Last month spy shots surfaced online that claimed to reveal the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon prior to its debut at the 2017 New York International Auto Show in April. We had our serious doubts about the images – not only did the prototype pictured have decals from aftermarket companies like Liberty Walk and Rotiform, the vehicle was left in the open for all to see without any camouflage.
Now the exact same prototype has been spotted testing in the Colorado Rockies, which is a common location for automotive manufacturers to test future vehicles due to the lack of oxygen at that altitude. This time the car is on California manufacturer plates, which weren’t pictured on the car the last time it was seen. Just about everything else is the same, however, from the scooped hood to the Pirelli all-season tires and the aforementioned decals.
This prototype might be a purposeful attempt by Fiat Chrysler to throw us off. We already know the Demon won’t have fenders with visible mounting points like this car and manufacturers probably normally put aftermarket decals on a production prototype. It’s possible the decals represent partners FCA worked with on the Demon and this car is just a rather unconventional prototype, or it may belong to an aftermarket company doing testing. It’s hard to say.
Most frustrating about this situation is that we may never find out the truth. Dodge probably won’t talk about its pre-production prototypes even after the Demon is revealed, so we’ll be left guessing forever. Might as well check it out in the video above and let us know what you think we’re looking at in the comments.