When it comes to high performance pony cars, many consumers think of Dodge, Chevrolet, and Ford. The top contenders for the muscle car market are the Dodge Challenger, Chevrolet Corvette, and Ford Mustang. Thanks to the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Dodge name will be holding the gold medal of muscle cars for years to come. Even with their latest incarnations, neither the Mustang nor the Corvette can match the Demon’s racing times, and no other automaker has done what Dodge did to make the SRT Demon a reality.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the only vehicle made to be a drag strip racer from the moment it hits the lot. Many cars can be tuned up with aftermarket components and engineering, such as the infamous Chevy Corvette Exorcist, one aftermarket creation designed to take on the Dodge Challenger Demon. The Dodge SRT Demon is made to be the end all muscle car with a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine that can generate up to 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque.
Those numbers aren’t even the standard. The only way consumers can achieve that kind of output is by making use of the parts and accessories found in the Dodge Demon Crate. Does that still count as factory produced? Maybe there’s a little controversy there, but when it comes to racing times, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon speaks for itself, able to accelerate from 0-60 mph and finish a quarter mile faster than the big names in the muscle car market, including the Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder.
Other features never before seen on a factory produced muscle car is the ability to run on 100+ high octane fuel. Again, consumers need to modify the Challenger SRT Demon with the Demon Crate to make use of this fuel, but it’s the only way to push the Demon to its max potential. Fueled up and modified, the Challenger SRT Demon is also the only factory produced vehicle to pop a wheelie (for 2.92 feet!) after launch, thanks to its launch control that can cut the power to the torque while revving up the engine.
Nitto drag radials come standard with the Dodge SRT Demon, offering the highest grip levels of any car produced before. When able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds with 1.8 G-force, grip is definitely necessary. While discussing all of this great performance, one may wonder how the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon isn’t falling apart when it hits its max speed of 168 mph. That comes down to its technology, design, and engineering. Take the “Air-Grabber” hood scoop for instance. Doubling as a design choice and a performance component, this is the largest functional hood scoop on any production vehicle, covering 45.2 square inches of the SRT Demon’s hood and sucking up 1,150 cubic feet per minute.
Did you know the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was originally supposed to be supplied with a roll cage? Not legal for the street, everyday drivers can’t order the roll cage with their SRT Demon, and Dodge can’t equip it from the factory. However, designed with a roll cage in mind, if taking the Challenger SRT Demon to the raceway, a cage can be installed. After all, there is enough space.
Looking at the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon standard features, one can tell its weight is severely reduced. Now, of course this isn’t anything new. Both, the 2018 Jeep Wrangler JL and the 2019 Ram 1500 have reduced their weight by 200+ pounds. This was achieved by making components and parts out of aluminum. The SRT Demon takes another approach by removing the front passenger seat, the rear passenger bench seat, and limiting the basic setup to cloth upholstery and a 2-speaker sound system. No other vehicle has gone that far as of yet.
Technology and Engineering
A lot of new engineering and even some new technology went into the creation of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Have you heard of the SRT Power Chiller? Awarded with the 2017 “Best of What’s New” award by Popular Science, the SRT Power Chiller is one of the main new pieces of tech that make the Dodge SRT Demon capable of such high performance. Able to reroute the cooling air of the a/c system through an intercooler and into the engine, the SRT Power Chiller can keep the engine cool race after race.
If we’re counting, did you know 97 new parts have been integrated into the Demon’s engine, including a new crankshaft, new connecting rods, new pistons, a new steel camshaft, and a new valvetrain to make its high performance even possible? And that’s not all. The SRT Demon’s drivetrain/driveline also got some new changes. So many that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon won the Driveline Technology of the Year Award from Roadshow Shift (Roadshow by CNET) while hanging around the 2018 Detroit Auto Show 2018/North American International Auto Show.
If we’re really looking at it, the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon SRT really has changed the muscle car market, and in a sense, the industry. Do you agree? Let us know on Miami Lakes Automall social media. Interested in the power a Dodge vehicle can deliver? Take a test drive of any of the 2018 Dodge Challenger models found in our inventory.