Dodge is blowing the doors off all other muscle cars with the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. They started with an already crazy-powerful 707 horsepower Challenger Hellcat, and put it on a serious regimen of steroids.
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The team at SRT enlarged the supercharger, enabled better cooling, modified the fuel system, added a transmission brake, and widened the body to stuff some sticky street-legal drag radial tires. Result is a large coupe that is packing a tweaked 6.2L supercharged HEMI V8 and an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Here are the numbers:
6.2L SC HEMI V8: 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque
0-60 MPH: 2.3 seconds
1/4 mile: 9.65 seconds and 140 MPH
Top speed: 168 MPH (tire limited)
The bigger supercharger is able to breathe up to 14.5 psi into the monster engine, where two dual-stage fuel pumps try to satisfy the power hunger. There is a customized engine management computer (which comes in the Demon Crate option package). This allows the engine to run on 100-octane “race” fuel and push the power output to insane levels.
The Demon is actually able to lift its front wheels during a hard launch at the drag strip.
SRT guys also removed as much weight as possible. They started by removing all passenger seats, so the driver rides alone. All weight savings combine to about 200 lbs, but you can add front and/or rear passenger seats for $1 each.
- 58 pounds: Removed front passenger seat and belt
- 55 pounds: Removed rear seat, restraints and floor mats
- 24 pounds: Removed 16 audio speakers, amplifier and associated wiring
- 20 pounds: Removed trunk deck cover trim, carpeting, spare tire cover
- 19 pounds: Used smaller, hollow sway bars
- 18 pounds: Removed mastic, body deadeners, insulators and foam
- 16 pounds: Used lightweight all-aluminum four-piston brake caliper and smaller, 360-mm two-piece rotor
- 16 pounds: Switched to lightweight wheels and open-end lug nuts
- 4 pounds: Switched to manual tilt/telescope steering column
- 2 pounds: Removed park sensors and module
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