We won’t bore you with a rehash of the upgrades and advancements bestowed upon the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, because we already did that last week.
With the ultimate Mopar muscle machine now exposed at the New York International Auto Show, those advancements — and the speculation surrounding the vehicle’s unknowns — fade in comparison to newly released numbers. Power and acceleration figures, to be exact.
This time, the speculation was largely wrong, as the Demon makes more horsepower than we thought. So powerful is this limited-edition beast, it has already been banned from National Hot Rod Association dragstrips.
The first number of note is 808. That’s the horsepower rating when the Demon’s tank is filled with 91-octane fuel. With 100-plus octane racing fuel on board, output rises to 840 hp at the same engine speed — 6,300 rpm. It looks like all those hidden mentions of “757” were red herrings.
Torque figures are similarly healthy. The Demon generates 717 lb-ft of twist at 4,600 rpm when sipping premium, or 770 lb-ft when its overfed 6.2-liter supercharged V8 guzzles track-ready firewater from its twin fuel pumps. Fiat Chrysler Automobiles claims that this makes it a record-breaker on the strip, assuming you can find one that will let you race.
The Demon’s blistering 9.65-second, 140 mph quarter-mile time has led the NHRA to slam the brakes on any factory Demon dragstrip participants. For now, anyways. It’s looking like the model’s “Demon Kit” is missing one last thing needed for track participation: a special license and extra safety gear.
On the street and elsewhere, the Demon’s 2.3-second 0-60 time, maximum g-force of 1.8, and ability to lift its front rubber during launch also places it ahead of its competitors. FCA claims a Guinness world record for longest production car wheelie from a standing stop.
If this sounds good to you, expect to live among exclusive company. With only a single-year run planned, and a total of 3,300 units planned (300 of which are Canada-bound), the Demon won’t become anything like the resident neighborhood Hellcat. The good news is that those missing passenger and rear seats are just a $1 option away.
FCA dealers on both sides of the borders should begin seeing Demons approaching this fall, likely in time for Hallowe’en. Pricing has not yet been announced.
[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]