2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the Strongest Muscle Car ever Made

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon review

You have probably heard of the Challenger but are wondering what the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon might be. Well in fact it is supposed to be the next step for the Challenger model as it is a newly appointed vehicle which promises to shake the very foundations of the industry that it is competing in. It is a very powerful car which is very much capable to be used for any kind of a race and brings immense power. It even topples the output brought from the Hellcat model which was released recently.

Dodge realized that their Challenger model is getting dated. It is probably the oldest muscle car in the industry as it had various incarnations so far. It was brought back in 2008 after a 25-year long absence as its fourth-generation incarnation. But the design was no match for the Mustang and Camaro models which received redesigns quite recently but what managed to hold the Challenger brand afloat is the ability to use some very powerful powertrains. This was proven with the Hellcat redesign which came in 2015 which brought an output of about 700 horses, but the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a version which will go beyond that.

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First teased in January of last year and followed up by many teases and pictures which were all unofficial, the car was finally provided in New York for the first time. Since its release date is not imminent and is getting closer, the fans would want to find out as much as they could from this model. We present to you all the currently available information about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

When is the Release Date of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Expected?

Following the showcasing in New York, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is ready for its release. The manufacturers have not given us an exact date for now but the vehicle is supposed to become available by the end of this year. You may expect the release date for the very end of 2017.

What is the Provided Price?

There is no telling how much will the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon cost. But if the output is so grand and the options are immense, we are not only looking at the strongest Challenger but also the most expensive one. The base version costs $27,100, while the Hellcat model has a base MSRP of $64,195, which would in our mind bring the Demon to a price of around $80,000 without options.

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Exterior Style

Style wise the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is not so much different than the Hellcat model. In fact, it mostly looks like a beefed-up version of the Hellcat and it clearly indicates that this version hides a lot of power underneath it. The front part of the car gives us a hint with a bulging hood which tells us that it hides an immensely powerful engine underneath and the splitter is also changed. Add to that the enormous wheel arches and it is a clear sighting about what this car offers.

The side of the car gives us more indications about the Demon’s power. Some not-so-subtle hints are the wide fenders and much thicker tires which give the vehicle a very aggressive stance. The rear end is actually a carbon copy of the Hellcat, and if there were no flared fenders one could easily mistake this car for the Hellcat model. The vehicle will also offer 14 paint jobs to choose from all with a specific style.

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Inside Updates

The same story follows the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon on the inside. It is essentially a Hellcat car which was based on the revised Challenger which came in 2015. The only difference is the addition of Demon badges which are seem in the headrests, the steering wheel and the instrument cluster. But the most interesting part about the 2018 SRT Demon is that it only has a driver’s seat as standard, other seats are excluded from the offer. This is done in order to ensure the lightest circumstances for racing and make the car as light as possible. But if you really want to add seats you can do that for 1 dollar per seat. So you can easily change your one-seater into a 5-seater if you wish to do so. As far as the driver’s seat goes you can chose either Alcantara suede or Laguna leather for a premium look. Besides this there are a lot race inspired goods added for the car which would excite the most hardcore racing fans.

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The Fun Comes with the Engine

Under the hood of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is where all the action comes from. The Demon continues to borrow from the Hellcat but only takes the supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine and redesigns it, leaving it to have very little in common with the engine it is based on. The changes included are a larger, 2.7-liter supercharger, a higher rpm limit, increased boost pressure and many more. The total output amounts to 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, which is an upgrade compared to the Hellcat of 133 hp and 120 lb-ft of torque.

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Top Speed and 0-60 mph

Thanks to the upgrades made for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the vehicle is able to provide class leading specs when it comes to acceleration. The model will be able to race to 0-60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, making it faster than any other muscle car out there. The top speed is rated so somewhere around 190 mph now.

Fuel Economy Stats

Well it is pretty hard to talk about the fuel economy of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon because there are no ways to save fuel if you want to go fast, and you are going to go fast with the Demon. Instead of making any assumptions and trying to come out with a feasible figure we will just say a lot, it consumes pretty much a lot of fuel and is pretty hard to maintain this kind of a vehicle.

The Dimensions of the Car

The size of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is going to be a bit similar to the Hellcat, but ultimately offers its own numbers when it comes to the size. The vehicle’s length is measured to 197.5 inches and it has a wheelbase of 116.2 inches. The height is therefore 57.4 inches and the width of the car amounts to 78.8 inches. The curb weight is 4,280 Lbs.

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Safety Regulations

One thing which is interesting about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is that one would need to obtain certain regulatory pieces for this kind of a car. This is mostly meant for drag racing as it is allowed to do that but with a specific racing license added safety equipment which will come besides the standard offering. This is a rule which is imposed by the NHRA which regulates these kinds of things for the racing community. But the Demon will come with all the standard safety equipment which you see in the Hellcat.

Rivaling Models

There are not many vehicle on the market that could rival the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in its current state. The newest Challenger version has really put an unconceivable task for other vehicles to follow and it would be really hard to see a muscle car which could make the same kind of offerings as the Demon des. Cars which come to mind are the Shelby GTE and the Hennessey Camaro ZL1 The Exorcist, which are clearly in not in the same category but can prove to be comparable in power.

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