Dodge’s target demographic for the SRT Demon, which is presumably Hellcat owners with leftover money, will be relieved to learn that the straight-line monster will be priced “well below ” six-figures. That’s a bargain considering that the majority of production vehicles that can approach its quarter-mile time are priced using the phrase “of a million dollars” as a reference point.
While it is a little surprising that Dodge isn’t trying to get excited shoppers to shell out more for the Demon, it has far more value to Fiat Chrysler as a media darling. Even at a much higher cost, it would still be too low volume to be a genuine money maker — but the positive attention it garners for the brand is invaluable.
Road & Track managed to sideline Tim Kuniskis, head of FCA’s passenger car brand, and squeeze some details out of him during the Demon’s unveiling at the New York Auto Show. “Obviously [the price] will be more than a regular Hellcat, but it’s gonna be well below six figures,” he said.
While that provides a good amount of speculative distance between the Hellcat’s $64,195 MSRP and $100,000, it does give us a surprisingly low place to start guessing. Dodge outfitted the Demon with some pretty competent gear and performance parts aren’t cheap, so don’t expect the base model to exist directly on top of the Hellcat sticker. However, a from-the-factory car that can churn out zero-to-sixty times on par with a Bugatti Chiron — for one-thirtieth of the price — is definitely cause for celebration.
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