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3 Things You Have To Know About The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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The Dodge Challenger, which nameplate was revived in 2008 after a 25-year hiatus, is the oldest muscle car available in the United States. With underpinnings from W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger was able to survive competing with the modern Mustang and Camaro.

Though the Challenger is basically a dated race car, it’s still one of the favorites of most car enthusiasts. This coming 2018, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will bring the brand to a whole new level.

Here are the top 3 features of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon based on a report:

1. Exterior

If you saw the Hellcat, then you’ll have a good idea what’s to come with the Challenger SRT Demon. It’s basically a Hellcat in “steroids.” The most notable features are the revised splitter and the wider and taller hood scoop. On the sides, the body is wider and the fender flares hide fatter tires and improve the car’s aggressive stance. The Demon head badges can be found on the front fenders.

There are 14 exterior colors available for the Dodge such as B5 Blue, Billet Silver, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, Indigo Blue, Maximum Steel, Octane Red, Pitch Black, Plum Crazy, TorRed, White Knuckle, and Yellow Jacket. Optionally, you can have a Satin Black engine hood or the Satin Black hood, roof, and decklid package.

2. Interior

When it comes to the interior of the car, you will remember the 2015 Challenger. There is not much to talk about it, except you’ll find the Demon head logos on the seat backs, the Alcantara steering wheel, the bespoke TFT display, the white-faced gauges in the instrument cluster, and the carbon-fiber badge with “Demon” script.

The Demon comes only with one seat, though you can turn it into a five-seater for a measly $1 each.

3. Drivetrain

The Demon is currently being powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine just like the Hellcat. The engine now has a larger, 2.7-liter supercharger, as well as increased boost pressure, a higher rpm limit, and a larger induction air box.

The total output is 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. That’s a 133-horsepower increase from the one found in the Hellcat.

Charging from 0 to 30 mph takes just one second, and to reach the 60-mph mark, you only need 2.3 seconds. This makes the Demon quicker than supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari, McLaren P1, and Porsche 918 Spyder.

5 Most Powerful American Cars and SUVs Today

Earlier, we have discussed how automotive experts wanted the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon banned from the roads. They are worried that its ridiculously high output might trigger reckless drivers. That is subject for debate though.

For now, let us take a look at where the Dodge Demon falls under the 5 most powerful American cars and sport utility vehicles today based on an article from Fox News Auto.

1. 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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Unsurprisingly, the Demon falls into first place, thanks to its 6.2-liter V8 engine that can produce up to 808 hp. As if that’s not yet high enough, the source said that pumping the vehicle with 100 octane race gas can raise its output to 840 hp.

2. Dodge Challenger/Charger SRT Hellcat

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The Hellcats each carry a 6.2-liter V8 unit. The engine packs 707 hp. The Challenger model is capable of getting a top speed of 199 mph while the more aerodynamically-built Charger can take up to 204 mph.

3. 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk

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The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is considered as the most powerful in the SUV segment. The auto shares the same engine as the Hellcat, which is good for 707 hp. The vehicle only falls a bit short in the torque department compared to the Hellcat. The Trackhawk has 645 lb-ft of torque while the Hellcat has 650 lb-ft. The SUV also boasts an all-wheel drive system.

4. 2014 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 packs a 5.8-liter supercharged V8 engine. The output of the unit is 662 hp and it can reach up to 202 mph.

5. 2018 Chevrolet Camaro Z06/Camaron ZL1

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Tying in the fifth place of this list are the Chevrolet Camaro Z06 and the Camaro ZL1. Each car is equipped with 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 hp. The ZL1 has faster shift times than the Z06 though as it has a 10-speed automatic gearbox compared to its sibling’s eight-speed unit.

Should the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Be Banned From the Roads?

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The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was recently launched at the New York Auto Show. Its maker boasts that the product has the highest horsepower, G-force, zero to 60 mph acceleration and 1/4-mile sprint in a production car.

The SRT Demon features significant changes compared to the Hellcat. Under the hood of the car lies a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine. It may be the same as the unit carried by the Hellcat but the Demon offers significant improvement thanks to its new pistons, rods, supercharger, valve train and fuel injection system.

The upgrades provide the Demon an output of 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque. Now that’s the part where the critics are complaining.

According to a report from Automotive News, they are arguing that the power of Fiat Chrysler’s latest creation might endanger motorists. Thus, they are saying that its registration as a road-worthy car should be banned.

The article claimed that although the Demon was built as a drag racer, it has been banned by the National Hot Rod Association for being “too fast”. That further strengthens the group’s call for the car to be prohibited in the roads.

With all due respect to the source, it should be noted that the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards allows the Demon’s registration for use in public roads. Its maker might have pushed its performance to ridiculous and impractical levels, but again, it is still within the limits set by regulatory bodies.

The people opposing the Demon’s road-worthiness should instead focus more on the key safety features of the auto rather than just basing their arguments on engine power alone. On the issue that people might be tempted to put the pedal to the metal on the Demon, that is already within the discretion of the driver. Some examples to reduce instances of the vehicle falling into the wrong hands is that the critics should call for the stricter issuance of driver’s license to people and there should be implementation of mandatory training programs for supercar owners.

Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 Transformed Into “The Exorcist” by Hennessey

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The Hennessey Performance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, also known as “The Exorcist”, is placed on the dyno to find out the actual power going to its wheels.

Hennessey Performance took a shot at the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon with its tuned Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 rechristened as “The Exorcist”. The performance of the auto was raised to a total of 1,000 hp to beat the 840 hp possessed by its rival car.

The Boost

The Chevy Camaro ZL1 is equipped with a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 engine. The output of the unit is at 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. The power of the car is distributed via a 10-speed automatic transmission gearbox with manual shifting mode. The said factors allow the vehicle to sprint from zero to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and gain a top speed of 195 mph.

The Exorcist reportedly to carries 1,000 hp in its tuned V8 engine. The dyno testing of the car resulted to 959 hp and 756 lb-ft of torque going to its tires. There is no data yet about its new acceleration time from zero to 60 mph but it should be incredibly faster than the stock numbers. The maximum speed of the vehicle is expected to get a bump too.

The Exorcist Vs the Demon

The Hennessey Performance Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 “The Exorcist” is yet to take on the Dodge Challenger Demon. So whether “The Exorcist” prevails against the “Demon”, or vice versa, in a drag race remains to be seen. Looking at the numbers though, the odds seem stacked in favor of the Camaro.

The source estimated that if the drivetrain power loss of a modern car, which is around 10 percent, is applied to “The Exorcist”, the overall power of the auto in the crank might be around 1,100 hp.

Video of The Exorcist on the Dino

Check out the video below showing the Hennessey Performance Chevy Camaro ZL1’s performance on the dyno:

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