The 808 horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a dream come true for drag-racing enthusiasts. It’s packed with drag-racing related tech, can run on high-octane race fuel and comes with road-legal drag slicks from the factory – so it’s only fitting that the only transmission option is an eight-speed automatic.
Simply put, a manual transmission is slow in a straight line compared to an automatic. Even the best drivers in the world will have trouble matching the speed of an automatic with a manual, and seeing as the Demon is designed for drag racing only, there’s really no point in offering a manual. An automatic is also better suited to the Torque Reserve and Transbrake systems.
If you want a 9-second Challenger with a manual transmission, your only option is to build up a lesser version of the muscle car like a Hellcat or SRT 392. That’s not such a bad idea, seeing as only 3,300 Challenger SRT Demons will be built and it will probably be hard to get your hands on one. Furthermore, it’s possible some dealers will price gouge customers on the popular Challenger variant, so you’d be best to use that price premium cash on aftermarket upgrades for a Hellcat instead, in our opinion.