6.2-litre V8-powered Challenger can go from 0-60mph in 2.3sec and claims the fastest quarter-mile record for a production car

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the 840bhp and 770lb ft-producing brute that was revealed at the New York motor show, has been spotted in the US running with a narrow body.

This comes as a surprise, because the model, which is capable of popping wheelies off the line, had hitherto only been seen in wide-arched form. The new sighting suggests that the Demon's motor will be available with the narrower chassis setup of regular Challengers, likely with a lower price.

Using Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)'s familiar 6.2-litre Hemi V8 to achieve its peak power figure, the Demon eclipses the Challenger Hellcat’s 707bhp thanks to a larger supercharger, 14.5psi boost pressure, 6500rpm redline, additional dual-stage fuel pump and upgraded induction system. It requires 100-octane fuel to hit its peak power; otherwise, it runs at 808bhp, as shown on the spotted car's infotainment system.

The car’s power reserve and performance allows it to claim the Guinness World Record for the fastest quarter-mile of any production car – 9.65sec - as well as being one of the fastest-accelerating production cars in the world, being capable of 0-60mph in 2.3sec.

Under acceleration, the car was the first ever production car to pull a wheelie, with the front wheels lifting by 89cm.

Dodge also claims the car produces 1.8g when accelerating, which is the highest reading recorded yet for a production car, while the car’s bonnet scoop is the largest functional bonnet scoop on any production car.

Options on the SRT Demon include deletion of the front and rear passenger seats; $1 each, while a Transbrake – a system that locks the transmission output shaft for quicker launches – is standard. A 'Demon Crate' containing tools, performance parts and other accessories is also included.

The Demon is limited to 3300 units across the USA and Canada, with first deliveries taking place in the autumn. SRT Demon buyers receive a one-day driving tutorial for high-performance driving. A price for the car hasn't been revealed yet, but it's expected to far exceed the £52,000 imported price of the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

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12 April 2017
How is the Demon rated 829bhp? If the car is rated 840hp SAE, then brake horsepower should be greater. SAE is net horsepower rating, brake horsepower is gross horsepower. And the same should be said about the Hellcat, it isn't rated 707bhp.

12 April 2017
9.65 ? Really, that's quicker than a P1, LaFerrari, 918 etc. With its weight, and well known traction issues that does not seem credible in any way, shape or form.

12 April 2017
So it can alledgedly do 2.3sec to sixty,if they were that confident with the product,home come they only make em in left hand drive,why no right hand drive?,it can't be money,nope I don't care if it did 300mph too,if you can't do global then it don't count!

Peter Cavellini.

13 April 2017
Poor Cavellini...yes, this hotrod is only for those of us here on the proper side of the pond...I am afraid you guys in Europe are just too sissy to deserve this beauty....so you guys get to continue driving those wonderful diesel Golfs and Jettas...

15 April 2017
FRI2 wrote:

Poor Cavellini...yes, this hotrod is only for those of us here on the proper side of the pond...I am afraid you guys in Europe are just too sissy to deserve this beauty....so you guys get to continue driving those wonderful diesel Golfs and Jettas...

Do you think it is value for money?,only good value on your side of the pond because your imperial is about half ours,so it would cost twice as much to run one here,and,if it was so good,wouldn't you as the maker want to sell it globally make more profit for the share holders?,nope,nice try,but Cars with half that here are twice the fun!

Peter Cavellini.

4 August 2017
Peter Cavellini wrote:
FRI2 wrote:

Poor Cavellini...yes, this hotrod is only for those of us here on the proper side of the pond...I am afraid you guys in Europe are just too sissy to deserve this beauty....so you guys get to continue driving those wonderful diesel Golfs and Jettas...

Do you think it is value for money?,only good value on your side of the pond because your imperial is about half ours,so it would cost twice as much to run one here,and,if it was so good,wouldn't you as the maker want to sell it globally make more profit for the share holders?,nope,nice try,but Cars with half that here are twice the fun!

I'd love one of these and have one if they produced in right hand drive, but any intelligent person can work out why they don't, it doesn't make it a bad car. Maybe the next gen could work in some guises.

Which cars over here do you feel are twice the fun? What else did you find out from your road test of the Demon?

Do you ever consider how pompous you sound with your idiotic comments?

12 April 2017
Let me get this straight. It adds 137 hp over the Hellcat, or less than 20%, yet improves the 1/4 mile time from around 11.7 seconds to 9.65? I don't see that even with drag tires. And they are going to sell a car that lifts its front wheels 3 feet in the air when you floor it? Bubba is going to be so dead.

12 April 2017
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15 April 2017
They should have called it the Dodge Challenger Bullshit. Largest bonnet scoop? What the fucking hell does that matter. A washing machine will go that fast if a big enough engine is strapped to it, but that wouldn't make it any good as a car. Does it stop, turn, absorb bumps like a good car should? I'll guess it probably doesn't.

As to doing a wheelie. 89cm. Is that a misprint? That's nearly a fucking yard. And people write on here about the dangers of diesel superminis.

And it's a dollar to have each seat missing. Surely even the Americans aren't stupid enough to install them and then take them straight out again, so that means they're charging extra to not do the work. And if the unfitted seats don't come with it it's even more ridiculous.

It's times like this I get an inkling of why so many Americans shoot each other.

I don't need to put my name here, it's on the left

 

4 August 2017

Wish they would bring these over to the UK. Although too late in the day for this cycle to consider I guess.

But the Mustang has proved there is a market here for Muscle for those so bored by overpriced German diesels.

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