We’re now several weeks into the month-long tease leading up to the reveal of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at the New York International Auto Show. That has led us to a question; what about the Charger? When Dodge did the Hellcat, they brought along a Charger afterwards to make the most-powerful production 4-door sedan in the world. Could they repeat it with the Demon?
We speculated about this before, but figured it deserved a bit of a follow-up.
We now know that the Demon went on a pretty serious weight-loss diet to shed 232 pounds (though it’s only 215 pounds lighter overall). Part of that reduction came from removing all of the seats — except for the driver’s seat. Seats are, believe it or not, heavy. For a car that has a purpose of going fast at the drag strip, weight is the enemy.
So it would seem pretty silly to offer the car up in a four-door version if there’s going to be no rear seats. The extra doors add weight, and why have them if there are no seats in the back for people to sit in?
Well, there could be a couple of reasons to offer the car up in Charger form. First, remember that the Charger Hellcat is faster — according to Dodge’s testing — than the Challenger. It’ll do 204 miles-per-hour compared to the Challenger’s 199 mph. Also, in their own testing the Charger was faster in the quarter-mile than the Challenger. So it would seem to us that a Charger makes sense.
Also, have we ruled out the possibility that the seats in the Challenger can be added back after the sale? Remember Porsche offers up their track-focused cars with no radio and no climate control, but allow you to have the car custom-built with those components added back — at no extra cost. They know that some buyers are going to use their cars every day, or at least want some creature comforts. Perhaps Dodge will be in the same boat?
If that’s the case and seats can be added back, then it’d make even more sense to offer the car in Charger form.
Finally, there’s the badassness of it all. While a 2-door muscle coupe tearing it up at the drag strip is cool, it’s even more cool to see the Charger do it. Let’s face it, Dodge is in the business of doing stuff that is badass.
We don’t think we’ll see a Charger Demon any time soon — the New York show is for the Challenger — but we wouldn’t be entirely surprised to see it show up later on this year. Because why not?