Demon Child – The New Dodge Is Way Too Fast
First there was the Hellcat. Now we have the Demon. Are you sensing a trend in Dodge’s tone towards their Challenger muscle cars?
Talk about barely legal. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon screams a V8 that can produce up to 840 hp and 770 pound-feet of torque, making it the most powerful American car ever. With an NHRA-certified 0-to-60 time in a . mind numbing 2.3 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. This sounds like what the Jimmy John’s drivers are using to get there before the commercial is over.
The Demon’s predecessor, the Challenger SRT Hellcat, was outfitted with a 707 hp 6.2-liter supercharged engine that now somehow feels spartan in comparison to its protege, which sees a slew of production-first and high tech features.
There’s a larger displacement 2.7-liter supercharger that runs at 14.5 psi boost; strengthened rods, pistons and valvetrain; twin dual-stage fuel pumps; and the largest hood scoop ever used on a muscle car: a 45.2 square inch intake Dodge calls the Air-Grabber that’s apparently still not huge enough, because there’s a second intake in the middle of the inside driver’s side headlight and a third near the wheel liner. At full throttle, the Demon can suck all of the air out of a single-car garage in less than two minutes.
Dodge is unleashing 3,000 Demons on America for 2018 with another 300 heading to Canada. The price has not yet been announced, but Fiat Chrysler Head of Passenger Car Brands Tim Kuniskis says it’ll be less than six figures, and it includes a day at the Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving.