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A lot of people have been asking me about the new Dodge Demon, and I’ve gotta say, I’ve got a few different opinions on the car… I’m not sure if I should refer to it as the Challenger Demon, as it’s the same car, but for the sake of space, I’ll just call it the Demon. Before I get started, a disclaimer: I will never own one. I could never afford it, and even if I could, I just dig old stuff more. Now that I’ve cleared that up, I can give you my honest, third-party opinion from the sidelines. I’m nothing but an honest enthusiast who’s done a little research at this point.
What’s it all about, you ask? Well, the only engine available in the Demon is a supercharged 6.2L Hemi V8 making 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. That’s intense for a production passenger car. The Hellcat was absolutely ridiculous, so ridiculous that the faint-of-heart might tell you that it’s overpowered at 707 horsepower. That’s 133 horsepower less than the Demon, and it scared people. Not only does the Demon have more horsepower, but it also weighs 215 pounds less than the Hellcat. How is the same car with a different hood and wheels that much lighter, you ask? First off, they tweaked the NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) hardware, so it’s likely louder both inside and out. Although the car will be louder, the music won’t be, as the Demon only has two speakers, one in each door. Don’t worry, the passengers won’t mind the quieter music, as there are no seats for the passengers to sit in. No seats, you ask? That’s right! Seats are heavy, and they enable heavy people to sit in them, so they’re all gone except for the driver. That being said, I’ve heard for two dollars, the seats, hardware, and seatbelts can be included. That’s only a dollar a seat, but it adds over 100 pounds to the car. The carpet is left out, as well, and the trunk is down to the bare steel. The sway bar is tubular instead of solid, and the brakes and wheels are lighter. Sure, handling and braking may suffer, but this is Dodge we’re talking about. Remember the Hemi Darts and Challengers with tiny drum brakes and archaic front ends? Same guys. Some things never change.
As you can tell, it’s got a lot of good going on. It goes 0-60 in 2.3 seconds, covers the quarter-mile in 9.6 seconds, and carries the front wheels almost three feet. That’s right, it’s a brand new car that can pull wheelies on warranty. It also pulls a respectable 1.8G on the skidpad, which is pretty good for a car that’s had handling parts compromised for weight savings. Did it do that on the tires it comes with? I highly doubt it, as this unit ships from the factory with massive street-legal drag radials out back. Honestly, this thing is ridiculously well-prepared for a production car. A big stall converter? Check! Two-step ignition? Check! Factory-equipped trans brake? Check! It’s all drag car, yet it’s already been banned by the NHRA. Why? It’s so fast out of the box, that it requires a roll cage. Honestly, I don’t know why Dodge didn’t build the car around one. Maybe it’s against government regulations? It certainly wasn’t due to excess weight, as even on a diet, the Demon weighs in right around 4300 pounds. Personally, I consider 3000 pounds a heavy drag car, but I guess when you throw enough horsepower at something, anything is possible.