For weeks we’ve known the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon would feature a deleted rear seat and now Dodge and SRT have released an image of the void where the drag race-ready muscle car’s rear seat would typically be. The photo shows a chassis brace with Demon-branded racing harnesses attached and was released alongside a hoard of other information on the steroid-injected Hellcat.
In addition to the rear seat delete and chassis brace, Dodge also shared info on the ‘race hardened’ parts the Demon will boast. These include the following:
- A heat-treated prop shaft made of high-strength steel that is 20 percent thicket than Hellcat’s
- A heat-treated differential housing with stronger gears for 30 percent more torque capacity
- Upgraded 41-spline high-strength steel half shafts and 8-ball joints for 20 percent more torque capacity and reduced operating temperatures
SRT engineers also worked to eliminate wheel hop with the Demon – a problem we’ve personally experienced in the Hellcat. The vehicle utilizes a new Launch Assist, which is essentially Dodge’s take on launch control and reduces engine torque for a very short period of time to help the rear wheels find optimal grip.
More information on the CHallenger Hellcat-based Dodge Demon will become available as its debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show nears.