That's a Wrap: Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Production Officially Ends

Matt Posky
by Matt Posky
thats a wrap dodge challenger srt demon production officially ends

The final 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon rolled off the production line at Fiat Chrysler’s Brampton Assembly Plant on Wednesday. While the Ontario facility continues building the Chrysler 300, as well as Dodge’s Charger and Challenger, the drag-focused Demon’s time on Earth has passed.

Currently a black-on-black beast, the car will be repainted “Viper Red” before joining the last Dodge Viper ever made at the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction. The duo will be part of a packaged lot, representing the final chance to own either vehicle with no miles on the odometer, with all proceeds from the sale benefitting the United Way.

Rated at 840 horsepower, assuming you’re using the right fuel, the Challenger SRT Demon was as odd as it was vicious. Dodge claimed it as the industry’s “first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car.” However, its potential 1/4-mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph meant it required a competition license and roll cage — neither of which can be provided by the factory.

Dodge proudly boasted that the car was so fast that it was “ officially banned by NHRA.” That’s a half-truth and some exceptionally clever marketing. While you’d be asked to leave the track if you took an unmodified Demon and gave it the beans, simply letting off before you hit the finish line should keep most drivers from getting into trouble. In fact, you can make as many runs as you want, so long as you keep your final 1/4-mile above 9.99 seconds.

Limited to a single production year and just 3,300 units, the SRT Demon is the only four-wheeled production vehicle we know of that is capable of wheelies. We’re incredibly sad to see it go and we imagine the same goes for the dealers — some of which marked up the $84,995 car to over $175,000.

Running from June 20th to the 23rd, the Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction will be held at the Mohegan Sun Resort in Uncasville, Connecticut. If you’re an incredibly wealthy Mopar fanatic, details on the Viper/Demon sale can be found here.

[Images: FCA]

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  • Fred Fred on May 31, 2018

    Haven't been to a drag strip in over a year, not seen one at a car show. In fact the only place is on TV during a Mecum auction.

  • ToddAtlasF1 ToddAtlasF1 on Jun 01, 2018

    FCA and the United Way: birds of a feather.

    • Sub-600 Sub-600 on Jun 01, 2018

      How much of each United Way dollar actually reaches it’s intended target? I remember about 20 years ago their administrative costs were astronomical, some folks went to prison for malfeasance too. The company I worked for switched charities because of it, they matched employee donations to local food banks instead.

  • Bobbysirhan I fully expect to be reading about the last-of-the-line Challenger Demon 170 Redeye Widebody three years from now.
  • Dougjp Finally, luxury/strong performance in a compact size car. Unlike the Civic R, the market for this segment has predominantly automatics buyers. Yet year after year, it appears Acura can't make such a car. They did have a 10 speed with torque (Accord), which counters the thought that they can't make a torque capable automatic.Oh well, look elsewhere I guess.
  • Analoggrotto The real question, how many years or months after the end of production will this vehicle be completely eliminated from the street? Neon lights, yellow spoiler covers, idiotic stripes, brazzers license plate frames, obnoxious exhausts and all.
  • Mike1041 Why buy a German car in the first place? You will get to know the service manager real well and you will be denied claims because “we make no mistakes in the Fatherland”.
  • Art Vandelay This thing has had a longer send off than The Rolling Stones