned for the “Angel” name.

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Hennessey Drops Huge Assist For Dodge Challenger Demon Owners

Hennessey Drops Huge Assist For Dodge Challenger Demon Owners

NHRA has stricter rules in place for the 700-horsepower muscle car

The Dodge Challenger Demon is quick. Apparently, it’s so quick that the National Hot Rod Association actually banned it because it’s capable of hitting the quarter mile in just 9.65 seconds, well below the 9.99-second threshold that the association allows without serious safety modifications. It’s a disappointing handcuff for Challenger Demon owners, but fortunately, John Hennessey has saved the day by telling Fiat Chrysler that Hennessey’s home track, Lonestar Motorsports Park, would accommodate the Challenger Demon without any restrictions to the car.

Hennessey made his offer clear to FCA’s head of passenger cars, Tim Kuniskis, in a letter addressing the issue with the NHRA. In the letter, Hennessey said that the Lonestar track would allow owners of the Challenger Demon to “run their vehicles down the quarter-mile drag strip without a roll cage and/or parachute. All Hennessey requires is that owners attend a one-day drag racing school to become familiar with car itself and the layout of the track. The noted tuner and car manufacturer’s offer is a lot more lenient than the NHRA, which requires owners of the 700-horsepower muscle car to equip their cars with safety equipment on top of getting an actual competition license before they can bring their Demons to any one of its quarter-mile drag strips.

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Make Sure You Abide By Dodge's Rules Before You Buy A Challenger SRT Demon

Make Sure You Abide By Dodge’s Rules Before You Buy A Challenger SRT Demon

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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TopSpeed's Top 5 Street Cars With Ridiculous Spec Sheets

TopSpeed’s Top 5 Street Cars With Ridiculous Spec Sheets

The numbers don’t lie

We’re not sure if you’ve noticed, but things have been getting a little out of hand lately. In the never-ending quest to one-up the competition, automakers have unleashed some truly astounding machines upon the world, each packed to the brim with jaw-dropping stats. The numbers these things bring to the table are simply ridiculous – outrageous power, mind-warping speed, and otherworldly performance potential. Any one of these rides will permanently alter your perception of what it means to go fast, even if all you do is digest the numbers. As such, we’ve listed here our top five favorite street cars with simply ridiculous spec sheets.

Obviously, super cars make up the majority of the entries, but we’ve also got the king of the muscle cars and even an all-electric icon on the list as well. Each entry is fully capable of melting face in its own special way, and each serves as a reminder that we are indeed living in a special time. Enthusiasts, say hello to the ultimate bench racers, the four-wheeled monsters bringing the hottest of the heat. Which would you have? Let us know in the comments section below, or post up your pick for the car with the most ridiculous spec sheet.

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Dodge Helps Prevent Dealer Mark-Ups on Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge Helps Prevent Dealer Mark-Ups on Challenger SRT Demon

Priority goes to dealerships willing to sell the muscle car at or below the MSRP

As Honda deals with the growing discontent among its consumer base on the aggressive mark-ups dealerships are putting on the Honda Civic Type R, Dodge is determined not to irate its consumers by instituting a unique dealership ordering process for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The process itself was designed to prevent the experience prospective Civic Type R customers are going through as they see the prices of the hot hatch skyrocket to almost double Honda’s own asking price.

A big part of Dodge’s allocation plan for the Challenger Demon is to place priority on dealerships willing to sell at or below the automaker’s suggested retail price. Specifically, these dealerships stand to get priority scheduling and receive lower serial-numbered cars as opposed to those who are putting mark-ups on the price of the highly sought-after muscle car. On top of that, dealerships who have sold more than one SRT Hellcat in the last 12 months are the only ones who are eligible to receive a Challenger Demon. And to make it in even more difficult for these dealers, those who meet the previous requirement will be allocated a certain number of models depending on how their sales performance for the Charger, Challenger, and SRT Hellcats are. As for those dealerships planning to sell the SRT Demon above the automaker’s MSRP, they’ll get theirs “after priority production is completed.”

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Full Powertrain Spec Sheet For Challenger SRT Demon Revealed, We Compare It To The Hellcat

Full Powertrain Spec Sheet For Challenger SRT Demon Revealed, We Compare It To The Hellcat

Pinning a few numbers to the new drag race king

When Dodge pulled the sheets on the utterly insane Challenger SRT Demon back in April at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, months of speculation finally collided with reality, and the result was one of the most badass factory drag racers ever unleashed. The headline specs on the Demon beg belief, with nearly 850 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear axle thanks to a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. Stuffing the engine is a 2.7-liter supercharger producing 14.5 psi of boost, which prompts at 2.3-second sprint in the 60-mph benchmark. Keep your foot down, and you’ll see the quarter mile blitzed in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. Insanity. Now, Dodge has a full rundown on hard numbers to document that craziness with the release of the Demon’s powertrain spec sheet.

