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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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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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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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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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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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Dodge Drops Second Teaser Video For Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge Drops Second Teaser Video For Challenger SRT Demon

New video reveals body features and engine note

About a week ago Dodge announced that the SRT Hellcat won’t go into the history books as the most powerful current-generation Challenger. A new model will step in with a much more extreme drivetrain and a "Demon" badge on its trunk lid. The announcement came with a preliminary teaser video, which wasn’t exactly revealing. Dodge also unveiled a new website which will air all teaser ads scheduled to be released until the car’s public debut at the New York Auto Show. The second clip is here to give us a better glimpse and the upcoming muscle car.

Although it doesn’t include a clear shot of the SRT Demon, the new "Reduction" teaser provides a few hints about the car’s design. For starters, you can notice that the Demon has a bigger front splitter, while the hood sports a massive bulge that probably hides a redesigned supercharger. A new spoiler is also visible around back, but the clues end here. Styling-aside, the footage was actually released to showcase the fact that the Demon will be lighter than the Hellcat. Lighter and more powerful is a great recipe for performance cars, so it’s all good news.

The video ends with the Demon’s engine roaring at full throttle. The V-8 is obviously supercharged and it sounds downright menacing. Hit play to watch the whole thing and make sure you stick around for more teasers and new information about the Challenger SRT Demon.

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Forget the Hellcat! Dodge Just Announced the "Ferocious" Challenger SRT Demon

Forget the Hellcat! Dodge Just Announced the "Ferocious" Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge goes into Ludicrous mode with the most powerful muscle car ever created!

Dodge shocked the performance world when it launched the Challenger SRT Hellcat for the 2015 model year. With no less than 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque coming from its supercharged V-8, the Hellcat entered the history books as the most powerful production muscle car ever created. Two years have passed and Ford and Chevy have yet to deliver a worthy competitor. However, Dodge hasn’t been resting on its laurels and has been working on an even more powerful version of the Hellcat. It goes by the name Challenger SRT Demon and will be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April 2017.

The big news comes straight from Dodge and it’s a bit of a surprise. Not only was the car not included in the five-year plan that FCA released in 2014, but it was also a very well kept secret, with no spy shots or leaked information whatsoever.

So what is this new Challenger Demon all about?

Dodge refrained from unveiling any specific details, but did mention that the new muscle car is "raising the bar again" and the Demon is described by words such as "ferocious" and "beast." So it’s safe to assume that it will be significantly more powerful than the Hellcat. By how much, we don’t know, but given that the Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 cranks out 707 horsepower, the Demon could get up to 800 horses. Holy cow!

The FCA-owned brand also launched a new website in anticipation of the Demon (www.ifyouknowyouknow.com), which will host no fewer than 12 teaser videos up until the car makes its debut in New York. The first episode is called "Cage" and it’s already online. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show the Demon, but just a quick glimpse of the headlamps and its high-performance braking system. Instead, the clip is centered around a caged, ferocious animal that’s eventually released and morphs into a super human. The video ends with Metallica’s "Fuel" song as a soundtrack, which seems more than appropriate for a gas-guzzler such as the Hellcat.

"Gimme fuel, gimme fire, gimme that which I desire" sounds like one hell of a motto for beefed-up supercar.

Dodge says to keep an eye on the Demon’s website for more information and videos, with the next clip to be released on January 18. The page also includes a countdown clock for each episode, with the 12th to be released ahead of the Demon’s public debut at the New York Auto Show.

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FCA Pushes Redesign Of Charger And Challenger At Least Until 2020

FCA Pushes Redesign Of Charger And Challenger At Least Until 2020

For now, the two performance models will only receive "updates"

For those who are pining to see redesigned versions of the existing Dodge Challenger and Dodge Charger, you might have to exercise a bit more patience because Fiat Chrysler is reportedly icing the redesigned versions for both performance cars for at least three more years.

