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Demon Comes to Life

Posted July 26, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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There was a time, not so long ago, when it seemed unthinkable that a major auto manufacturer would even commit resources to creating a drag-race dedicated vehicle, but then came Cobra Jet Mustangs, Drag Pak Challengers and COPO Camaros. Factory race cars, just like back in the golden age of performance. What could be better?

Well, how about a factory race car that you could hang a license plate on and drive to work? That’s essentially what Dodge has brought forth in its new Challenger SRT Demon. The folks at FCA did a masterful job of baiting the rest of us for months, with rumors and teaser videos to whet the appetite, and yet, when the car was finally revealed during the New York International Auto Show this past spring, there were no disappointments.

The Viper may be dead, but Dodge can still pack the ponies into an iconic package.

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07/26/2017 1:40 PM

I can just hear the sirens going off in the neighborhood already!

On the other hand, it would be fun to have such a peppy ride!

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07/27/2017 12:19 AM

These things are going to get $40K + over window sticker - when they come out.

It's basically a factory built drag strip car. 808 Hp!

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07/27/2017 9:13 AM

Yes, I can't see myself in one unless I were to win the Lotto, or Mega ball, or come up with a real, workable cold fusion that will be the next transportation, and put Elon Musk either out of business or working for me.

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07/29/2017 4:28 PM

New sales motto: "...EPA be damned!"

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07/29/2017 10:11 PM

Awesome.....

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08/02/2017 3:03 AM

Look at the size of the front and rear tires. Those are the ones that come on the car as it's delivered from the factory. And it's true that the front tires will lift off the ground on a stock car!

Detroit has hit us with a car that goes like hell in a drag race, but can't get around the corners. I'll take a Porsche GT3!

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08/07/2017 11:22 AM

You hit the nail in the head: No good around corners. But there are other aspects that are "wrong" in a sense, like 1) too heavy, 2) Too expensive, 3) too impractical.

The dumb owners of Chrysler have completely forgotten the roots of the Dodge brand: Affordable high performance cars for people. Long gone are the Super Bees made from lower performance cars, the R/Ts, and more recently, the SRT-4 and even the Caliber-SRT.

And when they could produce the next one (imagine a well designed, well built, and correctly priced Dart SRT-4 with proper sport suspension, decent brakes and the next version of the 2.4L Turbo engine with a little more than 300 HP), they discontinued it! Hard to be dumber.

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08/10/2017 2:23 AM

Back in November, I leased a Dodge Journey SXT. On the first day I drove it home from my office, the outside temperature gauge was reading below 0 - in Southern California!

The next day I was heading out of my community, when the check engine light came on. When I got to my office, I called Dodge customer service. The rep wasn't very good and he didn't want to listen to me. He kept trying to get me to go to the dealer and get me off the phone. It took the threat of me sending a letter to the CEO that got him to listen. After a very long hold, he gave me the "good" news. I would have to drive about 30 minutes to the nearest Dodge dealer. The would look at my car and if they needed to keep it overnight, they would give me a ride back to my office! I live 45 miles from my office, so that wasn't going to cut it. After more pushing, he finally agreed to give me a loaner car.

The dealer was pretty bad. One service writer and a cashier. A 30 minute wait was not what I was expecting - I've dropped off many cars and anything longer than 10 minutes is a rarity. When he finally got done with his client (only one client in the 30 minutes), he asked what I needed. He checked in the car and sent me to the cashier for a loaner car. They gave me a dirty Jeep Patriot - dirty in and out. When I started the car, the tire pressure light was on. When I complained, they had one of their mechanics come down to pull the car into the garage and add air to the tires. When I asked if there was a nail/screw, etc in the tire, she said no. When I asked how she knew, she stumbled and in so many words admitted that she didn't. I had her put the low tire pressure on the loaner agreement - pre-existing condition.

It took the dealer over two weeks to figure out the problem. After doing their normal guessing game and parts swap, they gave up and called Detroit. A new wire harness was sent and I finally got my new car back. The funny thing is that they didn't even wash my car!

Your choice of the word "wrong" is the definition of the Chrysler Corporation. I really wish I could like their cars, but after two recent leases, I'm through with them.

