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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Everything We Know (July 2017)

Last updated: July 7, 2017 8:58 pm EDT

One of the biggest announcements of 2017 is surely going to be the reveal of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. Because of all the hype around the car, we figured we’d bring everything we know together in one place, and keep it constantly updated. Bookmark this page so you can always know the latest and greatest as soon is it occurs. This is part of our continuing Everything You Need to Know series.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Key Stats

  • Horsepower: 840 horsepower
  • Torque: 770 lb-ft
  • 0-60 mph: 2.3 seconds
  • 1/4 mile time: 9.65 seconds @ 140 mph
  • Price: $84,995 (excluding destination at $1,095) – additional options $1 each

CHECK OUT: Demon Specs Provided at Reveal

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Live Stream Reveal and Repeat

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Reveal Podcast

We went live shortly after the reveal with Christian Moe of Grip the Wheel and Shannon Robb, Marketing Director at AVA Direct and longtime car builder to talk about our first impressions of the Demon!

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: What Is It?

According to Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis, “The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is conceived, designed and engineered for a subculture of enthusiasts who know that a tenth is a car and a half second is your reputation.” Based on that information, we’re expecting the Challenger SRT Demon to be a hardcore version of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. The Hellcat, if you remember, makes 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Horsepower

The Dodge Demon, on 91 pump gas, makes 808 horsepower. On 100 octane race gas it makes 840 horsepower. It makes 770 lb-ft of torque.

At this point, we don’t know how much the horsepower and torque the Demon will make. Presumably, the new car will make more power than the 707 horsepower that the Hellcat currently makes, but at this point Dodge hasn’t said anything on the matter. We’ve been told that the Hellcat engine can handle more power easily, so it’s probably not difficult for Dodge to turn up the juice.

The latest video, called Wide Body, shows off a burnout. But with that burnout is the obvious whine of a supercharger for forced induction, just like on the Hellcat.

We believe, if the customizable plate teaser is true, that the new 2018 Demon will make 757 horsepower. When they announced the Hellcat, all the press photos had the radio station set to “70s on 7.” That was a teaser for the 707 horsepower the car makes. This new plate has a serial number of “0757.” We also know that the Hellcat HEMI can make more power than what it currently does, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see this being the final, real number.

Each Demon Crate is personalized for its owner with a serialized

The number 757 appears again in the “Performance Pages” video, along with the time of 7:57 on the Uconnect screen.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Exterior

Spy shots appear to show the Challenger SRT Demon wearing a wide body kit. Also, there’s a larger air intake on the hood, which is surely functional, to keep whatever is under the hood nice and cool.

Also, check out the video below of Vin Diesel talking about the latest Fast and Furious movie he’s in. It looks like he’s standing in front of 2 Dodge Challenger Demons.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Interior

Those same spy shots also show the interior of the Demon. Since it’s still pre-production, we aren’t sure if any of this is final.

It turns out the interior is going to be significantly different than that of the Challenger SRT Hellcat. In an effort to save weight, most NVH components are gone. Also gone are the radio’s speakers — except for the ones in the doors — and both the passenger and rear seats are removed.

If it could be cut or changed to save weight, it’s done so.

If you want to add the seats back that are removed, they’re $1 each.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Performance

Dodge removed approximately 200 lbs of weight from the Demon in order to improve performance. Most of that weight reduction comes from lighter-weight wheels and brakes. While it’s still not a light car, the Demon’s weight reduction will be much appreciated at the drag strip and on the racetrack.

The video Dodge released highlighting the weight reduction of the car also shows — briefly — some of the under-the-shell components. There was talk that the new SRT Demon would be all-wheel drive to improve traction, but based on that video it doesn’t look like there’s an all-wheel drive system there.

Some of the spy shots we’ve seen of what appears to be a Demon fully-exposed shows some super sticky, barely street legal tires. While they’ll be rubbish in the rain, a stickier set of tires, especially if they’re wider, would help performance a lot.

We do believe the tires will be wider, too, because those same spy shots show wider fender flares on the new car. A wide body kit would be needed to house the bigger wheels and tires.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be the first production car to have drag radials from the factory. They are 18 x 11-inch wheels and “Demon Branded” 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R tires front and rear.

