By on January 26, 2017

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

We know from Dodge’s first and second teasers that it’s resurrecting the Demon, which will be over 200-pounds lighter than the current Hellcat.

In the brand’s newest teaser — appropriately titled “Body” — we get the best look yet at the Demon. It may not seem much different from the Hellcat at first glance, but the new SRT could be utilizing an all-wheel-drive system when it is released in April.

In the last few seconds of the video, the Demon’s license plate is “#[email protected],” which Car and Driver, probably correct in the assumption, deciphered to mean 2,576 lb-ft of torque at 3,500 rpm — at each driven wheel. With the Hellcat making 4,010 lbs-ft of torque at each driven wheel, and the fact that new lightweight 18 x 11 inch wheels wrapped in 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials come on all four corners, this could be evidence in how the Demon puts its power to the pavement.

According to Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the “Demon Branded” tires constructed specifically for the new model make it the first factory production car to come standard with street-legal drag radials. The four massive tires, along with protruding fender flares, make the beast 3.5-inches wider than it’s more civil siblings.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Tires, Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

Adding an AWD system would surely add more than a few pounds to the Demon over the Hellcat, so the 200-pound weight loss from the second video must have been much more difficult to achieve than we’d originally thought.

Again, this is only the third video in the series. There is still much about the Demon we don’t know, but it’s more than likely going to put a smile on some faces.

[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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18 Comments on “SRT Demon Could Be Dodge’s Newest All-Wheel-Drive Monster...”

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    If that’s AWD, my jaw will be solidly on the floor.

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    Certainly looks like they are going for a drag car over a track car like the ZL1 or GT350.

    I’d like to believe they are gunning for a 10.6.

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    All-whee-drive systems are heavy. I doubt it can lose 200 lbs and still be AWD.

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    It’s still a massive boat.

    Make it smaller, and I’d be more interested.

    • 0 avatar

      It’s only 8 inches longer than the current Camaro and in the heaviest currently available trims about 300 lbs more. But sit inside a Camaro and then in a Chally, and you realize how much a penalty box the ‘Maro is. Besides, look how much weight shedding has helped the Bowtie Boy’s sales.

      I’m sure even if they shed 500 lbs you still wouldn’t be interested enough to actually buy one.

    • 0 avatar

      “Massive boat” is a feature, not a bug. Pretending that the Challenger is anything but a fast, heavy, comfortable GT is inane, and pretending that you’d buy one if it was lighter is strictly a fantasy exercise.

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    My brother owns a 1971 Dodge Demon 340 GSS (i.e. Mr. Norm’s Grand Spaulding Dodge in Chicago – see for an example) that has been in the family since around 1982. Our history with that car has us watching this debut closely!

    Still waaaay too heavy, though.

  • avatar

    Sergio to Daimler: “Hey thanks for that platform, we have certainly milked it for every penny”

    • 0 avatar

      Except we are talking about the LX which is a warmed over LH that was then adapted to use some Daimler pieces. The LX was ready to tool when Daimler took over and they stopped that and sent the engineers back to the drawing board to incorporate the Daimler bits. Once they were done with that task many of them found a pink slip in their pay envelope.

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    Pure-stock, factory Hellcats have been clocked around 11.7 in the quarter (C&D, MT, Auto Bild) and many owners are into the upper tens on drag radials (10.7 seems incredible on just tires, but they’re apparently doing it: )

    Grip is the main thing missing from them. The 6.2SC makes 411 kb-ft at 1,200RPM according to allpar’s source

    “The 5.7L Hemi makes its 410 lb-ft. peak torque at 4,800RPM; the Hellcat makes 411 kb-ft at 1,200RPM.”

    All four wheels spinning 315 series drag radials with 700+chp (probably more like 750-800 in this application) AND shedding 200 lbs of weight… I see no reason why this car wouldn’t be deep-10s territory.

    If it is, indeed, AWD. The driveshafts on Hellcats are 4″Ø and they still do this to them on radials:

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    If it’s AWD, I bet the weight is about the same as the current Hellcat, and “200 lbs.” means they saved 200 lbs in other places to make up for the AWD system.

    If it’s AWD *and* 200 lbs. lighter than the current car, they need to backport some of the weight savings to other Challengers stat.

    • 0 avatar

      I’d like to see a lighter Challenger too. But keep in mind this model is a special model, and it’s probably going to run $70,000 or thereabouts. So, a few grand spent on lighter materials isn’t going to turn off many of those buyers.

      But a few grand added to the sticker of a garden variety $35,000 Challenger would put it at a competitive disadvantage. Pony car buyers don’t need another reason to buy more Mustangs or Camaros – they’re doing that already, you know?

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    I could be mistaken, but didn’t they drop AWD from LX cars with the Hemi because the AWD system used with the 8-speed couldn’t handle the torque? If this is true, they must’ve figured out how to beef it up sufficiently.

    I know that they showed a high output AWD Challenger at SEMA before, but that was a show car, so doesn’t count as proof that it can be done (and not blow up).

    EDIT: According so sources I googled, the AWD Hemi combo was discontinued due to low take rate due to its high price, not because it couldn’t handle the power. Coincidence that the AWD cancellation happened at the same time that the 8-speed was paired with the Hemi?

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    “wheels wrapped in 315/40R18 Nitto NT05R drag radials come on all four corners? Holy cow…315’s?

    How will that affect maneuverability?

    • 0 avatar

      The Trofeo R tires designated for the Camaro Z/28 measure 305/30ZR-19 in all four corners, and that car pulls 1.05G on the pad.

      Not that it matters per se. This is a quarter-mile weapon through and through.

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    “AWD system used with the 8-speed couldn’t handle the torque?”
    Yah it was definitely the take rate.The ZF 8 speed which Dodge now builds under license in the USA, is as tough as an old GM autobox from the 60’s-70’s.Google the applications, many of them high torque, and it’s obvious that it can handle a lot of abuse – torque.Modern work of art in my opinion.

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