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Will the Dodge Challenger Demon Be Automatic Only?

Last updated: April 12, 2017 11:26 am EDT

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;

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“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.

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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!

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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  • Trevor McManaway

    Of course they won’t offer it with a manual transmission only real car guys drive a manual and dodge doesn’t really offer manual cars they offer them when they want to and as for that comment about leaving your reputation up to your ability to change gears if your car does all the work for you and all you do is let off the trans brake and keep it straight I would rather leave my reputation up to my ability to drive the damn car not let it do all the work on its own

  • Aaron Ocello

    I can’t be forced or told to check out: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – Everything You Need to Know. I can’t be forced or told to get my pitch forks and torches ready. I can’t be forced or told check out: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – Everything You Need to Know. I can’t be forced or told get my pitch forks and torches ready. Oh and I don’t care what you say a computer will never be able to shift as well as I can. I don’t know I think dodge is onto the air of guys wanting manuals again I mean fucking look they made a demon. I influenced the re era of muscle. They’re young enough and seem into it enough.

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