Dodge has officially unveiled its new Challenger SRT Demon—and it lives up to its namesake. Up until this point, the Hellcat was the fastest, most powerful version of the Challenger you could purchase, but the Demon has effortlessly claimed that title.
The Demon has been teased over the past two months in an effort to build up hype for the reveal, and it didn’t disappoint. Its beastly V8 engine can produce up to 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. This power is good enough to launch the Demon from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 2.3 seconds—making it the fastest production car in the world. That means when the driver puts the pedal to the metal, he’s experiencing 1.3Gs of force inside the car.
Tim Kuniski, the head of passenger cars for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in North America, revealed the Demon’s engine is completely brand new. Built from the ground up, Dodge managed to up the ante with the Demon’s engine over the already impressive Hellcat and its 707 horsepower. Dodge improved everything in the engine, including the 2.7-liter supercharger, crankshaft, pistons and axles.
The Demon also comes equipped with a brand new Chill Air system that uses the air conditioning system to cool intake air by 45 degrees. To make sure the 4,200-pound Demon honed its insane power to something resembling a street legal car, the Demon comes with brand new standard tires. They’re 315/40R15 Nitto design with a 18 by 11 wheel measuring.
It goes without saying that this isn’t a family car. The default configuration comes with only one seat. You can add a passenger seat and even a backseat, but that’ll cost extra. Dodge will only manufacture 3,300 Demons, with the intention to sell 300 in Canada and the rest for the United States market. The price for the SRT Demon wasn’t revealed, but it’s expected to come in below $100,000.
Tim Kuniski also revealed that the Dodge SRT Demon is already in the Guinness Book of World Records for being the only car in the world to perform a wheelie. The Demon will also be featured in the upcoming The Fate of the Furious.
The Demon is so powerful, Dodge lined up special insurance for buyers
The Demon isn’t your run-of-the-mill car you can insure through Geico. Instead, Dodge struck a deal with Hagerty Insurance, which specializes in exotic and classic vehicles. I wouldn’t want to see how expensive that insurance bill would be.
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