You can check out the attached press release for all the nitty gritty details, but in the meantime, here are a few highlights. For starters, Dodge says the V-8 engine manages to swallow as much as 173 cubic feet of air during a full-throttle quarter-mile run, which is roughly the same volume as the lung capacity of 816 humans. During a hard launch, the Nitto cheater slicks produce upwards of 1.8 g’s of forward acceleration, enough to lift the nose of the car off the ground for a fronts-up wheelie off the line. There’s plenty of other details as well, so read on if you wanna get nerdy with it as we compare it the “standard” Hellcat.

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Dodge Challenger Demon Is Already Making Its Way Onto Ebay

Dodge Challenger Demon Is Already Making Its Way Onto Ebay

Today’s "it" muscle car isn’t scheduled to be delivered to its owners until the fall of this year

If you’re sweating on the possibility of missing out on the Dodge Challenger Demon because of its limited availability — only 3,300 units will be made in the first production run — you can save yourselves the trouble by taking up the offer of a well-rated eBay seller. Of course, doing so does come with a bagful of caveats, chief among them is the guy’s asking price of $250,000 and the fact that paying that much money for a car that you can probably still get if you did all the legwork has “don’t do it!” written all over it.

That said, props to the seller too for his enterprising way of making money. He still doesn’t technically have the Challenger Demon he’s selling because deliveries for the car aren’t expected until the fall of this year. He admits as much as too, saying that whoever takes him up on his $250,000 asking price can have options included if he “purchases before the order date.” Otherwise, the buyer will have to settle for a Demon with the options that the seller choices. So it’s up to any of you if you want to take up this offer. Dodge hasn’t said if the $85,000 Challenger Demon is sold out, but with interest in the muscle car going through the roof, it’s only a matter of time before all 3,300 units are accounted for. When that happens, you might have no other choice but to take this more expensive route.

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Bank Your Soul, Dodge Prices Challenger SRT Demon At $84,995

Bank Your Soul, Dodge Prices Challenger SRT Demon At $84,995

The option list is filled with $1 extras

In case you missed our in-depth coverage of the Dodge Demon debut last month, here are the highlights: highest horsepower production V-8 ever, first production car capable of doing wheelies, fastest production car in the quarter mile (9.65 seconds at 140 mph), fastest production car 0-to-60 mph time (2.3 seconds), and highest g-force acceleration for a production car (1.8 g). Not too shabby, eh? If that list of achievements sounds like the sorta thing you want in your garage, now’s your chance, as Dodge has officially announced an MSRP for the Demon. Pricing starts at $84,995, which includes a $1,700 gas guzzler tax, but excludes a $1,095 destination charge. Compare that to the “standard” Hellcat’s MSRP of $64,195, and you’re looking at an extra $20,000 to get your hands on a Demon.

“Eighty-five thousand dollars is not just a number in a business case to Dodge,” said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars at Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and Fiat, FCA North America. “We know it’s a lot of money and a significant up-charge over a Challenger Hellcat. We worked very hard to build as much value into the Challenger SRT Demon as possible – features, performance and exclusivity that simply can’t be duplicated with a goal of maintaining, and possibly even growing, as much future value as possible.” Fair enough. But beyond the insane power and impressive performance, what do you get for the money? Read on for the details.

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Will Dodge Offer a Demon Wide Body Kit Option for All Challenger Trims?

Will Dodge Offer a Demon Wide Body Kit Option for All Challenger Trims?

We’ve got a few theories – what do you think?

In case you’ve got the memory of a goldfish, I just want to remind you how the lead-up and eventual debut of the Dodge Hellcat Demon completely enthralled the automotive enthusiast community. And rightfully so – because after all, more than 800 horsepower, a 0-to-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds, and a 9.6 quarter mile time at 140 mph are the kind of specs usually reserved for baseless forum post gloating, not highly accountable factory-fresh production vehicles. Nevertheless, the Demon is now very much a thing, which makes this recently spied Hellcat variant a bit of a mystery. You see, it appears as though it’s rocking a widebody kit similar to the Demon, but with Hellcat details, such as a hood and badging from the bad cat, leading to rampant speculation as to what FCA is up to.

As you might expect, there are more than a few theories floating around. It could be little more than a new styling option, or it could be an entirely new model. At this point, it’s hard to say with any certainty, but that’s what makes speculation so fun, right?

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Asking The Internet To Buy You A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon May Not Be The Best Of Ideas

Asking The Internet To Buy You A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon May Not Be The Best Of Ideas

This ambitious man is finding that out the hard way

Remember when our parents used to tell us that the best way to get something is to just ask for it? Well, IndieGoGo user Jan Tobias Lombard seems to have taken that advice to heart because he’s doing just that by creating an online campaign asking people to help him secure enough money to buy a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. What’s more, Lombard is throwing some interesting goodies to go with his brazen and ambitious request.

For instance, anyone who contributes at least $325 to his fund will not only get the opportunity to drag race his Challenger SRT Demon, but they also stand to receive a numbered case with a USB drive that contains a video of their quarter-mile race against the new muscle car. A certificate is being thrown in too for good measure, as if the whole notion of the request isn’t ridiculous enough already. As for those who contribute less than $325, they also stand to receive some knick knacks, including a keychain, hat, tumbler, t-shirts, and hoodie.

Lombard’s goal is to raise a total of $1,072,500 to buy the Challenger SRT Demon, a sum total that’s as insane as the whole undertaking is considering that Dodge’s new headlining muscle car isn’t expected to cost significantly more than $100,000. Should he raise the funds to actually buy a Challenger SRT Demon (very unlikely considering the tepid response to it) Lombard is also promising a spate of races against other performance cars in the market today.

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Should the Dodge Demon be Banned From Public Roads?

Should the Dodge Demon be Banned From Public Roads?

At least one person over at Automotive News seems to think so

The Dodge Demon has the performance credentials to give any self-respecting man with a need for speed a sizable stiffy, but should a line be drawn that prevents cars above a certain level of performance to be registered for on-road use? One of Dodge’s big selling points – outside of 808 ponies, 717 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.3-second sprint to 60 mph – is that the Demon can be tracked in the morning and then driven home that night because it meets all U.S. safety standards for a road-going vehicle. In other words, you don’t need a trailer queen to dominate the track. For most of us, that’s a favorable idea, but at least one bozo over at Automotive News (who has, of course, remained anonymous) has the bright idea that the Demon should be banned from public roads.

That’s right; we’re Americans – we live in the land of the free and the home of the brave. Unless, someone has an unfavorable opinion about something, and then that thing should be banned. It’s an on-going fight that has put things like guns, trans fats, McDonald’s happy meal toys, and even bottled water, among a long list of other liberal-hated items, in the cross-hairs for potential banning in this country of ours that is “free.” So, what is the argument Mr. or Ms. Annonymous over at Automotive News has against the Dodge Demon? It is apparently “inherently dangerous to the common safety of motorists as a road-worthy automobile” due to its “barely legal slick tires” and “monstrous acceleration.” He (or she, to be fair) says the car is a “sequence of misguided corporate choices that places bragging rights ahead of public safety.”

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When An 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is A Letdown, Hennessey Is Here To The Rescue

When An 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is A Letdown, Hennessey Is Here To The Rescue

American tuner is going to build a program for the Challenger Demon and we’re already peeing our pants

The massive hype and anticipation surrounding the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon reached a crescendo when the muscle car was officially unveiled at the 2017 New York Auto Show. For all intents and purposes, the Challenger SRT Demon lived up to the hype, that is if you thought its 840-horsepower met expectations. But some people, myself included, actually thought Dodge would’ve swung for the fences with a car that packed 1,000 horsepower. In that regard, the Demon was a bit of a letdown, that is until we heard news that American tuner extraordinaire Hennessey is making things right with a package for the muscle car that will turn the beast into the demonic 1,500-horsepower monster we thought it would be.

See, news of Hennessey’s intentions for the Demon shouldn’t come as a surprise to those who know what the tuner is capable of. This is, after all, the same company that makes a routine of developing massive aftermarket kits for America’s biggest and baddest muscle cars. It’s got kits for different iterations of the Dodge Charger, Ford Mustang, and Chevrolet Camaro, all of which peak at four-digit power outputs. It even has programs for models like the Chevrolet Corvette and the Ford F-150, and lest we forget, this is the same company that gave the world the Hennessey Venom GT, considered as the fastest production car in the world as long as you’re not talking to Bugatti.

So what sinister intentions does Hennessey have in store for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? A quick peek at the company’s website reveals a number of tuning programs for the muscle car that include power increases ranging from 1,000 horsepower to 1,500 horsepower. Other upgrades in store from the clinically insane tuner include new supercharger systems, new headers, parachutes(!), and an NHRA-legal roll cage for good measure.

Should Hennessey accomplish its intended goal for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it’s going to go a long way in firmly establishing the muscle car as the standard-bearer of its segment. Not that it is already, but c’mon, 1,500 horsepower is 1,500 horsepower.

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This is Why The Dodge Demon Comes with Two Spare Tires

This is Why The Dodge Demon Comes with Two Spare Tires

Donut spares prepped for double blowout after massive burnout

Dodge ain’t kidding about the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon’s ability to shred tires. Just check out those skinny temporary spare tires strapped in the trunk. The car even comes with its own hydraulic jack, for cryin’ out loud! Dodge must expect Demon owners to totally thrash those specialty Nitto cheater slicks to the point of destruction. But seriously, how thoughtful is that? Dodge doesn’t want Demons leaving the drag strip on rollback wreckers. That would kill Dodge’s image faster than United Airlines’ recent Battle Royale. Look even closer, and you’ll see an air compressor. Obviously, that’s to ensure these skinnies are perfectly inflated before heading home. Right?

Well, not exactly.

We’re well past April Fools Day, so we’ll drop the gag. No, these skinny tires aren’t compact spare tires. But you knew that. You’re a TopSpeed reader, making you smarter than the average bear. You know well and good these tires are for cutting weight. Dodge hasn’t announced the exact weight savings, but the pizza cutters certainly weigh much less than the 315/40R18 DOT-approved slicks.

But there’s more positives than just added lightness.

By swapping the 315-series front tires with the skinnies, which are technically called “front runners,” racers instantly gain another pair of slicks for the rear. That should help keep Demons racing while Nitto inevitably rushes to fill a backlog of Demon-branded slicks from ambitious owners. As for the jack, yeah, the Demon comes ready for a trackside tire swap. The air compressor will come in handy for adjusting tire pressures during the pre-check, too, should they be without a better source of compressed air.

