The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon made its grand debut tonight in New York City, ending the months of speculation on the quickest production road car in the world, the most powerful American production road car ever and the first production car with street legal tires to lift the front wheels off of the ground on a hard launch.
You read that right – the new Demon lifts the front wheels on a hard launch.
Over the course of the past few months, we have talked at length about the many unique features of the 2018 Challenger Demon, such as the weight reduction efforts, the intercooler chiller system, the after-run cooling system, the factory drag radial tires, the goodies in the Demon Crate, the specially tuned adaptive suspension setup, the TransBrake and the stronger drivetrain components. These bits and pieces all play a big role in helping the new Demon lift the tires on launch, but the heart of this effort is the supercharged Hemi engine.
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is powered by a similar 6.2L Hemi as the Hellcat cars, except the Demon’s engine has a higher strength bottom end (crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons), stronger valve train components, an improved oiling system and a higher volume fuel system – along with a new, larger supercharger.
The Hellcat Challenger has a 2.4L supercharger which helps that 6.2L engine produce 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque on premium gasoline. The Demon Challenger has a 2.7L supercharger, which when combined with the other unique features, delivers 808 horsepower and 717lb-ft of torque when running premium unleaded gasoline (91+). However, when you swap in the high performance PCM from the Demon Crate and add the High Octane gasoline button to run 100+ octane race gas, the output climbs to 840 horsepower and 770lb-ft of torque.
When you couple that 100-octane power with all of the other unique features, the 2018 Demon launches hard enough to rip the front wheels off of the ground, but more importantly, the high tech drivetrain makes this Challenger the quickest production road car in the world.
The Demon dashes from a stop to 60mph in just 2.3 seconds and when making the 0-60 run with rollout (which is preferred by automakers who don’t have cars which can launch well from a dig), the new Challenger gets to 60 in just 2.1 seconds. No production road car in the world can get from 0-60 in less time than the new Demon – not the Tesla P100D, not the Bugatti Chiron, not LaFerrari, not the Porsche 918.
Along the same lines, the 2018 Demon is the quickest car in the world when sprinting from 0-100, doing so in just 5.1 seconds and most importantly, the newest Challenger is the quickest production road car in the world when blasting down the quarter mile – doing so in 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour.
With a quarter mile record of 9.65 at 140mph, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is officially the quickest production road car in the world – beating the record of the Bugatti Veyron which was set back in 2011.
Those record times mentioned above are with the race gas PCM and the skinny front tires, but even when running on premium gasoline with the 315s up front – the new Demon still ran a 9.90 with the front wheels off of the ground on launch.
With tonight’s debut of the new Challenger Demon, we learned just about everything that we have been wondering about over the past few months, but we didn’t learn the price of the car. We did learn that the Demon doesn’t come with a passenger seat, a rear seat or trunk trim, but each of those items can be added for $1 each when ordering the car. The Demon Crate, which comes with the skinny front wheels, the tools needed to change the tires at the track, a tool bag, the high performance PCM, a new air filter, the new switch panel and other trim items also costs just $1, so getting all of the optional items for the new Demon will only add $4 to the final price.
Finally, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be limited, but it won’t be as limited as some people had feared. Dodge will build a total of 3,300 Demons for the 2018 model year only (there are no plans to offer it for 2019) with 3,000 in the US and 300 in Canada. Every dealership will be told how any units they will be getting in advance and to try to prevent dealers from ordering cars just to mark them up, every car has to have a customer’s name when ordering. This name goes on all of the vehicles... [Read More]
Dodge Challenger Demon Runs on 100 Octane ***Comes with an Extra PCM and Dual Fuel Pumps***
When the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon debuts next week, it will come with a second PCM as part of the Demon Crate package and this second PCM is tuned to run on 100 octane racing gas. The Demon Crate also includes a new switch panel for the center stack (shown above) and an upgraded fuel system with dual fuel pumps, larger fuel injectors and higher pressure fuel rails.
When the Demon Crate was introduced a few months back, we learned that it would come filled with skinny front wheels, the tools needed to switch the front wheels at the track and undisclosed “Direct Connection Performance Parts”. At the time, we didn’t know what those performance parts were, but now we know that at least some of them are the high performance Powertrain Control Module (PCM) and a new switch panel which allows the driver to activate that specially tuned PCM with the push of a button.
With the standard PCM which comes in the 2018 Demon from the factory, the supercharged Hemi is tuned to make big power on premium 91 octane fuel, but when the PCM from the Demon Crate is installed, the engine will run on 100 octane and make much bigger power. Unfortunately, we don’t know how much power the Demon makes in either mode, but we can expect some impressive numbers from the only production road car to ever be designed to run on race gas.
Best of all, thanks to sensor systems of the Hemi engine, the 2018 Demon will run on 91 octane gasoline with the high performance PCM, but when the driver fills the tank with 100 octane and pushes the button on the dash – the computer adjusts the engine parameters to make even more power. However, should you try to engage the race fuel mode without the proper octane of fuel in the tank, the system will notify the driver of the low octane fuel and force the lower performance mode. This prevents owners from trying to extract peak power with lower octane gasoline, protecting the engine from the damage which comes from running big boost and timing on cheap gas. Also, you can mix the 100 octane gasoline with lower octane fuel and provided that the resulting mix is high enough octane, the system will adjust accordingly.
Again, while we don’t get any power numbers or track times, today’s announcement promises that “drag racers will see big changes in elapsed time (ET) with the high-octane fuel.”
Finally, in addition to the high performance PCM with the 100 octane engine tune and the high octane fuel button on the dash, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will also feature a dual fuel pump setup (the Hellcat only has one fuel pump), along with larger fuel injectors and higher volume fuel rails – allowing this new Mopar muscle car keep plenty of fuel flowing to the supercharged engine for the best possible results.