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08/15/2017 12:28 PM

I read that what you get with the new Demon purchase is a voucher to buy those "aftermarket" tires & wheels for a dollar (or some ridiculous price close to 0) from the parts department.

But, yes... goes like stink in a straight line but not in turns.

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08/22/2017 4:01 AM

Here's the tech sheet for the 2018 Demon - fresh from Chrysler. Front tire size is listed as 315 - same as the back tire ... and on 11 inch wide wheels! I don't know how they fit in the front wheel well and they don't rub??

Look at "Passenger Capacity"! Or "Turning Diameter"!!!

Technical Specifications for the 2018 Dodge Challenger

Cargo Area Dimensions

Trunk Volume16.2 ft

3

Tires

Front Tire Order CodeTYE
Rear Tire Order CodeTYE
Spare Tire Order Code
Front Tire SizeP315/40WR18
Rear Tire SizeP315/40WR18
Spare Tire Size

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase116.2 in
Length, Overall197.5 in
Width, Max w/o mirrors78.8 in
Height, Overall57.4 in
Track Width, Front65.8 in
Track Width, Rear65.7 in
Min Ground Clearance4.5 in
Liftover Height33.2 in

Vehicle

EPA ClassificationMid-Size Cars

Mileage

EPA Fuel Economy Est - HwyN/A MPG
Cruising Range - CityN/A mi
EPA Fuel Economy Est - CityN/A MPG
Fuel Economy Est-CombinedN/A MPG
Cruising Range - HwyN/A mi
EPA MPG Equivalent - CityN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - HwyN/A
EPA MPG Equivalent - CombinedN/A
Battery RangeN/A mi

Suspension

Suspension Type - FrontShort And Long Arm
Suspension Type - RearMulti-Link
Suspension Type - Front (Cont.)Short And Long Arm
Suspension Type - Rear (Cont.)Multi-Link
Shock Absorber Diameter - FrontN/A mm
Shock Absorber Diameter - RearN/A mm
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - FrontN/A in
Stabilizer Bar Diameter - RearN/A in

Steering

Steering TypeRack-Pinion
Steering Ratio (:1), OverallN/A
Lock to Lock Turns (Steering)N/A
Turning Diameter - Curb to Curb38 ft
Turning Diameter - Wall to WallN/A ft

Interior Dimensions

Passenger Capacity1
Passenger Volume93.9 ft

3

Front Head Room39.3 in
Front Leg Room42 in
Front Shoulder Room58.5 in
Front Hip Room55.3 in
Second Head RoomN/A in
Second Leg RoomN/A in
Second Shoulder RoomN/A in
Second Hip RoomN/A in

Emissions

Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yearN/A
EPA Greenhouse Gas ScoreN/A

Wheels

Front Wheel Size18 X 11 in
Rear Wheel Size18 X 11 in
Spare Wheel Size in
Front Wheel MaterialForged Aluminum
Rear Wheel MaterialForged Aluminum
Spare Wheel Material

Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank Capacity, Approx18.5 gal
Aux Fuel Tank Capacity, ApproxN/A gal

Engine

Engine Order CodeESD
Engine TypeSupercharger Premium Unleaded V-8
Displacement6.2 L/376
Fuel SystemSequential MPI
SAE Net Horsepower @ RPM808 @ 6300
SAE Net Torque @ RPM717 @ 4500

Transmission

DrivetrainRear Wheel Drive
Trans Order CodeDFE
Trans Type8
Trans Description Cont.Automatic w/OD
Trans Description Cont. Again
First Gear Ratio (:1)4.71
Second Gear Ratio (:1)3.14
Third Gear Ratio (:1)2.11
Fourth Gear Ratio (:1)1.67
Fifth Gear Ratio (:1)1.28
Sixth Gear Ratio (:1)1.00
Reverse Ratio (:1)3.29
Clutch SizeN/A in
Final Drive Axle Ratio (:1)3.09
Seventh Gear Ratio (:1)0.84
Eighth Gear Ratio (:1)0.67

