Dodge Challenger SRT Demon
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon made its debut in New York in a press even during the New York Auto Show. We’ve had what seems like months of anticipation, but finally have the real numbers. The car’s name says about all you need to know as this new Dodge is so scary, it is straight from Hell.
The Demon is the car for people that look at the Challenger SRT Hellcat and say, 707 horsepower just isn’t enough. In a straight line it is hard to find a faster production car. We just need one second for us to pick our jaw up and then we can share the specification highlights.
The Dodge Demon gets a 2.7-liter supercharger over the “puny” 2.4-liter unit in the Hellcat that only helped produced a minuscule 707 horsepower. Boost for the Demon is increased to 14.5 psi versus 11.6 psi for the Hellcat. When all this forced induction is mated to the HEMI Demon V8 engine, a force as powerful as Hell itself is unleashed. Add the fact that the rev limit has been raised to 6,500 rpm over the 6,200 rpm in the Hellcat and 840 horsepower is available as well as 770 lb.ft. of torque. That is just a 47 horses off the combined gas engine and electric motor power of the Porsche 918 Spyder.
To make all that power from such a large supercharger requires a lot of air. To help suck in as much of God’s good air as possible the Air-Grabber hood scoop is used. The scoop is the largest functional unit in a production car at a large 42 square inches.
The Demon allows for high octane 100+ gasoline or can be run with 91 octane, a first for a production car. The car also comes with a black and red key, just like the Hellcat. On 91 octane fuel the black key offers 500 horsepower and the red key outputs 808 horsepower. When the red key and 100+ octane is used then and earth moving 840 horses are on tap.
That’s all great, but is it fast? 0-30 mph comes in just 1.0 second and the 0-60 mph time of 2.3 seconds is much quicker than a Bugatti Veyron. The quarter mile can be run in an outstanding 9.65 seconds hitting a speed of 140 mph. Not only is that fast, but it is too fast for its class in NHRA and is banned from competition.
All that is just the engine, but it is your tires that make contact to the earth and get you moving. The tire size is 315/40R18 for the Nitto NT05R tires and they are the first street legal drag radials for a production car. The tires with a width of 12.6 inches provides a 15 percent larger contact patch. These tires get all that power to the ground and the Demon gets the first-ever front-wheel lift (2.92 feet) in a production car which has been certified by Guinness World Records.
Over the Hellcat the Demon is more lean and mean. For example, it comes standard with only one seat, a driver’s seat. You can option passenger and rear seat back (for $1 per seat), but it shows just how serious Dodge was with weight reduction for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Just 3,000 Dodge Demons will make their way to the USA and another 300 will get sent to Canada for the 2018 model year. Dodge hasn’t yet released the price but dealer deliveries will start this fall.