2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Reveal Apr 24, 2017 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)
If you have been paying attention to the New York Auto Show, then you know that the official 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has finally been unleashed on the panicked automotive journalists that ran, screaming, before its unholy horsepower. We’re joking, but that’s the tone that Dodge tried to set with their aggressive advertising campaign. We’ve been waiting a long time to see what this vehicle is like. Simply put, it is still impressive with 840 horsepower and a stripped-down interior.
Focused on Drag
Multiple automakers have been working to produce vehicles that have way more power and performance than you actually need. For the Challenger SRT Demon, Dodge took a different tack. While most automakers target drivers looking to push their cars to the limit on road courses or compare top quarter-mile times, Dodge focused on straight-line drag racing. The Challenger SRT Demon is able to finish a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour. That leaves the competition so far behind that a roll cage is required for NHRA regulations.For now, the Demon is the world's fastest quarter-mile production car.
Acceleration and Power
Clearly, Dodge won’t give too many details about how it achieved this incredible performance in the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon; it doesn’t want the competition to copy them. We do know, however, that they dramatically cut weight, including getting rid of all but the driver’s seat. If you plan on impressing your friends you can add the other seats back in for just $1 each—but the real price is in performance due to the added weight. Over the course of 13 different teasers, Dodge slowly revealed more details, leading up to the New York Auto Show.
The Demon Crate
You already know the impressive quarter-mile time of this Demon, but the other figures are equally important. While it can produce up to 840 horsepower, the showroom version “only” generates 808 with premium fuel. This is still 101 more horsepower than the Hellcat. If you want to reach 840 horsepower, you will need to buy the Demon Crate. This includes skinny front wheels, an engine ECU, an air filter, a cover plate, a low-temperature thermostat, an HVAC switch module, and the snap-on tools required to change your tires on the track. The HVAC switch module is important because it includes an “HO” button that activates the vehicle’s high-octane engine map. This will then increase the power to 840 horses and bump the torque from 717 to 770 pound-feet. Somehow, the Demon is also emissions compliant even in HO mode.
Drag Racing Tools
In addition tot he strip-ready Demon Crate, Dodge equipped their latest creation with technology focused specifically on drag racing The launch control system is closer to that used at Winternationals than on any found on traditional road cars. This helps drivers’ stay on the ready line until the right moment to leap ahead of the competition. To keep everything running properly, the SRT Performance Pages on the Uconnect system has a display just for intake temperature, so you know how long to wait between your runs for maximum power.
While it’s less than ideal as a daily driver and performs best with a solitary seat in the driver’s cockpit, Dodge has once again demonstrated their commitment to ridiculous automotive engineering and driving thrills. There will only be 3,000 Demons produced for American drivers in the 2018 model year, so expect some friendly competition to find your own.