And the results that quantify the front runners? These figures are probably ingrained into your subconscious by now, but the Demon hits 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds generating 1.8 G of force while carrying those tires above the ground for 2.92 feet on its way through the quarter-mile in just 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. It’s the quickest and most powerful production car ever.

If you didn’t already know that, check out TopSpeed’s full run-down on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon here.

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Maybe You Won't Have to Sell Your Soul to Afford the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Maybe You Won’t Have to Sell Your Soul to Afford the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

There are no official details as of yet, but there’s a rough idea floating around

Dodge drove us crazy and practically milked the debut of the Dodge Challenger Demon to death through a long series of teaser videos that spanned across the first three months of the year. Then, the day of reckoning was upon us, and the fastest production muscle car ever was finally revealed. Packing a 6.2-liter V-8 with a 2.7-liter supercharger that makes 14.5 psi of boost, a factory transmission brake, a stripped down interior, and a thirst for high-octane fuel, the Demon promises to be the Dodge that we’ll be talking about through the turn of the decade. Hell, it can hit 60 mph in 2.3 seconds and 100 mph in 5.1 seconds. A quarter mile comes in at 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – not bad for a car that weighs 4,200 pounds, right? After all, it can beat a $1.4 million Ferrari. But, it does raise one serious questions: Just how much will pure evil cost you?

There’s no official word as of yet, but Road & Track caught up with Dodge boss, Tim Kuniskis, at the New York Auto Show and got him to give us a little hint. Again, it isn’t much to go by, but according to Kuniskis, it will be priced above the Hellcat (obviously) but “it’s gonna be well below six figures.” That’s a pretty big deal considering many were expecting a price tag somewhere around $100,000.

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Maximum Evil – What Is The Dodge Demon's Top Speed?

Maximum Evil – What Is The Dodge Demon’s Top Speed?

We’re going beyond the 1320 to find out

Unless you’ve been hiding under a proverbial rock for the last few weeks, you’re most likely familiar with the specs for the newly released Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Just in case, here’s a quick refresher – 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 running on 100-octane race fuel. 0-to-60 mph in 2.3 seconds. 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat. 9.65 seconds at 140 mph in the quarter mile. 3-foot wheelies off the line. Dodge is quite clear on the matter – the Demon was built to do one job very, very well – traverse the quarter-mile run as quickly as possible while maintaining some semblance of street legality. At this point, it’s obvious this beast-mobile is quick, but there’s one tidbit of info Dodge has conveniently left out of the conversation thus far – how fast is it? To find out, we pulled out our calculator and did a little thought experiment.

Speculating on the top speed of a car like the Demon is actually a pretty complicated proposition, but if you’re looking for a quick and easy answer, here it is – 168 mph. That’s the maximum-rated velocity for the Demon’s Nitto NT05R drag radials, which means that’s pretty much the car’s top speed if you don’t swap out the rubber.

But let’s presume you did change the tires – given ideal conditions and a long enough track, how fast could the really Demon go? Read on to find out.

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Play by Play: Watch the Dodge Demon's Debut in all its Glory

Play by Play: Watch the Dodge Demon’s Debut in all its Glory

Figures, facts, famous people, and an on-stage drag race!!

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a secret no more. Surely by this time you’ve read the stats and seen the incredible wheelie this drag-pack special does when launching hard off the line. If not, check out our full review here. We’re here to talk about Dodge’s big reveal – the big party that went down Tuesday night, just hours before the kickoff of the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

It started off at 8:00 p.m. with a tedious countdown. Mopar fans, along with Chevy and Ford folks, watched in anticipation for the Demon. THREE… TWO… ONE… the timer runs out and TV personality Chris Jacobs introduces Dodge’s huge display, along with the crowd of people live streaming the event from around the world. The pleasantries move along when NHRA Top Fuel Dragster Leah Pritchett joins Jacobs to banter about the Demon. Turns out, she’s not just some spokeswoman or pretty face, rather she actually helped test the Demon during its development. How cool is that?

Craig Jackson, namesake of the Barrett-Jackson car auctions, then speculates on how much the first production Challenger Demon might sell for. “It’s hard to say, but based on what the Hellcat did at $825,000, it’ll be a lot.” Jackson isn’t kidding. The Demon might indeed break auction records when it goes under the hammer sometime this fall.

Then things start rolling with a big, yellow Viper. Yeah, it’s not the Demon, but you won’t want to miss the big, smoky, tire-shredding video but out by Dodge and Pennzoil. You won’t even care it’s a marketing stunt.

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Here's Why the Challenger Demon Isn't as Great as it Could Be

Here’s Why the Challenger Demon Isn’t as Great as it Could Be

You kinda blew it, Dodge!

So the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is all official now and everyone is drooling over the spec sheet. I can’t blame you for doing that. The Demon is an incredible machine and pretty much gives both Ford and Chevrolet the finger, but there’s a bit of problem. Once you’re done with the champagne over the juicy 840-horsepower rating and the ridiculous 0-to-60 and quarter-mile times, go check the transmission section. See? There’s no manual. Now why would you build the ultimate road-legal dragster and sell it with an automatic transmission only?

