2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Historically, European performance cars have focused on handling and high speed aerodynamics, and American performance cars have focused on racing-inspired acceleration and gobs of readily available power. The lines are much more blurry today than they were decades ago and there is now considerable overlap, but one thing remains fairly constant: drag racing has been a unique influence on American muscle cars throughout the generations. That is why it's fitting that Dodge has recently announced the fastest accelerating production car in history. Another way of looking at it is that Dodge now offers a 9 second car with a 5 year/60,000 mile limited powertrain coverage warranty, and is doing so at an MSRP of $84,995. It is so fast that it was immediately banned by the NHRA. Remarkable.

The list of stats and facts about this car are insane enough that even if you heard them before, it can take a while for it all to sink in. So, 0-30 mph in 1 second; 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds; highest g-force acceleration of any production car at 1.8 g; the first production car to have significant front-wheel lift straight from the factory with 2.92 feet listed in the Guinness Book; and a 1/4 mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph.

The Demon is also the first production car with a transbrake, drag-mode launch assist, ability to run both 100+ octane fuel and 91 octane, and a torque reserve system, along with other firsts. The torque reserve system closes the superchargers's bypass valve to build boost and send more air through the engine before launching across the drag strip.

The madness is powered by an appropriately supercharged 6.2 liter Hemi V8 putting out 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque. It is fed by the largest functional hood scoop on any production car.

The Demon is the first production car to come standard with street-legal drag race tires. One unexpected but thoughtful bit of engineering is that the 315/40R18 tires on 11x18 inch wheels are fitted the same on all 4 wheels. This gives improved handling and grip in more normal driving, as well as having two sets of full sized tires at the drag strip if you opt to replace the front tires with skinny ones.

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Specifications

Price Production Weight
$84,995 -- 4,280 lbs
Engine Aspiration Torque
6.2 liter HEMI V8 supercharged & intercooled 770 ft-lb @ 4500 rpm
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight
840 HP @ 6300 rpm 135.5 HP/Liter 5.1 lbs/HP
Top Speed 0-60 mph Range
-- 2.3 sec --
Price Production Weight Engine Aspiration Torque
$84,995 -- 4,280 lbs 6.2 liter HEMI V8 supercharged & intercooled 770 ft-lb @ 4500 rpm
Power Power/Volume Power/Weight Range 0-60 mph Top Speed
840 HP @ 6300 rpm 135.5 HP/Liter 5.1 lbs/HP -- 2.3 sec --
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