We already knew the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be lighter than the Hellcat on which it’s based, but thanks to new information obtained by Autoblog, we now know exactly how much weight Dodge has stripped from the Hellcat in moving to the demon and how they did it.
The Challenger SRT Demon will reportedly be nearly 200lbs lighter than the Hellcat thanks to a verity of weight reduction techniques. The rear seats and front seats are optional, with the rear seat deletion saving 55 lbs and the front seat delete saving another 58 lbs. Dodge also stripped 20 lbs by removing the trunk trim and spare wheel, 18 lbs by doing away with the noise and vibration insulation and 4 lbs by switching to a manually adjustable steering column.
The Challenger SRT Demon will feature lightweight 18-inch wheels at all four corners, which combined save 16 lbs over the Hellcat’s wheels. Dodge put another 17 lbs back into the car by widening its track and sticking huge fender flares on it, but the Demon should still weight much less than the near-4,500 pound Hellcat.
More details on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will become available as its early April debut date nears.