By on May 31, 2018

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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16 Comments on “That’s a Wrap: Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Production Officially Ends...”

  • avatar

    No matter what becomes of FCA, Dodge officially won the muscle car wars with the Challenger SRT Demon. Chrysler dominated the 1/4 mile in the ‘60s and ‘70s, so it’s only fitting that they’d win in the end. Ford and GM will never put out a production car that can touch the Demon. Mopar or no car.

    • 0 avatar

      Definitely wins the quarter mile muscle car competiton.

      This is the last muscle car I’d want on the street. Popping wheelies in public might be fun, though.

    • 0 avatar

      “Ford and GM will never put out a production car that can touch the Demon. Mopar or no car.”

      That rumored 1,000 hp C8 might beg to differ with that claim. I’ve also seen a few videos where the demon can’t even keep up with a P100D (although the demon does sound very very nice)

      Oh yeah, I forgot. Fiat decided to put a disclaimer on the demon ads. So embarrassing:

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    “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.”

    Maybe you should just run it on 87 octane.

    As for the Hellcat, then the Demon… I still wonder if Dodge will someday come out with something crazier called the “Banshee”. And then what of those people who paid a premium for something that end up being second-best?

  • avatar
    Firestorm 500

    Why didn’t they just paint it Viper Red on the line? Now somebody has to totally blow the car apart to repaint it. It won’t be original any more.

    • 0 avatar

      + infinity!

      Why wouldn’t this go into a manufacturer collection, or something?!

      Oh, wait!!!!

      We find out from his sweater-ness tomorrow!!!

    • 0 avatar

      My thoughts also. They had to know at the beginning of assembly where the final destination was going to be. As to why red, the Viper in the combo is red so they wanted the color to match that car.

  • avatar

    Why the repaint? Doesn’t that ruin its unique place in the production line?

  • avatar

    “…The duo will be part of a packaged lot, representing the final chance to own either vehicle with no miles on the odometer…”

    OK, I’m curious…how does a car that’s rolled off an assembly line, onto and off trailers, and then rolled on and off the stage at Barrett Jackson get delivered with an odometer reading of zero?

    Is Dodge going to roll back the odo, or is there an “on” switch it hits right before delivery? Is someone levitating this car?

  • avatar

    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.

  • avatar

    FCA and the United Way: birds of a feather.

    • 0 avatar

      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.

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