The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Won't Return; No Word on a Satan Edition

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems

It’s always risky naming a car or ship after a denizen of the dark underworld. You could run afoul of Christian groups, as Chrysler did in the early 1970s with its original Dodge Demon (later renamed Dart Sport), or possibly meet a much grimmer fate, as explorer Sir John Franklin did with his two ships, the HMS Erebus and HMS Terror.

On a happier note, the Dodge division saw mostly positive PR from its decision to turn its already potent 707-horsepower Challenger SRT Hellcat up to “11.” The 2018 Demon and its associated Demon Crate drag kit became instant collector items. And why not? The Demon was a full-size two-door sedan making 808 hp (on premium gas) that you could order with a single seat.

Despite repeated promises that the model would be a one-time-only thing, however, rumors exist about a 2019 run.

As planned, just 3,000 2018 Demons rolled out of Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton, Ontario assembly plant starting last September, bound for American buyers. Another 300 went to the Canadian market. When it rolled out last year, FCA’s former head of passenger car brands, Tim Kuniskis, adamantly insisted that this was it. Buy it now, or lose out forever.

Writing in Allpar, Patrick Rall squashes online forum rumors of an extra Demon crop with two points. First, FCA would open itself up to consumer lawsuits if such a thing occurred, as buyers were told (and issued a letter stating) they were one of a special group of 3,300 buyers. Secondly, adding more Demons would sink resale values by reducing the model’s exclusivity. Those values are skyrocketing, by the way.

Retailing for $86,090 after delivery, Demons are now going for well into the low 100k range. TTAC’s Bozi Tatarevic recently saw six Demons headed for auction with “buy it now” prices ranging from $13,000 to $130,000. Signing a note for one right out of the gate was probably a better long-term choice than buying Bitcoin.

It’s looking more and more likely that the Challenger’s zenith arrived with the SRT Demon, at least for the current extended generation. While there are still Hellcats to satisfy that old-school performance itch, it’s probably time to forget about a 909-horsepower Exorcist variant.

[Image: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]

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  • Big Al from Oz Big Al from Oz on Feb 07, 2018

    Its nice to see these straight line drag cars. But, I remember the days when you made a drag car for your daily driver. It's sad this part of our culture is slowly ebbing away. I suppose "off the shelf" is a safer option.

  • Healthy skeptic Healthy skeptic on Feb 07, 2018

    I said it before and I'll say it again: they really need to lower the front-end suspension of that Dodge SRT. It's jacked up so high, the right front tire isn't even touching the pavement. (Last time, I omitted the second sentence. I had considered adding it, but thought "naw, they'll get it." A couple of folks didn't.)

  • FreedMike Interesting time capsule.
  • 6-speed Pomodoro I had summer and winter tires for a car years ago. What a pain in the butt. You've permanently got a stack of tires hogging space in the garage and you've got to swap them yourself twice a year, because you can't fit a spare set of tires in a sportscar to pay someone else to swap 'em.I'd rather just put DWS06's on everything. But I haven't had a sportscar in 8 years, so maybe that's a terrible idea.
  • ShitHead It kicked on one time for me when a car abruptly turned into my lane. Worked as advertised. I was already about to lean into the brake as I was into the horn.
  • Theflyersfan I look at that front and I have to believe that BMW and Genesis designers look at that and go "wow...that's a little much." Rest of the car looks really good - they nailed the evolution of the previous design quite well. They didn't have to reinvent the wheel - when people want a Mustang, I don't think they are going to cross-shop because they know what they want.
  • Theflyersfan Winters go on around Halloween and Summers go on in late March or early April. However, there were some very cold mornings right after the summers went on that had me skidding a bit due to no grip! I do enough (ahem) spirited driving on empty hilly/mountain roads to justify a set of sticky rubber, and winters are a must as while there isn't much snow where I am (three dustings of snow this entire winter), I head to areas that get a bit more snow and winter tires turns that light, RWD car into a snow beast!