The muscle car is a purely American phenomenon. Europeans have their sports cars and their supercars and even hypercars, but for those of us in America with a love for the open road, there really is nothing like the throaty roar of a bright red V8 hot rod. And while all the classic American automakers – like Chevy and Ford – offer a good muscle car, nobody really does them like Dodge; and, case in point, their Challenger SRT Demon is the muscle car to beat this year.
The Challenger SRT Demon is the successor to the wildly popular, 707 HP Hellcat, and it looks like your classic Challenger – that iconic muscle car stance, bright red and black. But Dodge has gone above and beyond with the Demon, making it one of the fastest, most powerful muscle cars (or any cars, for that matter) you can lay your hands on. Powered by a supercharged, 6.2 liter, Hemi Demon V-8, the SRT Demon is capable of 840 horsepower – significantly more than the SRT Hellcat and 770 lb-ft of torque. In other words, this is a very fast car, and 0-60 only takes about 2.3 seconds – while 0-100 can happen in 5.1. You’ll need to running premium, 100-octane fuel to get those kinds of numbers (and the cars 13/10/19 MPG), which makes it a little expensive for everyday driving – but if we’re being honest, it’s meant more for drag-racing than everyday driving anyway. It’s so fast, the front wheels practically achieve lift-off when you mash on the gas pedal.
Yet, the Demon is still totally street-legal. You just have to remember to select the options for passenger and rear seats, if you want to be able to bring your friends with you. Dodge does this to save weight (and thus, increase speed), and the whole thing weighs only 4300 lbs. The transmission is an 8-speed, ZF 8HP automatic, with rear-wheel drive only. The adaptive suspension is tuned for the drag strip. There are some additional features and kits you can choose, too, like skinny front wheels the kit aptly named the Demon Crate – all of which are available for just $1 on top of the Demon’s $86,090 price tag. Not a bad deal, actually.
The 2018 Dodge Demon won’t be available until, well – early 2018. We’ll be eagerly awaiting it until then.