Shortly after the craziness of the 2017 North American International Auto Show subsided — even if this year wasn’t that crazy — Dodge decided they wanted to tease us for an upcoming auto show and an upcoming automobile. Coming up in New York later this spring Dodge is going to debut the Challenger SRT Demon.
What in the Hellcat is a Demon — aside from a relic in Dodge’s past? Tim Kuniskis, head of Dodge, had this to say;
“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.”
And that’s it. That’s all we really know about the Demon. But, as automotive journalists and professional “make-stuff-up” writers, we have theories. We asked some professionals in the industry what their thoughts are on the Demon and what to expect in New York.
Chris Tonn – The Truth About Cars
Dodge’s Demon concept has been everywhere this week, even though the teaser website doesn’t yet show the car. Speculation is all we have, so I’ll weigh in. I’m guessing that it will be an all-wheel drive, wide-bodied, 800+hp beast. Tim Kuniskis’ statement about an “automotive subculture” clearly refers to drag racing, and we’ve seen that the (forgive me, Subaru) beauty of all-wheel drive can make a huge difference when putting down power on a drag strip. The new AWD Challenger GT is only available with a V6, but certainly some Mopar engineers have experimented with Hellcat power.
Nicole Wakelin – BestRide
Everyone pretty much lost their minds with excitement over the Challenger SRT Hellcat. Dodge has to push hard if it’s going to make lightning strike twice with the SRT Demon. It’s set to be an enthusiasts car, so a manual transmission is a must, along with, plenty of completely unnecessary but undeniably cool Demon badging. And horsepower. I’d say 666, but that’s the wrong direction. How about 999? Yeah, that works for me.
Hansen Lukman – Shifting Lanes
The Challenger SRT Demon will be the Hellcat 2.0: More grip and more power. With the new Dodge Challenger available with an all-wheel-drive configuration, I wouldn’t be surprised if the upcoming top of the line SRT car sends that power to all four corners. I also suspect it will be riding on massively wide rubbers and pushing close to the 850 horsepower region. If the Demon does not go AWD then Dodge should really rename it to what it really is: The SRT Grim Reaper.
What are YOU expecting out of the all-new Challenger Demon?