After a number of teasers, Dodge today unveiled its much-awaited Challenger SRT Demon that it claims to be the fastest muscle car in the world. The barely street-legal factory muscle car will go on sale in fall and has also broken the record for the world’s fastest quarter-mile in a production car, certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). The price tag for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon however, has not been revealed.
If you read that headline and were wondering whether it is actually faster than the Tesla Model S (with its highest spec), Motortrend claims that it actually is; provided what Dodge claims it can do is true. Oh yes and it can pull off wheelies as well thanks to all those weight savings.
If you haven’t figured out from the headline, this is a car that has been built for straight line performance. It sits lower, wider and is lighter as well after shedding 91 kgs of weight which includes every other seat, carpeting, hollow anti-roll bars, and even smaller brakes. You can buy the second front seat, but its optional.
The wheels are 18 x 11 inches 315/40R18 Nitto street-legal drag radial tires with specific NTO 5R compound.
And now for the stuff that matters. The Demon offers an engine that is the same as that on the Hellcat, but adds 97 new parts to the mix. The 6.2-litre Hellcat V-8 engine delivers 808 horsepower and 717lb-ft of torque on 91 octane gas and 840 hp along with 770lb-ft of torque on 100-plus high-octane fuel (for track use). This delivers a 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds and a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds (at 140 mph). Oddly there is an Eco mode that limits the power range to 500hp and starts in second gear.
Dodge plans to build 3,300 Demons in Ontario and 3,000 going to the US and 300 for Canada.
Publish date: April 12, 2017 11:28 am| Modified date: April 12, 2017 11:42 am