Why???

Okay, I get that the eight-speed auto makes the damn thing go faster and inexperienced drivers may do some damage to the drivetrain with a manual, but at least give enthusiasts an option. Let’s face it, many Demon customers will probably buy it so they can finally have that road-legal Drag Pak they’ve been dreaming about. Not giving them the option for a stick and a clutch pedal is like selling burgers without the meat. Sure, they could be really tasty and have the most exclusive ketchup in the world, but they still lack the essential ingredient in a burger: the juicy meat!

The Demon is a throwback to the 1960s, the golden era of factory-made drag cars. That’s when GM, Ford, and Chrysler rolled out NHRA-spec hot rods on a regular basis and output was just as insane. But unlike 50 years ago, Dodge offers a unique vehicle that won’t get a proper competitor from Ford or Chevy anytime soon, which makes it plain silly not to offer a manual option alongside the automatic. Cars like the Demon are meant to be driven fast and hard, with a stick. Just like Bill "Grumpy" Jenkins used to do back in the day.

Now watch the video and tell me you don’t want to abuse a stick shift in a Demon!

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Despair Mortals, Your Time Has Come – Dodge Reveals Challenger Demon

Despair Mortals, Your Time Has Come – Dodge Reveals Challenger Demon

Dodge claims it’s the fastest production car in the world

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.

Looking for more info? Continue reading for all the good stuff.

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Leaked! Could The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Really Make Four-Figure Power?

Leaked! Could The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Really Make Four-Figure Power?

We’re close to learning the truth, but it looks like the cat is already out of the bag…

Dodge is gearing up for a full reveal of the hotly anticipated Challenger SRT Demon this evening, but it looks like one of the biggest question marks just got spoiled a few hours before the big debut. According to a rash of leaks on social media, the Demon will produce upwards of 1,023 horsepower in its most potent drive configuration.

According to a variety of sources, including Instagram account @thedarkestride, the Demon will come with three separate power modes, each offering progressively greater levels of output. Mode 1 will be good for 757 horses, Mode 2 will be good for 815 horses, and the top Mode 3 will make that jaw-dropping 1,023-horse figure already mentioned.

The leaks go on to specify that Mode 3 requires a tank filled with fuel with at least a 100-octane rating, a new Power Control Module (PCM) tuned for the ultra-high-test juice (a $3,000 option), and the appropriate “Drag Mode” setting selected in the cockpit.

Whether or not the leaks are accurate remains to be seen, but either way, the Demon should manage to post numbers above and beyond those of the already insane 707-horsepower Challenger Hellcat.

We’re very excited to see what happens this evening when Dodge SRT spills the beans with the official debut. For now, read on for a little last-minute speculation.

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Ready your protective talisman – Dodge is preparing to summon the Demon!

Ready your protective talisman – Dodge is preparing to summon the Demon!

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Set To Debut At 7:30 PM EST!

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.

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Dodge Challenger Demon Breaks Cover Early!

Dodge Challenger Demon Breaks Cover Early!

Here’s how the world’s most powerful factory muscle car looks like!

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!

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Judgement Day: One Last Demon Teaser to Hold You Over

Judgement Day: One Last Demon Teaser to Hold You Over

Nothing new to report, but why not watch one last 30-second video?

Within the next couple of days Dodge’s Demon campaign will finally come to an end and what could be to coolest, production drag car ever built will finally be exposed. We know it’s lighter, sheds some amenities, uses the A/C to cool the engine, and can switch from premium to high-octane fuel with the press of a switch. It’s so torquey that it will fold a pair of drag tires will probably be a force to be reckoned with when it finally gets to the drag strip.

But, don’t get it twisted. I doubt this thing is going to be a 9-second monster. See, at the very end of this last teaser video, we see a slip printing out just before the video cuts out. Dodge made it a point to blur it out so that it’s not exactly legible, but it sure looks like a double-digit time to me. Maybe not, but I’m guessing we’ll see this thing run 10.5s out of the gate. Not bad, but we’ll just have to wait and see for sure. It sure does sound mean, though. All of the teasers have been a bit annoying, to be honest, but Dodge does have my attention.

The thing is, though, Hennessey just announced the Exorcist which is a Camaro ZL1 that’s massaged to deliver 1,000 horsepower at 966 pound-feet of torque. That’s more than the Demon is expected to deliver while Hennessey testing promises a 60-mph sprint in less than 3 seconds and a quarter-mile spring in less than 10. So, It might not be straight from the factory, but I have a feeling it just might outshine the demon. Of course, it will be more expensive too, coming at around $116,000 but it’s completely road legal. For now, I’m just ready to see full specs for the Demon, but I can’t wait to see who wins the battle between good and evil when the Exorcist and Demon go head to head on the strip.

