2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Introduction – The Hellcat is known to be the most powerful muscle car currently on sale. With 707 horsepower it can outrun most other cars on the road all while keeping its passengers comfortable. Many thought the Hellcat would be the final form of the Charger and Challenger. However, it seems that this is not the case.
Last year the first spy shots of what seemed to be a wide-body Challenger started to surface. Later the car has been confirmed to be the upcoming 2018 Dodge Demon, an improved Hellcat aimed at drag strips. Since two months ago Dodge started to reveal more and more information about this future model. So far it seems to be quite impressive, but it is not the car everyone expected it to be.
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Price and Details
Well, at first most thought the Demon was going to be an all wheel drive Hellcat. The rumors started due to its wide body design and square stance tires. Both of these have been previously used on the original all wheel drive Challenger. From what Dodge released so far, the Demon seems to be an improved Hellcat with possibly more power and more gear installed under its skin. Instead of allowing it to corner faster it seems most upgrades are meant to make it faster through a quarter mile. Up until this point, they haven’t showcased the price, but there is no doubt about the fact the car will be more expensive than the regular model.
Design – Inside and Out
For starters, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is going to be quite a bit more aggressive than the Hellcat. Considering the original is not really a tame car, the Demon will definitely be one of the most aggressive-looking cars around. Over the regular Hellcat, the Demon boasts two air intakes where the inner headlights would be. It also seems to have more surface area to its grilles which could suggest a beefier radiator. The hood features a more prominent bulge as well as what seems to be a larger hood scoop than on the regular Hellcat. The largest change though has to be the fender flares. The Demon is wider thanks to the addition of body colored wider wheel arches. These are there not just for looks. The car does feature wider than usual tires. Unfortunately, Dodge hasn’t specified how wide the tires are, but they seem to be of a similar compound, and thread, to those found on the top end Viper. So far not much has been revealed about the cabin. Even so, it seems not much is going to change over the regular model.
2018 Dodge Demon Engine – Under the Skin Upgrades
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will feature quite a few more technologies to help it go fast. For starters, it is going to be Dodge’s first production car to feature some new drag technologies. It will offer a brake-free launch system which will increase launch boost pressure and it will provide considerably more launch torque than otherwise. This will use a transmission brake that will allow the driver to keep its feet off the brake. The system will be usable via the steering-mounted paddle shifters, so the reaction time should improve by up to 30%. However, there is a catch. This system would only work with the usual eight-speed automatic and be considering they announced it as a core feature it basically means the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be automatic only.
The 6.2 liter supercharged V8 will be carried over from the Hellcat. However, instead of 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, it may provide more. Keeping the tradition alive, not that long ago Dodge released a rather interesting image which showcased the 757 number. In the past, they showcased the 707 number which eventually turned out to be the engine’s output. If this happens again, then the 6.2-liter engine might end up with 757 horsepower and north of 700 lb-ft of torque. This would make it the most powerful muscle car once again, and it would become a real issue for most of its rivals. Thanks to the added power, beefier tires and all drag-aimed technologies, the SRT Demon might be one of the first production cars to run a 9-second quarter-mile pass which would be highly impressive.