Posted on February 23, 2017
DODGE CHALLENGER SRT DEMON LAUNCH RAMPS UP
It’s hard enough to wait for the New York Auto Show in April, isn’t it? Well what happens to your heart-rate when we tell you that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon launches with 35% more force than the already-wild Hellcat? Yep. We feel the same: we can’t wait to see this car in action. Extra-wide wheels and those sticky, sticky tires just weren’t enough. With all that extra grip on the asphalt, Dodge decided to give the Demon system even more torque.
Ahhh, torque, such a beautiful word when applied to an automobile. With a higher stall speed, the Demon can launch with fully aggressive RPM. Can you stand it? Eighteen per cent more converter torque multiplication and an 18 percent leap in rear axle torque multiplication? Leap is the operative word—right into our wildest SRT dreams.
The list of jaw-dropping features keeps mounting as we get closer to the big reveal: the weight reduction, the wider tires with double the Hellcat grip, and a massive retro-style hood scoop of 45 inches. See the “air grabbers” on muscle cars from days gone by for the source of inspiration. All this in time for summer.
And the very latest on the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon? It’s going to hit the road with a drag mode option. While the Demon will handle well on road courses and on the streets, Dodge has a larger aim: full-on drag race domination. The option of an electronic drag mode combined with a drag-specific mechanical suspension is a first for a production car, according to Dodge. When you up the power, you want to make sure that added control comes along for the ride, and Dodge has done just that. The Demon offers high-powered launches with even greater control and lateral stability thanks to optimized weight transfers provided by the suspension setup.
Like you, we’ve been following Demon updates with serious anticipation, and with even more teaser videos leading up the April reveal at the New York Auto Show, we’re revved up to see what else Dodge has in store. So far, we have news of wider street-legal drag-ready radials, a juiced-up final drive ratio and a higher stall speed for the 8-speed auto transmission. What next?
If you want to share your Demon fever with like minds, drop by Ontario Chrysler in Mississauga. We’d love to share your excitement about the car many say could very well unseat the Hellcat as king of the drag strip.