Dodge unveiled what it claims is the fastest muscle car ever: the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon with a devil of a kick– 808 horsepower and 717 lb-ft of torque on 91 octane gas for the street and a ridiculous 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque on 100-plus high-octane race fuel for the track.
There is enough launch power to pull a wheelie, and Guinness World Records certified the production car as traveling 2.92 feet with the front wheels off the ground. The Demon’s official track numbers are gaudy to say the least, with a 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds and a quarter mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Interior
The interior, however, has been so thoroughly optimized for the drag strip that you won’t be able to bring any passengers along for the thrill ride– the front and rear passenger seats have been deleted to save weight. You can option them both back into the car for $1 each, but you’ll give up 113 lbs of the Demon’s weight reduction to do so (58 lbs for the front passenger seat and seat belt, 55 lbs for the rear seat, restraints, and floor mats).
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Under the Hood
Under the bonnet, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon packs a heavily revised of the Hellcat’s supercharged 6.2-litre Hemi V8. In this iteration, the motor cranks out 626kW of power and 1044Nm of torque. This, Dodge says, makes the Demon the most powerful production V8 car ever.
Compared to the Hellcat’s engine, the Demon uses a 2.7-litre supercharger rather than 2.4-litre one, has a higher rev limit of 6500rpm, has two dual-stage fuel pumps instead of one, has increased boost pressure (up from 11.6 psi to 14.5 psi), and is capable of running on both 91- and 100-octane fuel.
Drive is delivered to the rear wheels via an upgraded eight-speed automatic transmission. The new TransBrake system aims to aid the driver with standing starts by locking the transmission shaft, allowing the engine to hit 2350rpm without overwhelming the brakes.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Prices
The Demon hits showrooms this fall with an estimated base price of $85,000, but we suspect transaction prices will be higher due to demand. Dodge will produce 3000 Demons for the 2018 model year, plus 300 for customers in Canada. There is no word whether a second model year is in the Demon’s future, but it certainly will be remembered for many years to come.