Goodbye Hellcat. Hell-o Demon. After months of anticipation, it’s here. Barely legal and ready to drag. Ladies and gents. Check out the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Arguably faster than a bat out of hell, the street-legal Demon runs the fastest quarter-mile of any production car ever. It goes from 0-60 in 2.3-seconds. Giving it a Guinness world record. 0-30? Phhhssttt. It does that in 1 second. Giving the phrase ‘give me a second’ a whole new meaning.
Under the wide hood rests a ridiculously fantastic 840-horsepower HEMI Demon V8. It packs 770 lb-ft of torque with a 6.2-liter displacement. According to Dodge, these numbers make it the most powerful production V8 ever. It’s also the first-ever, factory-production car designed to run on 100+ high-octane unleaded fuel or 91 octane on demand. We’ll take all of the above.
And so will Vin Diesel. During the smoke filled arrival of the model at the NY Auto Show, the legendary muscular actor and Dodge lover said, “As you know, I have been related to the Dodge family for some time now. Cars like the Demon are why I’m proud to be the new ambassador of Dodge.”
The National Hot Rod Association, on the other hand, bans the model according to Dodge. Why? Because it’s hardly even street legal. It’s being sold sans passenger seat and rear seats.
But in reality, according to Jalopnik…
It’s not really banned by the NHRA, as much as Dodge seems to like saying that, it’s just that in its stock form it’s fast enough that it’s required to have a competition license and extra safety equipment (a roll cage) that the car doesn’t normally come with.
Despite what you might think, Dodge is not planning for the Demon to be a big seller. Rather it will appeal to a small number of specialist drivers and collectors. For the rest of us muggle folk, it will simply serve to fuel are love and wonderment of the American automaker.
But let’s say you do want to be one of the lucky drivers of a Demon. Production is limited. Only 3,000 2018 models will be slated for the U.S., 300 in Canada. Official pricing is expected to be in the $100,000 range. If you do want to have passengers, those extra seats add-on for one dollar each. That’s cheaper than a seat on the bus to go downtown. Deliveries begin in the fall.
“This is a car unlike anything we’ve ever done,” Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger car brands for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, said at the show, “This car, for the people who race it, who build it and develop it … will share that pride across more than a track. Demon is another halo that will transcend a core group of enthusiasts.”
Really, the Demon is the superhero that will help sell the now seemingly fan gear Hellcat. Both models use the production Challenger as their base. And both models use a similar 6.2-liter. Dodge notes though that the one in the Demon is not only 100 horses more powerful, but it also gets over 50 percent different components. Making it really something special.
Similarly, the Demon is hotter than Hell… cat. It has to use more than just air intakes, but actually, gets a special lubrication refrigeration system for its larger supercharger.
We like what we see in the more driver-friendly Hellcat. Be sure to check out Jerry’s test drive for the inside scoop on that model.