When car companies try to separate their offerings from those of their competitors you tend to get the same buzzwords; electric, connected, autonomous, efficient, safe. When it comes to Dodge and its Challenger SRT Demon you get something a little different.
Dodge is a company that has a history of being anything bu subtle, but they’ve really outdone themselves with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Put aside the fact that it only has a driver’s seat (passenger seats are an added option), the retina-burning paint job and the enormous hood scoop and revel in the lunacy of this vehicle.
The SRT Demon has 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. Jaw meet floor.
To put that in perspective, that’s 40 horsepower more than the most powerful Ferrari ever made. All that horsepower and torque makes the SRT Demon a record breaker in the real of production cars in several respects; highest horsepower ever, highest G-force ever, world’s fastest 0-60, world’s fastest 0-100, and world’s fastest 1/4-mile. Oh, and it’s the first production car to pull a wheelie off the line.
As for that quarter-mile time, it’s just 9.65 seconds, the 0-60mph time is a scant 2.3 seconds and you can get from 0-100mph in just 5.1 seconds. That’s fast. So fast, that you get to feel a full 2 Gs of acceleration off the line. In fact, it’ll beat a $1.6 million Bugatti Veyron down the quarter mile by a margin.
As for those wheelies. This nutty car will get you off the ground if you slam the gas. You’ll go a full 2.92 feet with the front wheels in the air. Oddly specific due to the fact that Dodge invited Guinness World Records out to measure the cars wheelie.
To be clear here. Dodge isn’t competing with cars like Ford’s GT350 or Chevy’s Camaro ZL1. When Dodge’s Tim Kuniskis said “We wanted to build a car for the NHRA, not the PTA,” he meant it. This is a straight line, quarter mile car made specifically for the drag strip.
No word yet on how many of these ridiculous things Dodge plans to build or what price they’ll come in at, but you can be sure every last one of them we’ll be snatched up in a few short weeks of those numbers being announced. Who wouldn’t want to drive this thing into the sunset shouting, “I live my life a quarter mile at a time!” I know I would.