2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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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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This Dodge Demon Is In Need of an Exorcism

This Dodge Demon Is In Need of an Exorcism

This supercharged V-8-powered muscle car is undoubtedly the devil in disguise

The Challenger SRT Demon debuted in 2017 and went out of production in 2018, being limited to only 3,300 examples. Dodge took the already potent Challenger Hellcat and slapped a widebody kit, a bigger supercharger inside a new engine, and some crazy drag race technology to make it the most potent V-8 production car in history. If you are a car enthusiast of the highest order, Bring a Trailer has a 2018 Dodge Demon list for auction, and is has only 1,300 miles on the odometer.

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The Fastest American Cars Ever Produced

The Fastest American Cars Ever Produced

America is currently home to the world’s fastest production car

While most people might automatically assume some of the fastest cars ever made are from Europe or Japan, that simply isn’t the case because you’ve got some pretty serious speed machines conceived right here in America. This list is comprised of cars from both mainstream automakers and boutique manufacturers who produce just a handful of super-exotics per year. Spoiler: The fastest American car also happens to be the world’s fastest production car currently!

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Watch An Extremely Rare '69 Camaro ZL1 Get Back At A '72 Dodge Demon

Watch An Extremely Rare ’69 Camaro ZL1 Get Back At A ’72 Dodge Demon

The ol’ 427 Big Block comes alive in this old-school Chevy vs Mopar pure-stock battle

The Pure Stock Muscle Car Drag Race or PSMCDR class will almost never run out of steam and the video by CarsandZebras, that I’m featuring today is proof of that very fact. This duel between a 1969 Camaro ZL1 and a 1972 Dodge Demon is one, that you just can’t miss. Not only is it a full-on entertainer, but the video is packed full of facts on what exactly makes these cars so special.

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Hooked And Booked: Watch An Old-School Demon Destroy A Modern Hellcat

Hooked And Booked: Watch An Old-School Demon Destroy A Modern Hellcat

The SRT may pack close to three times the power, but the ol’ Demon weighs half as much

We’ve previously featured several Old-school vs Modern battles from the Cars And Zebras’ YouTube channel, and the video we’re featuring today sees another awesome pairing between a 1972 Dodge Dart Demon 340 and a modern-day Challenger Hellcat. The two cars took each other in the Pure Stock Class at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex.

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Battle Of The Legends: Old-School L88 Vette Holds Its Own Against A Modern Day Demon

Battle Of The Legends: Old-School L88 Vette Holds Its Own Against A Modern Day Demon

The Vette has the weight and gear advantage, while the Demon is rocking modern tech, has more power and better rubber; which car is your money on?

The 427 L88 Vette was a legend back in the day and its continues to be a highly desired motor by collectors and enthusiasts alike. You had to pay a premium for them back then, and to this day, values for these highly sought-after cars remain really strong.

Fast forward to today and the modern-day Demon has the ingredients to make it a legend as well. In this duel, featured on CarsandZebras, we’ll see the two cars go head to head at the drag strip in a series of 1/4 mile shootouts.

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Modern Demon vs Old School Charger; You Don't Want To Miss This One

Modern Demon vs Old School Charger; You Don’t Want To Miss This One

Two of the most iconic models in the Dodge lineup head to the drag strip

If you’re a Mopar fan, I don’t think it can get any better than this one can it now? Demon and Charger are two of the most iconic names in Dodge’s history and this video by Wheels shows them in a head-to-head. I wish I knew what the numbers were though, especially on the classic muscle car here, but since they weren’t available, I’ll quickly run you through the baseline figures on both cars.

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Watch A Retired Veteran In His Modified 5.7 ProCharged R/T (RT) Beat A Stock 2018 Dodge Demon

Watch A Retired Veteran In His Modified 5.7 ProCharged R/T (RT) Beat A Stock 2018 Dodge Demon

As you can imagine, it took a fair amount of modifications to get the job done

Just on a routine fun day out at the Crofton Capitol Raceway in Mechanicsville, the Modern Red Hemi got the chance to run against a stock Dodge Demon. And, for once, I have the entire list of modifications, at least for one of the cars. Let’s look at the numbers:

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Drag Race: Demonology vs Plaid; This One's Close

Drag Race: Demonology vs Plaid; This One’s Close

This Tesla Plaid wanted a slice of the Demonology, and that’s exactly what it got

This Model S Plaid takes on a highly tuned sub-nine-second Dodge Demon. Thankfully, both cars are modified. The showdown took place at Xtreme Raceway Park, down in Dallas, Texas.

