UPDATE: Dodge revealed the Demon and there is no mention of a manual transmission.
Enthusiasts love manual transmissions. Whenever a car isn’t offered one that they think should have one, they head to the internet to express their displeasure in the company’s decision to not offer one. But sometimes a manual transmission doesn’t make sense. In the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, is it possible that the car will only have an automatic transmission?
We think it might be. When Dodge first talked about the Demon debuting at the 2017 New York International Auto Show later this spring, Tim Kuniskis said this;
“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.”
Porsche has known this for years with their track cars, and drag racers have known for even longer that if you want consistent acceleration times, you want an automatic. Now that automatic transmissions can consistently shift faster than humans — the ZF 8-Speed in the Hellcat is a prime example — a manual transmission just slows you down.
In a car where 500 milliseconds — half a second — is your reputation, would you leave your reputation up to your ability to swap cogs, or would you rather trust a computer designed to do it perfectly every single time?
We’ll know more, of course, as the car gets closer to launch. But we wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if the 8-speed automatic is the only transmission offered in the Challenger Demon.
Get your pitch forks and torches ready. If you want to practice, you can express your displeasure at our crazy ideas in the comments sections below. We know you want to!