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Dodge To Offer Challenger Demon With Faster All-Electric Option

Dodge To Offer Challenger Demon With Faster All-Electric Option

Say goodbye to V-8 roar, say hello to battery-powered buzz

With the seemingly endless parade of teaser videos and pictures that Dodge is churning out to whet our appetites for the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon, there’s certainly been no shortage of speculation as to what will be offered under the hood. Most folks believe this drag monster will come equipped with the same blown 6.2-liter V-8 as the Challenger Hellcat, albeit with a bit more output than the 707 horsepower provided by the bad cat. However, no one expected this – electric motors and a battery pack.

The startling revelation comes courtesy of insider sources citing an internal memo between Dodge and SRT that looks to “explore alternative power sources” in the ongoing quest for ever-faster performance machines. One company official, who asked to remain anonymous, said the Tesla Model S was considered a serious threat to the Demon’s intended domination at the drag strip, and as such, Dodge would offer an even-faster Demon EV to counter.

While electric performance enthusiasts are thrilled at the prospect, traditionalists are appalled. “I want my car to sound like it’s a volcano erupting, with explosions and fire – not an overactive blender,” said one elderly racer upon hearing the news.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Uses A/C to Cool Its Massive Engine

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Uses A/C to Cool Its Massive Engine

It’s the first-ever production model to do so!

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!

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The Challenger SRT Demon Will Terrorize the Strip Thanks to a Factory TransBrake

The Challenger SRT Demon Will Terrorize the Strip Thanks to a Factory TransBrake

It looks like the Demon is going to be a serious weapon on the dragstrip

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.

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Dodge Challenger Demon Shows Up in "The Fate of the Furious" Music Video

Dodge Challenger Demon Shows Up in "The Fate of the Furious" Music Video

See the Demon flex its muscles before its official debut

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.

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Dodge Challenger Demon Uses "Torque Reserve" to Run Quicker Quarter Miles

Dodge Challenger Demon Uses "Torque Reserve" to Run Quicker Quarter Miles

Sounds nasty too!

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!

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Dodge Drops Ninth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge Drops Ninth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon

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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Dodge Challenger Demon Has Industry-First Launch Assist That Prevents Wheel Hop

Dodge Challenger Demon Has Industry-First Launch Assist That Prevents Wheel Hop

Brutal launches for everyone!

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.

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Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Gets Drag Mode, Promises to Win Races

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Gets Drag Mode, Promises to Win Races

... and do massive burnouts, of course!

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.

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New Teaser Confirms that the Dodge Challenger Demon Will Have Tremendous Grip

New Teaser Confirms that the Dodge Challenger Demon Will Have Tremendous Grip

New torque converter and rear axle gears will provide 35 percent higher launch force than Hellcat.

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.

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Hear the Challenger SRT Demon Roar in Dodge's Latest Teaser Video

Hear the Challenger SRT Demon Roar in Dodge’s Latest Teaser Video

New video showcases "Air Grabber" cooling system

Dodge has just released the fifth video teaser of the Challenger SRT Demon, revealing more details about the upcoming muscle car. Along with the clip, Dodge also unleashed four new high-resolution photos. Both the video (called "Forced Induction") and the pictures highlight the coupe’s supercharger and "Air Grabber" system.

There aren’t any significant hints about engine data or the size of the new supercharged, but the soundtrack includes the roar of the 6.2-liter V-8 when idling and under full throttle. And needless to say, it sounds amazing.

Other than that, the video shows air entering through the two intakes flanking the headlights and the massive scoop atop the hood, which includes the "Air Grabber," described as the largest functional cold air intake ever installed on a production car. The system drops the air temperature by more than 30 degrees compared the Hellcat.

The Challenger SRT Demon is set to break cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. Until then, Dodge is set to release nine more videos. The next one will hit the Interwebz next Thursday (February 20). Stick around for updates.

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Does the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Have 900 HP?

Does the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Have 900 HP?

Now that’s what I call an unholy rating!

Although we have yet to see the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in the flesh, we already know many things about it. For starters, we know that it will be one heck of a muscle car. We know it will be the most powerful, factory-built muscle car, as well as the quickest from 0 to 60 mph. We also know it will be RWD and that it will have a few unique features inside and out. It’s also safe to assume that it will be powered by the same supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Hellcat. However, there’s no word as to how much horsepower it will have. This mystery was seemingly solved today by a picture posted on Instagram.

The photo in question was posted by Ryan Nagode, an FCA designer, and shows the refreshed UConnect screen on the center stack. On closer inspection, the display also includes a dyno graph showing a peak horsepower rating of around 900 horsepower. Likewise, the torque graph in the same image suggests a rating of around 850 pound-feet.

That’s almost 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet more than the Challenger SRT Hellcat and a whole lot of oomph for a factory muscle car! Not only does it render most aftermarket packages obsolete, but it makes the Demon almost as powerful as supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. Insane!

Now before you go crazy and start yelling "hell, yeah!" in your living room, I need to point out that Nagode said the image is for "rendering purposes only" and, more importantly, the dashboard section seen in the picture is actually from a Durango SUV. This could mean that Dodge is just trying to build more hype around the Demon and the dyno graph is just a clever way to attract attention. It could also be true, a scenario I’d very much prefer, but we won’t know for sure until Dodge spills the beans.