According to Automotive News, FCA is expected to take the more conservative approach on the Challenger, Charger, and the Chrysler 300 but simply giving each model updates until at least 2020. No reason was given on why FCA appears to be leading towards this decision, but it seems to be tied into the long-term plans the automaker has for its new Giorgio platform, which underpins the soon-to-be-launched Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Apparently, FCA has high hopes for this platform with no less than FCA CEO Sergio Marchionne saying that he was “encouraged by the versatility of the architecture” during the company’s third-quarter conference call with analysts late last month. Even though the Giorgio platform will likely have to be stretched and widened to accommodate the dimensions of the next-generation models of the Charger and Challenger, the platform’s reported flexibility and overall rigidity would be able to accommodate both models, and quite possibly, a convertible model.

That said, FCA is not looking to rush into the development of the two performance cars, presumably to give the Alfa Romeo Giulia enough time to shine on its own as it prepares to enter the U.S. market later this year. In any event, start getting used to seeing the current-generation Challenger and Charger models for the time being. They’ll be getting updates, but nothing more than that until 2020.

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Could Dodge's Next-Gen Challenger Shake Up The Market?

Could Dodge’s Next-Gen Challenger Shake Up The Market?

American automaker is pinning hopes on a new Challenger and a revival of the Barracuda model

A lot of people associate America’s muscle car war to the Ford Mustang and the Chevrolet Camaro. That’s accurate in some sense, but it’s also incomplete. There was a time when the Dodge Challenger made that a three-car fight. Sadly, that hasn’t been the case in recent years as the new-age Challenger, which debuted in 2008, has not exactly lived up to the sales stats of both the Mustang and the Camaro. Dodge knows this and is finally prepared to give the Challenger its long-overdue update in hopes to reclaim its status as a legitimate threat to both the Mustang and the Camaro.

The new Challenger is expected to arrive in 2019 but as early as now, reports indicate that the model will share a rear-wheel drive platform with the Alfa Romeo Giulia while also getting V-6 and Hemi V-8 powertrain options. Likewise, a supercharged 750-plus horsepower Hellcat is also in the pipeline.

Apart from the Challenger, Dodge is also beefing up its muscle car lineup by bringing back the Barracuda, a model that has sat in Chrysler’s garage ever since it was discontinued back in 1974. Once carrying the Plymouth name, the Barracuda will now be badged as a Dodge model and will only be available as a convertible. It will also share components and powertrains with the new Challenger, in addition to the Giulia’s platform. That said, expect the Barracuda to be shorter than the Challenger and carry a distinct design of its own.

The Barracuda will also arrive in the market in 2019, side-by-side with the Challenger as Dodge prepares to turn a new page in its muscle car history. It remains to be seen if Dodge can prepare the new Challenger and the revived Barracuda and make them worthy adversaries against the titans of the muscle car segment. Fortunately, time is on the American automaker’s side.

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Next-Generation Dodge Charger To Get Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine

Next-Generation Dodge Charger To Get Turbocharged Four-Cylinder Engine

New model will also get a massive diet

The current-generation Dodge Charger is old, and by old, I really mean old. It’s been around since 2005 and while Dodge has managed to keep the fire simmering with new variants and special edition models, there are reports that Fiat Chrysler will keep the model going until after 2019. That’s an incredibly long time for one generation of a car, let alone a car with the status of the Charger. But don’t feel too bad Charger fans because once the next-generation model arrives, it’s going to be a very different car after reports came out that the model will lose close to 500 pounds in weight and could come with a four-cylinder turbocharged engine.

According to Automotive News, engineers and designers from FCA are working on making the new car lighter than the current model, which tips the scales at 3,960 pounds as its curb weight. The automaker plans to have the new model down to about 3,500 pounds, a weight that could come in handy when it’s combined with the same 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder that’s currently being developed for the 2018 Jeep Wrangler. There are also plans to switch the Charger from its existing platform to an extended version of the Alfa Romeo Giulia’s “Giorgio” platform, giving engineers and designers a more modern platform for the new model.

While this is all exciting news, don’t expect the model to burst into the scene for at least another five years. The 2019 facelift for the LX-generation model could last for another year or two so the early expectations for the new model would be around 2022 or 2023. It’s still a long way from today and with the evolving state of the auto industry, there’s no telling if today’s plans will be put to action when it’s finally time for the next-generation Charger to be built.

Still, FCA seems to be confident of its plans for the muscle car. It even showed an early styling buck of the next-gen model during a private show for dealers back in August 2015. The design was even compared to the 1999 Charger concept that was penned by former Chrysler design guru Tom Gale.

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