Dodge removed 232 pounds of weight from the vehicle to make the SRT Demon 215 pounds less heavy than the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Some components, like the brakes, are actually smaller and less-effective. This is purely going to be a drag car, and probably too bonkers to drive every day.

Each person who buys a Demon gets a customized plate with their name. They also get a tool kit with Demon-branded tools to set up their car for the street or for the drag strip.

The Demon Crate holds 18 components that maximize the 2018 Dodge

We also have reason to believe, based on what CEO Tim Kuniskis has said in the past about 1/4 mile times and reputation that the Dodge Challenger Demon will be an automatic transmission only car.

A video called “Lock and Load” confirms that the Demon will have an automatic transmission brake, meaning a manual transmission is extremely unlikely.

Combined with the tires, the Demon has some serious driveline components that increase the launch thrust of the car 35% more than that of the Hellcat.

Different drive modes, including an all-new Drag Mode, help eek out every last bit of performance from the Demon. But it’s not designed to be all-things to all-buyers, but rather a car setup to dominate at the drag strip first and foremost.

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In addition to a cool Demon-branded harness bar, the Demon has seriously upgraded race-hardened performance parts.

Speaking of cool stuff, keeping the car cool run after run is extremely important. In the Performance Pages, there’s a race cool down function that does just that. Additionally, there are all sorts of drag mode settings in the Performance Pages for each driver to set up their Demon the exact way they want it.

A Torque Reserve system helps improve launches by priming the supercharger without the rear wheels braking traction.

To keep intake temperatures low, the Demon uses the car’s air conditioner to keep things cool.

The Demon will run on 100 octane high-output race gas right from the factory.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Price

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon starts at $84,995 before destination. Many options are an additional $1.

Pricing is currently unknown for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, but expect it to be more expensive than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat that starts at $64,195. We’ve asked you what how much you think the Demon will go on sale for.

According to the results of our poll so far, a large number of you think the car is going to cost over $100,ooo USD when it goes on sale! A total of 3,000 of the cars will be sold in the United States, and 300 in Canada. Dodge is trying to prevent people from selling the cars over M.S.R.P.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon On-Sale Date

Orders are being taken now for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and Dodge is doing something interesting to prevent dealerships from marking up the car. The higher the customer pays for the car, the longer they have to wait to get it.

Because it’s a 2018 model, we expect it to go on sale in the fall of 2017. Though Dodge hasn’t set a release date yet. That’ll hopefully be revealed at the New York auto show.

What About a Dodge Charger Demon?

Dodge hasn’t said anything yet, but we aren’t ruling out the possibility that it might happen. They did it with the Charger Hellcat, after all.

If you are interested in a Dodge Charger Demon, check out our special page devoted to everything we know about the Charger Demon.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Videos

Here’s the first teaser video Dodge revealed, called Cage;

Here’s the second teaser video, called Reduction;

The third teaser video, called Wide Body, shows off the drag radials and a huge burnout. You can also hear the whine of the supercharger;

The fourth teaser video is called Crate;

This video is called Multiplication;

This video is called Third Law, and invokes Issac Newton;

Race-hardened Parts;

Performance Pages;

No Pills;

Lock and Load;

No Ice;

Fuel;

Judgement Day;

Someone on Twitter suggested that this is a Demon in testing, though the car looks like a pretty standard Hellcat with manufacturer plates. “M” plated cars don’t mean they’re prototypes, as the press often are in cars with manufacturer plates on them for testing, especially in the Detroit area.

Vin Diesel talking about the new Fast and Furious movie in front of what appear to be two 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vehicles;

https://youtu.be/HdZNmrp7ahU

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Spy Shots

This is going to be fun! #Demon photo by @dtownmuscle

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Lordy. @sinister_z07 just posted this. Could it be? #Demon

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About Chad Kirchner

Chad Kirchner is the Editor-in-Chief of Future Motoring, along with the main host and producer of the Future Motoring podcast. In addition to his work here, he's a freelance automotive journalist for outlets around the world.

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