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Dodge Drops Fourth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge Drops Fourth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon

Is Dodge overhyping the Challenger SRT Demon?

Dodge is really trying to boast its upcoming Challenger SRT Demon with a new video every week that comes complete with at least one cryptic message. The problem is that there are quite a few negative comments floating around now that we know a little more about the Demon. First off, the front passenger and rear seats will be deleted as will things like the trunk lining and most of the speakers. But, what’s really triggering negativity is how Dodge is going about some of its weight reduction processes. It’s replacing the solid sway bars with smaller, hollow units, and it’s using a smaller brake setup as opposed to going with carbon or ceramic units. Be that as it may, Dodge still thinks the Demon is going to be a big hit, and the fourth teaser video shows us a crate that will come with the Demon that is loaded with a number of Demon-branded tools and other paraphernalia that is said to help make the car flexible so that it can perform on the street or on the track.

According to Dodge, the crate comes with direct connection Demon performance parts, Demon-branded track tools, matching Demon spare wheels, and a Demon track pack system. There’s no word on exactly what tools are included, but the video showcases a torque wrench, battery-powered impact, and a floor jack. At the very end of the video, we see one end of a five-point harness sticking out of the box, so it’s safe to assume that’s part of the track pack system. It’s a pretty cool idea, and would certainly look nice sitting in my garage, but it also seems like Dodge is taking a play out of BMW’s playbook and trying to scrape together some extra cheddar from fanboys that are willing to pay extra for something a little different. After all, the Challenger itself is a decade old at this point and is long overdue for a redesign.

On a side note, I want to point out that the press release that accompanies the video also includes a shot of the personalized plate that will be riveted to each Demon crate. But, this plate is hiding another one of Dodge’s cryptic messages. The name shouldn’t come as a surprise to some, but for those of you who don’t know, Tom Coddington has a long history with Dodge and is credited for helping to make it the brand it is today. As for the numbers, the serial number of 0757 could point to the horsepower output of the Demon, which would put it at exactly 50 ponies higher than its Hellcat sibling. As for the Vin, on the other hand, it could be a release date (Nov 21, 2017) while some say that it points to the car having 1,121 pound-feet of torque. The latter seems a little outrageous, but these days anything is possible.

With that said, go ahead and click play on the video, then let us know what you think about all of this in the comments section below.

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Thinking of Buying a Challenger SRT Demon? You'll Have to Pay More for Less Car

Thinking of Buying a Challenger SRT Demon? You’ll Have to Pay More for Less Car

It’s set to be a straight-line car, so AWD its out of the question as is hauling any passengers

We’ve known that the Challenger SRT Demon was going to shed some weight, but up until now, we weren’t really sure how much or how that weight would come off. But, word from Motor Authority, who is citing “Dodge Officials,” is that it will actually shed 232 pounds. It won’t happen by the usual weight-reduction techniques were accustomed to like the introduction of carbon fiber body components or lighter materials throughout. Instead, Dodge decided to go with the old-fashioned method of removing things piece by piece, and that means you’re going to be missing out a few amenities and will be forced to ride solo.

See, the Demon will lose 55 pounds thanks to the removal of the rear seats and another 58 pounds thanks to the removal of the front passenger seat. All speakers but the front door speakers are gone, cutting out another 24 pounds, while the removal of the parking sensors and the use of a manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel accounts for another six pounds lost. Smaller aluminum brakes and aluminum wheels cut out another 32 pounds. Dodge also removed components that cut down on noise and vibration, including the trunk liner and spare tire, and replaced the solid sway bars with hollow sway bars to cut off another 55 pounds. It loses a total of 232 pounds but gains an extra 17 somewhere along the way, which can be attributed to, at least in part, the wide body kit.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, as the Demon is being designed to tackle the straight track. But, that in itself also means that the option of AWD will be non-existent, and there may not be as many upgrades to the engine or computers that control it. It’s also quite possible that part of the extra 17 pounds could come from the addition of new performance tracking tools, but for now, that extra 17 pounds remains largely a mystery.

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Dodge Challenger Demon Sports a Cryptic License Plate, but What Does it Mean?

Dodge Challenger Demon Sports a Cryptic License Plate, but What Does it Mean?

There are some good ideas floating around, but nobody really knows for sure

Dodge is on a mission to tease us to death with a new teaser of the Challenger SRT Demon every week until it makes its debut. But, it also includes cryptic messages with the teasers to hint at different things. This time around, we find out that the Demon will roll on standard drag radials right from the factory. The tires were designed specifically for the Demon by Nitto using “a new compound and specific tire construction” and are 315/40-series NT05R rubbers. They even have a little demon logo on the sidewall and wrap around 18x11-inch rims on each corner. But, back to the cryptic message at hand, it is a string of numbers on the Demon’s Michigan license plate that reads #2576@35. But the question is what exactly does it mean?

