2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Hotter than the Hellcat

“The SRT Demon will be a very limited production car, which will sell out quickly and is already a future collectors item. You will have to be quick if you want one…”

It looks like the Dodge Challenger Hellcat with its 700hp hemi engine may have to move over as FCAs halo car if the new 2018 Challenger SRT Demon has its way. Under development as set for release in 2017, the Demon is a unique production muscle car set up for high performance drag racing. Dodge apparently has not backed off on the cars technical specs. The Demon is designed to maximize performance on the drag strip with increased traction, increased weight transfer and increased torque multiplication.

But before you rush out and plunk what may be over $80,000 US or in excess of $100,000 Canadian, beware the Challenger is all about Drag Strip performance. To that end, according to the tantalizing dribs and drabs of information Dodge is releasing, the specs are impressive. The engine is rumored to be an even more powerful version of the 700 horsepower Hemi V8 found on the Challenger Hellcat. Instead the tweaked supercharged and intercooled Hemi V-8 will deliver an estimated peak horsepower figure at 815 and torque at more than 700 lb-ft; hooked up with a super-duty automatic transmission optimized for drag racing and equipped with a high stall speed torque converter.

Exterior modifications are said to comprise fatter fender flares, and P315/40R-18 Nitto NT05R drag radial tires with minimum tread that will pass as barely legal.  An extra-wide Demon specific hood scoop and dual headlight/airflow vents will also be part of the package. The Demon will also be much lighter than the current very heavy Challenger; with an estimated 232 pound weight loss diet, thanks to removing the back seat, sound insulation, trunk trim, lighter brakes and roll bars, and even the option of taking out the passenger seat!

There will also be a new four-point harness bar, available through Speedlogix, for use while at the track. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s rear seat is deleted and mounting points are made accessible, making it easy for customers to install the safety bar without cutting or drilling anything in the car.

While the high performance version of Demon approaches supercar –like parameters, there is added stress on the Challenger SRT Demon’s driveline. Compared with the Challenger Hellcat, critical driveline updates include: Upgraded prop shaft increases torque capacity by 15 percent: the rear differential housing is upgraded, with 30 percent increased torque capacity. In addition, 41-spline half shafts are delivered with 20 percent increased torque capacity.

Then the SRT engineers also isolated and resolved one of the biggest challenges to clean Drag car launches and driveline integrity – wheel hop on hard acceleration.   High torque spikes can quickly and severely damage driveline components on drag-race starts- Not with the Challenger SRT Demon. In a first for a factory production car, the SRT Demon’s Launch Assist uses the wheel speed sensors to watch for signs that the tires are slipping/sticking. If slip is detected, the SRT Demon’s control module momentarily reduces engine torque to maximize traction almost instantly – without the driver having to lift. Launch Assist reduces loads in the driveline from wheel hop by more than 15-20 percent, dramatically reducing component damage.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be unveiled at the 2017 New York auto show in April 2017.  Pricing is expected to start at $80,000 US or in excess of $100,000 Canadian. The Demon will be a very limited production car, which will sell out quickly and is already a future collectors item. You will have to be quick if you want one as it is unsure how many will be built and destined for Canada