Here’s Why Gearheads Are Freaking Out About the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Since its second-generation release in 1970, the Dodge Challenger has excited car enthusiasts with its serious power, sporty styling and luxurious interior. Now, the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon has mouths moving all over again. Here are a few reasons why.

1. Drag radials

Drag radials have never been put on a production level car – until now. The 2018 Demon is outfitted with Nitto’s NT05R 315-width drag radials in the back and front right out of the factory. That means this beast is riding on the slickest tire with enough tread to be street legal.

2. A transbreak

This is a first too – the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is the first production car with a transbreak. Enabling the car to build hydraulic pressure prior to launch, this feature will help you get going fast whether you’re drag racing or coming off a red light on your way to the grocery store. Just kidding about that last part – it’s probably a good idea to not engage the transbreak on the way to the grocery store.

3. Pure power

The engine in the Demon isn’t just a tuned-up version of the Hellcat’s engine – it’s completely rebuilt and it’s beyond awesome. With a honed engine block, a new crankshaft, new valve trains and a larger 2.7 liter supercharger, this is the most powerful V8 production engine ever installed in a car and it offers 840 horsepower and 770 pounds of torque.

4. It has a four-point harness

The Demon has an option for an aftermarket harness bar so if you want, you can install a four-point seatbelt without any cutting or drilling. It’s not technically a performance feature, per say, but how cool is that?

5. Drag mode

Drag mode on this thing is unreal. Your suspension is pre calibrated for maximum lift, engaging line lock heats up your tires, launch control starts air conditioning the engine intake air to ensure maximum oxygen, the transbreak gets your car ready to go and finally, the two-stage ignition kicks in. If your launch pressure and tire pressure are set right, you’ll pop a wheelie on the launch. Really.

Leave the starting line at 1.8 Gs, hit 30 mph in a single second, hit 60 in 2.3 seconds and cross the quarter-mile finish line at 140 miles an hour in only 9.65 seconds.

6. It’s so fast it’s literally not allowed

After certifying the 9.65-second quarter mile on the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, the National Hot Rod Association banned it from competition. Don’t freak out though – you can still race it if you install a roll cage and get a competition license.

That said, if you can only finish the quarter mile in 9.99 seconds, you’re not fast enough to require the roll cage and extra license. Not until you practice and hit that 9.65, anyway.

7. You can get a $1 Demon Crate

If you want to unleash the Demon’s full power, you can buy the $1 Demon Crate which includes Direct Connection Performance Parts like:

  • Two narrow, front-runner drag wheels
  • Performance powertrain control module with high-octane engine calibration
  • Replacement instrument panel switch module with high-octane button
  • Personalized ID badge
  • Conical performance air filter
  • Two valve stems
  • Passenger mirror block-off plate

The Demon crate also includes Demon-branded track tools:

  • Hydraulic floor jack with carrying bag
  • Cordless impact wrench with charger
  • Torque wrench with extension and socket
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Fender cover
  • Tool bag
  • Foam case that fits into the Challenger SRT Demon trunk and securely holds the front runner wheels and track tools
  • The parts in the Demon Crate are valued at $6,140, so $1 is a darn good deal.

8. It’s very customizable

There’s no doubt that the 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is a monster right off the factory line, but different trim levels give you the opportunity to make this monster even meaner.

The car only comes with a driver’s seat. Cutting back seats and the passenger seat keeps it light and nimble. Don’t worry if you want a copilot – you can add a passenger seat for $1, and a rear seat for another dollar. The price point is the same for cloth and leather seats.

Other optional add-ons include:

  • Red seat belts
  • Suede seats with Demon-embossed logos
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Premium floor mats
  • An 18-speakers Harman Kardon Audio set with two subwoofers
  • A painted black satin hood
  • Power tilt/telescoping column
  • Bright pedals
  • A sunroof

All told, this baby lives up to its name. It has the highest horsepower of any production car and the highest G-force produced by a production car. It’s capable of the first wheelie by a production car, boasts the world’s fastest 0-60 of any production car and offers the world’s fastest ¼ mile by any production car. It’s a beast, it’s a demon, and it’s coming to a dealership near you.

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