The most dominating theory portrayed by the trolls that haunt comment threads everywhere is that it represents 2,576 horsepower at 3,500 rpm. And, of course, the other outlandish theory is that it stands for 2,576 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm – both are figures that are absolutely ridiculous if you look at it logically. Other theories that are floating around point to the fact that it could be a hint toward the supercharger, which would be a 2,576 cc (2.6-liter) unit that runs at 35 psi. Some have said that if you add a 1 to the front of each numbers, you’ll get 12.576@135 or 12.576 seconds at 135 mph, but that’s slower than the standard Hellcat, so that’s not likely to be correct either. Then, you’ve got the guys over at Jalopnik that think it might be a hint toward the car’s expected MSRP: $2,576 for 35 months would equal $90,160, a figure that wouldn’t be all that surprising considering the SRT Hellcat starts out at $64,195.

Car & Driver thinks the plate represents the total amount of torque sent to all four wheels simultaneously. That not only indicates that it would be all-wheel drive (which would also explain the massively wide front wheels) but actually makes a lot of sense. The Rear-wheel-drive SRT Hellcat makes 4,010 pound-feet at each driven wheel, and 2,576 pound-feet at all four wheels would compute to just over 800 pound-feet at the crank if it does have all-wheel drive.

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Unthinkable Opportunity: Challenger SRT Demon with All-Wheel Drive

Unthinkable Opportunity: Challenger SRT Demon with All-Wheel Drive

Purists might riot, but will Dodge do the unthinkable?

Dodge shocked the world when it announced the Hellcat versions of the Challenger and Charger. So much so, in fact, that you had a better chance of catching a unicorn than getting your hands on one when the order books opened. Dodge shocked the world again for the 2017 model year (and pissed of muscle car purists everywhere) when it announced the all-wheel-drive Challenger GT. After all, muscle cars are supposed to be tail-sliding, rear-wheel-drive monsters perfect for hitting the quarter mile or showing off as you leave car shows. But, once the GT became more accepted, a lot of folks realized there was one big problem – the GT only comes with that little 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 under the hood. Some would argue that the V-6 alone voids its muscle car status, but we’ll leave that discussion for another time. The point is, there are some of us that were hoping for an AWD Hellcat version at some point, but it has yet to happen. And, now that word has spread about the Challenger SRT Demon, we’re wondering: Will Dodge will hit us with a double-whammy and offer it with all-wheel drive?

Before you set out to burn me at the stake or commit me to a mental institute for even mentioning the possibility, at least take the time to hear me out. We have no idea what kind of power that the SRT Demon will bring to the table, but we’re expecting a modified version of the Hellcat engine that could push as much as 800 horsepower and 700 pound-feet of torque. This kind of power could be accomplished by shedding some weight, making modifications to the fuel system, upgrading the supercharger, and providing a more aggressive ECU tune, among other things. For what it’s worth Hennessey was able to get 852 horsepower out of the hellcat engine (HPE850 upgrade) by adding a high-flow air filter, new ECU, updated tuning, and a lighter crank pulley. Hennessey was even able to pull off 1,032 horsepower (HPE1000 upgrade) by adding in a pair of turbochargers and a few other minor enhancements on top of the aforementioned goodies, so it’s possible that Dodge could really up the ante, but I wouldn’t hold my breath hoping for that much power.

Either way, adding in an all-wheel drive system might be blasphemy to some, but could turn the most powerful factory version of the Challenger ever conceived into one hell of a track monster – and I’m not talking about on the drag strip either. Imagine the Challenger Demon beating some of the greats around a famous track such as the Nurburgring, a place where Dodge is practically non-existent from the list of Top 100 track times with the exception of the Viper ACR (No. 17) and the Viper SRT-10 ACR (No. 9.) Not that an AWD version would be accepted by purists, but why not leave the option available for those of us who fancy bending corners at high speed as opposed to ripping down the dragstrip and warp 3?

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SRT’s future line-up will include three models

Chrysler kicked off its new sub-brand, SRT, with the unveiling of the new generation Viper and the cars will just keep coming from here on out. The sub-brand’s second model will be the new generation Barracuda that will join the line-up for the 2015 model year and, according to MotorTrend, SRT is already working on a third model for their line-up.

Details on the third model are a bit unclear at the moment, but it could be either a successor to the Dodge Ram SRT10 or a small, two-seat sports car. Obviously, our hopes lie in a new sports car. Chrysler has already teased us with a Dodge Demon Concept designed as a competitor for the Mazda MX-5 Miata, and now that Mazda and Fiat have teamed up to build a new RWD sports roadster, we are hoping that Chrysler will consider offering a production version of the Demon.

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Production Dodge Demon to be based on Chery's platforms

Production Dodge Demon to be based on Chery’s platforms

Chrysler unveiled the Demon Roadster Concept last year at the Geneva Motor Show and shortly after they decided to put it into production. Not the company announced that the production version will be based on one of Chinese-automaker Chery’s platforms and will be front-wheel drive.

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Chrysler Design Boss Wants to Build Dodge Demon

Chrysler Design Boss Wants to Build Dodge Demon

The head of the design department at Chrysler, Trevor Creed, believes the company should turn the Dodge Demon concept car into a production car. 

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Dodge Demon Video Footage

Dodge Demon Video Footage

Chrysler does the right thing when they have some juicy video footage of a concept car- they release it on the almighty youtube.com

Check out the Demon :


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