In the slow rollout leading up to the reveal of the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon at the 2017 New York Auto Show, Dodge has been releasing teaser videos where “everything means something.” In their latest video, they’re touting the suspension setup to help achieve amazing times at the drag strip.
The Hellcat is a car that’s designed to be all things to all men. That means it has to be good at the drag strip, good on the track, and also good in traffic. While we can all agree that the Hellcat is a heavy car and isn’t the idea track weapon, it does a pretty solid job in the goal of being a “one size fits all” daily driver.
The Demon is going to be a bit different. Straight-line speed is priority, as is setting killer 1/4-mile times at the drag strip. That means instead of the usual array of computer controls, there is a Drag Mode option from the menu. That adjusts the car to the ideal launch situation.
Dodge provides a cryptic, like all the teasers, explanation of the tuning setup;
- 35 percent lower rate front springs/28 percent lower rate rear springs
- 75 percent lower rate hollow front sway bar/44 percent lower rate rear sway bar
- Drag-tuned Bilstein Adaptive Damping Shocks
- Rear = F/F and Front = F/S
- F/F – F/S maintained @ wide open throttle (WOT)
- F/F – F/F < WOT
- Traction control disabled/ESC maintained
Over the coming weeks we’ll be sure to document the teases from Dodge about the bonkers Demon, including more information about the computer-controlled systems to help get the car down the strip as fast as physically possible. In the meantime, be sure to check out everything we know so far about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon!