Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a hot rod for the road
- 15 Apr 2017 at 10:41
- WRITER: RICHARD LEU
Stripped-out coupe gets 840hp supercharged V8 and can lift its front wheels under hard acceleration.
Does it get a pumped-up Hemi?
It certainly does. Dodge, under the guidance of Fiat Chrysler Automotive, has taken the Challenger to a new extremity in performance.
The Challenger SRT Demon uses the brand’s 6.2-litre Hemi V8. And with a couple of modifications here and there, most notably with a bigger supercharger, power and torque has swelled to 840hp and 1,045Nm respectively.
The eight-speed automatic transmission has also been taken from the 707hp Challenger SRT Hellcat but has been beefed up for the Demon’s monstrous performance.
How fast is it?
Dodge says the Demon can do 0-48kph in 1.0sec and 0-96kph in 2.3sec. Moreover, it is claimed that the mad Demon can run the quarter mile in 9.65sec at 224kph.
According to the chaps at Dodge, the Demon is officially banned by the NHRA (National Hot Rod Association) in the US because it is too fast for the dragstrip.
Other bold claims include an acceleration g-force rate of 1.8g and the Demon’s ability to lift the front wheels by 890mm under hard acceleration.
Tch! How’s that possible?
Well, apart from the 800hp-plus power it has, the Demon has shed some 90kg of unnecessary weight. The front seat, for one, has been chucked out of the car (although buyers can have it back from the dealer if they want).
Punters can also specify for skinny front tyres in the style of dragsters. But the most important element for the wheelie action is the so-called Drag mode, which softens the dampers and springs of the suspension to ease the weight transfer to the rear.
Perfect for real-world fun! How much does it cost?
Pricing hasn’t been revealed yet. However, only 3,300 Demons will be made for the North American car market when first deliveries start in the third quarter of this year.
Like the base car (of which only a few are seen on Thai roads in left-hand-drive form), the Demon can only be fetched through independent channels and would cost nearly 10 million baht.
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