The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has made its highly anticipated debut ahead of the 2017 New York International Auto Show.
We won’t waste your time. The Dodge Demon produces 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft from its 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8, making it the most powerful production series V8 car ever. That translates to a 0-30 mph time of 1 second, a 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. Like the Hellcat, two keys are also sold with the car: a black fob that limits power to 500 and a red fob that gives you the full-blown 808.
Making those figures possible is the available ‘Demon Crate’, which is filled with performance parts and tools designed to make it even faster in the 1/4-mile. The crate includes a Powertrain Control Module that allows the Demon to run race fuel, tapping the full 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft potential of the engine, along with narrow front runner tires to help reduce weight further. Also included in the crate is a performance air filter, a passenger mirror block-off plate, Demon-branded tools, a tire pressure gauge and a tool bag.
Further contributing to the nine-second trap time is the Demon’s low weight compared to the Challenger Hellcat on which it’s based. By getting rid of the rear seats, front passenger seat, trunk carpeting, 16-speaker audio system, sound deadening and much more, Dodge was able to pull over 200 pounds from the Demon. Don’t worry – they’ll sell you the front seats, rear seats and trunk carpeting back for $1 each.
Lots of drag racing-inspired technology has also been stuffed into the Demon. It’s the first production car with a ‘TransBrake’, which allows the driver to pre-load the driveline with torque without having the car creep forward. It also features a ‘Torque Reserve’ function that limits the engine RPM, making it easier to build boost in the supercharger. Street legal drag slicks developed by Nitto sit at all four corners and measure 305 mm wide and 18 inches in diameter. The reason for the square stance is simple – when you’ve burned through your initial set of drag slicks, just put the front tires on the rear and get back on the track.
This might be a drag car, but that doesn’t mean Dodge could get away with neglecting the suspension. The Demon features 35 percent softer front springs and 28 percent softer rear springs, along with softer and lighter sway bars. In ‘Drag’ mode, which also disables the traction control and enables the Transbrake and Torque Reserve, the further suspension adjustments are automatically made for optimum grip. Joining ‘Drag’ mode is a standard ‘Street’ mode, which uses more restrained vehicle settings, and a ‘Custom’ setting that allows the driver to adjust the vehicle settings individually.
A huge Air Grabber hood scoop helps keep the engine cold, along with the air conditioning unit-powered SRT Power Chiller cooling system, and is joined by other exterior details such as fender flares, 18-inch lightweight wheels and Demon badges. Cloth seats are standard, though Laguna leather and Alcantara is available as an option. Other optional extras include a power sun roof, a Harman Kardon 900-watt audio system, a heated steering wheel and a satin-black painted hood. An 8.4-inch UConnect infotainment system is standard.
Production of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will begin later this year at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario, Canada. Despite the performance on offer, it’s still covered by FCA’s three-year/36,000-mile vehicle warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. Pricing has yet to be announced.