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Dodge Demon vs Shelby Super Snake Widebody: Exorcism vs Venomous Snake Bites On The Drag Strip!

Dodge Demon vs Shelby Super Snake Widebody: Exorcism vs Venomous Snake Bites On The Drag Strip!

Can the Dodge demonize its rival, or will the Shelby Super Snake slither its way to the finish line first?

Thomas and James from ‘Throttle House’ brought two muscle cars – a Dodge Demon and a Shelby Super Snake Widebody based on the Mustang – to the drag strip. Both of them come with supercharged V-8s and make over 1,600 horses combined. Do you have your money on the Super Snake or the Demon?

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The Ultimate Muscle Car Showdown: Old School vs Modern

The Ultimate Muscle Car Showdown: Old School vs Modern

Old School Muscle Cars take on their Modern Counterparts. Which group will dominate? Read on to Find Out

The Muscle Car really is the epitome of power and performance, and there’s no better way to prove that than running these highly tuned machines down the quarter-mile. The Wheels YouTube Channel put out a video in which old school muscle cars go head to head against their modern counterparts in a series of drag races.

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The Ultimate Challenger Showdown: Hellcat Redeye vs Hellcat

The Ultimate Challenger Showdown: Hellcat Redeye vs Hellcat

The Hellcat isn’t that far off from the Redeye’s performance. Find out just how close these two run in a series of quarter-mile drag runs

Both the Hellcat SRT and the Redeye are pretty closely matched. We know that the Redeye does have a slight power advantage over the SRT but by how much? Let’s see how both cars fare in this quarter-mile drag race. Both cars featured in this race are the non-wide-body variants. The showdown took place at the Bandimere Dragway in Morrison, Colorado.

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Watch The Dodge Demon Get Exorcised On The Drag Strip By The Tesla Model S Plaid

Watch The Dodge Demon Get Exorcised On The Drag Strip By The Tesla Model S Plaid

The invincible Model S Plaid’s exorcism of the Demon is exactly why Dodge needs the EV muscle car ASAP!

The Model S Plaid’s dominance continues. In case you’re unaware of what a bully the Model S Plaid can be on the drag strip, let us remind that the car has obliterated and humiliated cars like the Nissan GT-R and even the Porsche Taycan Turbo S! Surprisingly, it lost to a remote control car on one occasion.

But, anyway, DragTimes has brought the Model S Plaid to the drag strip to take on the Dodge Demon, a muscle car known for its ferocious nature. But, the Model S Plaid tames it with utmost ease. How often do you see a Demon get humbled like this?

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5 Alternatives to the Dodge Demon That Will Fill The Void

5 Alternatives to the Dodge Demon That Will Fill The Void

The Demon is dead, but not all is lost

By now, many of us motoring enthusiasts have heard the sad news about the Dodge Hellcat and Demon. The SRT department has long cemented its reputation as the creator of some of the most outrageous, awesome, zero f***s given muscle cars and the Demon was the last and most powerful of them all. For around $85,000, you got a 9-second car with over 800 horsepower that can do wheelies. Who does that? All good things must come to an end, however, as stricter emission regulations bring an end to big supercharged V-8 engines. With this in mind, here are some alternatives to the tire-shredding unholy creation. If you’re a Dodge fan, you might want to stick until the end, for this one.

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The Dodge Demon Gets Spanked By the Porsche 911 Turbo S Every Single Time

The Dodge Demon Gets Spanked By the Porsche 911 Turbo S Every Single Time

German engineering reigns over American brute force

Carwow has dropped a new drag race, and it’s between two performance vehicles that offer contrasting styles of driving pleasure. In the blue corner is the sublime 992-generation Porsche 911 Turbo S. In the red corner is the guttural Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The latter isn’t available in the U.K, but host Mat Watson managed to get his hands on one courtesy of British car importer CS Panda. So with the Demon in tow, Watson challenged Yianni Charalambous and his 992-gen Porsche 911 Turbo S to a race that didn’t turn into much of one.