Weight Information

Base Curb Weight4280 lbs

Cooling System

Total Cooling System CapacityN/A qts

Brakes

Brake TypeN/A
Brake ABS System4-Wheel
Brake ABS System (Second Line)N/A
Disc - Front (Yes or )Yes
Disc - Rear (Yes or )Yes
Front Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness14.2 in
Rear Brake Rotor Diam x Thickness13.8 in
Drum - Rear (Yes or )
Rear Drum Diam x Width in

Trailering

Dead Weight Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.N/A lbs
Dead Weight Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.N/A lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Trailer Wt.N/A lbs
Wt Distributing Hitch - Max Tongue Wt.N/A lbs

Electrical

Cold Cranking Amps @ 0° F (Primary)730
Maximum Alternator Capacity (amps)220
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08/22/2017 9:24 AM

Maybe the large tires in small fender wells dictates the lousy turn radius.

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08/25/2017 2:41 AM

That probably has a lot to do with it. Though it could be a safety feature - as you're running down the drag strip, you don't want the front wheels to overcorrect. And most owners aren't going to do u-turns or take the car to the local Home Depot or Costco, so you don't need much or a turning radius for parking.

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08/22/2017 4:08 AM

Haha! Take a look at the order sheet! $1 options? Then look at the base MSRP at $86,090!!!

More options available for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon RWD
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LEATHER FRONT SEAT GROUP
-inc: Bright Pedals, Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert, Power Tilt/Telescope Steering Column, Heated Front Seats, Heated Steering Wheel, Front Floor Mats, Front Passenger Seat
Code: AC6
$1,420.00 $1,595.00
CLOTH FRONT PASSENGER SEAT
-inc: Bright Pedals, Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert, Front Floor Mats, Front Passenger Seat
Code: AC8
$1.00 $1.00
CLOTH REAR SEAT OPTION
-inc: Luxury Front & Rear Floor Mats, Rear 60/40 Folding Seat, Rear Armrest w/Cupholder Seat, Child Seat Upper Tether Anchorages, Center Rear 3-Point Seat Belt
Code: AFH
$1.00 $1.00
LEATHER REAR SEAT OPTION
-inc: Heated Front Seats, Luxury Front & Rear Floor Mats, Rear 60/40 Folding Seat, Rear Armrest w/Cupholder Seat, Child Seat Upper Tether Anchorages, Center Rear 3-Point Seat Belt
Code: AFP
$1.00 $1.00
DEMON VEHICLE STORAGE PACKAGE
-inc: MOPAR Battery Manager, Demon Car Cover
Code: ALV
$423.00 $475.00
CLOTH SEAT COMFORT AUDIO GROUP
-inc: 18 Speakers Premium Audio System, Bright Pedals, Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert, harman/kardon GreenEdge Amp, Front Floor Mats, Front Passenger Seat
Code: AGF
$886.00 $995.00
LEATHER SEATS COMFORT AUDIO GROUP
-inc: 18 Speakers Premium Audio System, Bright Pedals, Front Passenger Seat Belt Alert, Power Tilt/Telescope Steering Column, Heated Front Seats, harman/kardon GreenEdge Amp, Heated Steering Wheel, Front Floor Mats, Front Passenger Seat
Code: AGY
$2,221.00 $2,495.00
ENGINE BLOCK HEATER
Code: NHK
$85.00 $95.00
POWER SUNROOF
Code: GWA
$4,446.00 $4,995.00
FRONT LICENSE PLATE BRACKET
Code: MDA
$0.00 $0.00
PAINTED BLACK SATIN GRAPHICS PACKAGE
Code: MEH
$3,111.00 $3,495.00
PAINTED BLACK SATIN HOOD
Code: MYW
$1,776.00 $1,995.00
TRUNK CARPET KIT
Code: CKM
$1.00 $1.00
RED SEAT BELTS
Code: CGQ
$174.00 $195.00
DESTINATION SURCHARGE (HAWAII)
(Regional)
$50.00 $50.00
MANUFACTURER'S STATEMENT OF ORIGIN
Code: YEP
$0.00 $0.00
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GAS GUZZLER TAX
REQUIRED on vehicles where fuel economy fails to meet certain statutory levels.
Code: 3EJ
$1,751.00 $1,700.00
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