The Demon was officially revealed at the New York Auto Show today, as well as a whole list of details will come with it. But to give you an idea of just how much research and development has been done in the creation of this wicked muscle car, it has a claimed 0-60 time of just 2.3 seconds! That’s almost a full second faster than the Hellcat’s time of 3.1 seconds, and that much of an improvement is extremely difficult to come by. What might be even more impressive is that the Demon will supposedly blast from 0-100mph in just 5.1 seconds. And while it may be the equivalent of comparing apples to onions, strictly looking at the specs on the drag strip that puts the Demon in a class with hypercars, like the McLaren P1, Porsche 918, and Ferrari LaFerrari just to name a few. You have to admit, it’s pretty impressive to have the Challenger Demon mentioned in the same sentence as hypercar royalty like the Holy Trinity, even if it comes with a big fat disclaimer. But that’s now the world we live in.
Dodge is making some bold claims regarding the Demon and from what we can see, they are backing them up 100%. Take for example the claims of being “the most powerful production car in the world,” and that the Demon will “absolutely dominate on both the street and the strip.” While there technically are more powerful “production” production cars out there, there isn’t a single car that can touch the Demon’s acceleration with a claimed 1/4 mile time of 9.65 seconds. Even the mighty Veyron Super Sport with its 1200hp quad turbo W16 can “only” manage a 9.7 second quarter mile time, which was the record for a production vehicle, until today.
The Hellcat, which the Demon is based on, features a 6.2L supercharged V8 that produces 707hp. And when some reports first came out about the Demon there was speculation that it would produce approximately 757hp. Which is not that big of a jump and would’ve been underwhelming to say the least had that been the actual numbers. But luckily they are not. Dodge announced they slapped a massive 6.6L supercharged V8 that will be pushing out, are you ready for this, 840hp in the Demon!
Let’s take a moment for that to sink in. There is now a production American muscle car that produces over 800hp, in stock form. That is a pretty substantial jump over the 707hp in the Hellcat and therefore somewhat justifies the long and drawn-out teaser campaign. It gets better, Dodge didn’t just slap a bigger motor in the Hellcat and call it a day. They added a whole list of features that aim towards one common goal, to make this thing as fast as possible at the drag strip.
It should be mentioned, the Demon is strictly a straight line performance car. This is what it was designed to be from the get go and the second you try and use it for anything else, like a track day, you’ll quickly be reminded of that. I wouldn’t expect it to be setting any lap records at the Nurburgring, although that’s not the point. This is the kind of car that all you want to do is take it to the drag strip every opportunity you get.
Imagine the feeling of being behind the wheel watching the yellow lights, waiting for them to go green. The entire car is shaking and growling because you just engaged the first ever production trans brake. You can feel all 840hp through your fingertips and with the smell of burnt rubber in the air after the massive line-locked burnout you just did, you’re on the point of sensory overload, the best kind. Then the light goes green and you release the trans brake and somehow the car hooks and you get thrown into the back of your seat like you’ve never felt before. You blast off a world record 2.3 second 0-60 and keep your foot planted through a world record 1/4 mile of 9.65 seconds at 140mph. That is a life changing experience for any moto enthusiast.
Dodge set out to build a street legal production drag car, and that is exactly what they’ve done. You wouldn’t think it was possible to live up to the amount of hype that was created by one of the longest and most drawn-out teaser campaigns, but as far as we can tell, it has. There’s quite a bit more to the Demon than just adding 133hp and you can expect to see full breakdowns of how Dodge pulled this off, not to mention the onslaught of street drag racing showing the Demon getting revenge on the GT350’s and GTR’sthat beat up on the Hellcat. But in the meantime, take a look at some official photos of the car and let us know what you think.