Written by Jessica Baumgardner

The growl stirred something deep within our soul, the squeal captivated us, and the enigma kept us wanting. We waited patiently for twelve weeks as Dodge revealed tantalizing previews of the long-rumored Demon, building our anticipation to nearly deranged levels.

They said a street/strip car couldn’t been done, but Dodge built it anyway. With unstoppable courage, FCA Head of Passenger Cars, Timothy Kuniskis, made the decision to build the Demon in secret until top brass could no longer ignore the monster banging in its cage. Dodge aggressively blazed a trail forward, aiming to make the Demon “the most technologically advanced, street legal production drag car ever.” Not just a drag car, Dodge hopes to transcend the muscle car segment and bring the Demon to the forefront of the general car market.

This car is making history – Whether you’re a fan or not, there is no denying the courage that it took Dodge to make this magnificent beast. On April 11, 2017, the eve of the New York International Auto Show, the restraints would no longer hold.

Behold, the Dodge Demon!

Boasting 840-horsepower, the Demon is the fastest production car in history!

With 840 horsepower and 770 pounds-feet of torque from its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Demon V-8 engine, the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the most-powerful muscle car ever and the highest horsepower V-8 production car engine ever produced. Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Cars — Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America, unveiled the car at a star-studded event in New York on Tuesday, April 11. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the first-ever production car to do a front-wheel lift as certified by Guinness World Records.

The Demon’s heart beats with a supercharged 2.7L V8 engine that snarls at you from under the hood. Make no mistake, the engine is not a tuned up Hellcat, it’s an all new creation.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s standard Air-Grabber™ intake system features a significantly larger air box that is sealed and ducted to the hood scoop.
Custom Demon diecast emblem located on the cover the 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI® Demon V-8 engine.

Leaving the start line at 1.8 Gs, this beast throws 770 pound-feet of torque, transferring over a ton of mass into the rear of the car causing the front to lift into a wheelie! The Demon even gained the Guinness World Record for longest wheelie from a standing start in a production car reaching 2.92 feet.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the world’s first production car to lift the front wheels at launch. It set the world record for longest wheelie from a standing start by a production car at 2.92 feet, certified by Guinness World Records.

One second after you’ve hit the gas your already hurling down the track at 30-MPH, then 60-MPH in 2.3 seconds. There you are, about to complete the fastest quarter mile a production car has ever seen, hitting the finish line in 9.65 seconds. To some this is too fast, specifically the NHRA – they’ve banned the Demon from the track. While skeptics may view this as a bad thing, Dodge sees it as an achievement and the street credit is off the charts.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge also made the decision to be the first to put drag radials on a production car, these tires have been around for years and no one has done it.  The rubber grips and pulls at the track, giving it ultimate restraint for its breakneck launch.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is factory equipped with Nitto NT05R street-legal drag radials, measuring 12.6 inches wide and developed specifically for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon using a new compound and unique tire construction. The added traction and higher profile of these new tires allow the Challenger SRT Demon to handle higher launch torque loads.

If that isn’t cool enough, the sticky Nitto tires partnered with Brembo Brakes can slow the car from 60-MPH to zero in less then 100 feet, pretty impressive if you account for the Demon’s weight.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon features exclusive Hole-Shot, five-spoke 18×11-inch lightweight aluminum wheels.

The vision for this car was to make a drag car that could also be modified for the comfort of an everyday driver. Equipped with a four-point harness and only a driver seat, Dodge chose to keep the seats out to give the drag lovers less weight, however, you can purchase the passenger and back seat for only a dollar each.

Standard drag-race inspired interior configuration of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has driver seat only; first-ever factory-production Challenger with a front passenger seat delete.

Dodge has many loyal fans. So many in fact, that the new brand ambassador for Dodge is none other than The Fast and the Furious series star, Vin Diesel. The Demon even makes a debut in the newest film, The Fate of the Furious. As Vin says, “Welcome to the Brotherhood of Muscle”.

In a USA TODAY Money and Tech interview at NYIAS, Tim Kuniskis revealed that Dodge will only be releasing 3,300 vehicle globally (3,000 in America). With no set MSRP at of yet, Tim Kuniskis assured consumers that it would be under $100,000, so start saving your pennies.

Dodge has done it! They’ve beaten the odds, pushed the limits, uncaged their courage, and released the first-ever street legal drag car. The unveiling was like a theme park ride, the crowd shivered and screamed with anticipation and the best part is, Dodge did not let us down!

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