Earlier in the month, video surfaced of a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon running a 9.86-second quarter-mile at 138.4 mph at Virginia’s Dinwiddle Dragstrip, which might be enough to qualify it as the “world’s quickest”. Dodge claims that the new SRT Demon is capable of a 9.65-second quarter-mile from the factory, but that time assumes rather ideal conditions, and likely doesn’t take into account things like reaction time or rollout.
Even though it’s a tad shy of the manufacturer’s claims, 9.86 seconds is ridiculously quick, and according to Allpar, it’s the best time ever posted by a private owner of the 2018 Dodge SRT Challenger Demon. Helping the pony car scoot down the dragstrip like a bat out of hell is a tune from Virginia speed shop A2Speed using Sykes software, as well as a different set of drag radials than what comes stock.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is, rather famously, rated at 840 horsepower from the factory, although race fuel is required to unleash that full amount; peak horsepower stands at 808 on pump gas. The limited-edition car is purpose-built for the dragstrip, shipping with a standard rear-seat delete and an available “Demon Crate”, which is loaded with drag racing goodies like an alternate Powertrain Control Module, skinny front wheels, performance air filter, passenger mirror block-off plate, and a few vital tools.
To see a privately-owned Dodge Challenger SRT Demon set a new record at the dragstrip, be sure to watch the video above.