It’s been a long, tiring wait for the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon to make its official debut at the New York Auto Show – But after all this time, Dodge promised something special and they delivered without disappointment.
By now, everyone knows that the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is based on the SRT Hellcat – but just like Hellcat deviates from the standard SRT, the Demon is no different. Everything on the Demon is new, even the engine shares nothing with the standard Hellcat but the cylinder heads.
Infact, it’s the world’s fastest accelerating production car from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in just 2.3 seconds. It’s also the fastest quarter-mile production car on the market.
The car is so incredibly fast on the drag strip, the NHRA had to ban the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon from competing on the dragstrip due to it exceeding the production car speed limit. Imagine amateurs pulling wheelies in a 9 second car that hits a trap speed of 140 mph.
Let’s delve further into the backbone of the Demon. It’s powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that releases 840 demonic horses and 770 lb-ft of torque. The 2.5-liter supercharger raises boost pressure, new rods, piston, valve rain and a two dual-stage fuel pumps have been installed.
Besides pulling a 1.8 g of acceleration on takeoff, the Demon lifts off to perform a 0.89 m wheelie off the line making it the first production car to lift the front tires from a stand still.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon can also run on 100+ unleaded high-octane fuel in street legal form, it also takes regular 91-octane fuel. The Demon includes two key-fobs similar to the Hellcat and the first key limits the HP to 500 while the red key unleashes all 808-hp on pump gas and 840-hp when combined with the control module.
There is no denying that the Demon is a unique car – it features the first application of a TransBrake on a production car and uses the air-conditioner to cool the intercooler. The engine deliver power through a upgraded TorqueFlite 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission that features a torque converter to deliver 18 per cent in torque multiplication in conjunction with the TransBrake.
The Demon’s launch system holds the rpm’s to 2,350 allowing to launch at a perfect rate considering you have already heated the street-legal Nitto drag radials. This sees a launch force increase of about 40 percent over the Hellcat. Wheelies don’t lie.
Due to the previous teasers, we already knew the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat but we weren’t sure how Dodge achieved that. Now though, we learned that the Demon sheds the rear seats, the front passenger seat, the 16 speakers and uses hollow sway bars and lightweight aluminum brake calipers in addition to removing a bunch of wiring. You can choose to option back the seats and the speakers for $1 each.
Dodge’s Time Kuniski explained the question that keeps popping up when enthusiasts see the Demon. Why, make it in the first place? He explains; “With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts. To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before, go beyond even the legendary Hellcat. The result: an 840-horsepower, 9-second muscle car unlike anything that has ever come before it.”
Want this beast? start saving up as 3,000 units are destined for the United States and 300 units in route for Canada with prices yet to be announced. I wouldn’t miss the chance of owning one if I were you.