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The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Will Spank Your Dodge Challenger Demon in a Street Race

The 2020 Chevy C8 Corvette Will Spank Your Dodge Challenger Demon in a Street Race

The equation does change in a rolling race, though

Curious what the C8 Corvette can do in a drag race against the Dodge Demon? Throttle House just quenched your thirst of knowledge with a neat, to-the-point video.

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Watch a Toyota Supra, Dodge Demon, and a BMW E30 Go Head to Head in the Desert

Watch a Toyota Supra, Dodge Demon, and a BMW E30 Go Head to Head in the Desert

This sort of drag racing in the sand is a must-see show

You don’t get to see a Dodge Demon every day. Then again, you don’t get to see it as it stretches its muscles during some good ol’ drag racing in the company of a Toyota Supra, a BMW E30, and Savage Garage’s Ford Raptor. Oh, and this is no prep drag-race, by the way, as the whole scenario unfolds in the desert, between bursting clouds of sand.

Now that we have your attention, get ready to be amazed by the Supra, which proves extremely apt at putting down the power and generating enough grip to shoot ahead of its rivals, literally leaving them behind, choking on its dust.

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Life Support Renewed as Dodge Plans a Track-Focused, ACR-Badged Challenger

Life Support Renewed as Dodge Plans a Track-Focused, ACR-Badged Challenger

Is Dodge taking it to the race track with this potential Challenger ACR?

It first ruled the drag strip, and now it might be time to rule the race circuit. Or at least aim to rule it, provided the recent reports are true. Indeed, we’re talking about the Dodge Challenger, a not-that-new-anymore car that’s been abiding by the Frank Sinatra “I did it my way” credo, which is rumored to receive the ACR badge once wore by the mighty yet now-defunct Dodge Viper.

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Wish, Hope, and Complain All You Want - The Dodge Demon Is Dead and Isn't Coming Back

Wish, Hope, and Complain All You Want - The Dodge Demon Is Dead and Isn’t Coming Back

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

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

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This 1,400-Horsepower Dodge Demon Can Run 8-Second Quarter Miles

This 1,400-Horsepower Dodge Demon Can Run 8-Second Quarter Miles

Carbon tastiness and turbos make for one very quick domestic

The Demon is one scorcher of a muscle car, running the quarter mile in an incredible 9.65 seconds at 140 mph right out of the box. But, as is often the case, some folks always want more, and thus we have this tuned carbon fiber example that adds more power and slashes the quarter run into the 8’s.

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Watch This Amazing Review of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Video

Watch This Amazing Review of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Video

It is as dramatic as the Demon itself

The guys at SavageGeese finally got around to reviewing a machine that’s hell-bent on creating havoc, the Dodge Challenger Demon. It’s all for a good cause since the car itself was supplied by Tri Industries.

Packed with a fun yet metaphorical intro, this Dodge Challenger Demon review from SavageGees Production was made with help from Tri Industries who offered the car for the video to raise money for their cause, employing veterans and other people of disabilities.

You can help by donating to the cause and, if you do, there’s something in it for you because Tri Industries makes it possible for you to win the Demon you’ll see in the video if you go and donate on www.winadodgedemon.com.

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This 1,200-Horsepower Dodge Demon is No Joke: Video

This 1,200-Horsepower Dodge Demon is No Joke: Video

There’s nothing smooth or appeasing about this new package from Hennessey

Hennessey Performance’s new engine upgrade package for the Challenger Demon raises the muscle car’s output to 1,200 horsepower. Called the HPE1200, the program makes the Demon’s standard output of 840 horsepower look like a puppy by comparison. Hennessey put its crown jewel Challenger Demon program to the test, and as you’d expect it, “mercy” wasn’t in the muscle car’s vocabulary.

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Dodge is Showing A Bit of Self-Awareness in New Advertisement

Dodge is Showing A Bit of Self-Awareness in New Advertisement

Disclaimers can be hilarious bits of marketing

A new advertisement for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon claims that it’s the world’s fastest 0-100-mph production car, at least when you take out “non-mass production vehicles” and “hybrid/electric” vehicles out of the equation. The self-aware advertisement is hilarious on so many levels, not the least of which is Dodge admitting that the Challenger SRT Demon isn’t faster than the Tesla Model S.

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6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives

6 Sports Cars Everyone Should Drive at Least Once in Their Lives

I have my choices. What are yours?

Suppose you were given a choice to pick six sports cars to take out for a spin, which models would you choose? Some of you might choose from a list made entirely out of hypercars. Some of you might go for all the all-muscle types. Some of you might even choose to drive one automaker’s entire catalog. Everyone’s taste for sports cars is different, which is why in figuring out my suggestions for the six sports cars everyone should drive at least once in their lives, I was more varied in my choices. I put in a hypercar, a track car, a muscle car, a Japanese monster, and a small Italian sports car that’s going to blow you away. Some of you might have different choices, and that’s fine. What’s important is that, at the end of the day, we all get to experience the cars we love, even if it’s just for a day.

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Final Dodge Viper And Demon Sold For $1 Million

Final Dodge Viper And Demon Sold For $1 Million

And it’s all for a good cause to boot

Two of Dodge’s most impressive performance machines are on their way out the door, but before they go, the brand put them on the block for one last hurrah. This past Saturday, at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction at Mohegan Sun in Connecticut, Dodge auctioned off the final 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and 2017 Dodge Viper in a single lot, and when it was all said and done, one eager collector took them home for a cool million bucks.

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Watch Dodge Give Birth to the Last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Watch Dodge Give Birth to the Last Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

It’s a sad day for some, but there are surely better things to come!

It’s been less than a month since the final Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolled off the line and now that you’ve seen the pictures, it’s time to see the video that shows it being built.

The video was released by FCA North America and shows various stages of the final Demon as it creeps through the production line. Throughout the video, you get to see it transform from a mere shell to the car we’ve all grown to love…or loathe. This specific model comes off the line looking as black as the nights sky but will be sent off for a special (and exclusive) Viper Red paint finish before it heads off to an auction where it’s expected to pull in some $2 mill based on the $1.65 million that the first Hellcat model pulled in. Of course, it could go for even more than that as it’s being auctioned off as part of a package deal with its sports car cousin, the Dodge Viper – the very last Dodge Viper at that.

As the final production model, it will get a pair of exclusive drag tires, a front passenger seat, rear seat delete, truck carpet kit, car cover, VIN badge, and a Demon Authentication package. Naturally, it will get the Demon Crate too, which comes with the drag wheels, tuned PCM, and a full set of track tools. As a reminder, this track-ready monster comes with 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, enough for it to blow most supercars away with a sprint to 60 mph coming in just 2.3 seconds. It can also hit the quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph – a standing record for any production car.

This car, and the final production Dodge Viper, will be auctioned off at the Barret-Jackson Northeast Auction between June 20 and June 23 with all proceeds heading straight to United Way. Stay tuned to find out how much the final Demon goes for and, until then, check out the video and gallery below!

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Pour Out a Little Liquor For the Demon As Dodge Ends Production Of Its Demented Muscle Car

Pour Out a Little Liquor For the Demon As Dodge Ends Production Of Its Demented Muscle Car

All 3,300 units have been built and the last one should fetch a hefty price tag

A little over a year after it took the whole auto world by storm, the reign of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is about to come to an end. Production of the 840-horsepower muscle car is over after Fiat Chrysler Automobiles built the final production model of the Challenger SRT Demon. All told, Dodge built 3,300 units of the Challenger SRT Demon, including the final production model that will be offered as part of the “Ultimate Last Chance” package that Dodge and Barrett-Jackson will offer at an auction next month.

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Hennessey's Demon Is The Fastest In The World

Hennessey’s Demon Is The Fastest In The World

0 to 60 mph in less than 2 seconds!

‘Merica - land of the free, home of the brave, and producer of the most outrageous drag racers ever conceived. Proof in point - the new Hennessey Demon, a street-legal destroyer of tires that’ll blow the doors off just about anything with actual doors.

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The Chance of a Lifetime: The Final Dodge Viper and Challenger Demon are Being Auctioned for Charity

The Chance of a Lifetime: The Final Dodge Viper and Challenger Demon are Being Auctioned for Charity

1,500 horsepower under the hammer!

Did you miss out on the last batch of Dodge Vipers in 2017? Well, here’s some good news for you: Dodge will auction the last production model for charity this June. There is a catch though; the Viper comes in a bundle with a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Insane, right?

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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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