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2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Starting at $86,390

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

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By Eric Stafford


The Challenger SRT Demon is even mightier than the Hellcat version, boasting up to 840 horsepower and exclusive drag-racing equipment. Did we mention that it can do a wheelie, too? While the limited-edition Demon went out of production after the 2018 model year, it remains one of the coolest and craziest cars to ever wear a Dodge badge. Many of its engine and transmission goodies are now available on the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye. Still, even the most powerful pony-car competitors, such as the 650-hp Chevy Camaro ZL1 and the all-new 700-plus-horsepower Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, will be hard-pressed to match the straight-line acceleration of the Demon.

Engines, Ride, and Handling

The heart of this demonic Challenger is its 808-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. Wait, didn't we already say it makes 840 horsepower? That is correct, but only when the gas tank is filled with 100-plus-octane race fuel and the $1 Demon Crate package is added, which includes a special engine controller that helps unlock the engine's full potential. Add—or should we say subtract—numerous interior pieces to make it lighter, along with the many other weight-saving methods, and Dodge claims the Demon can cover the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. What does that mean? It's (expletive) fast, that's what.

While we haven't tested one at our test track, we've driven it at the drag strip and confirmed its gut-punch takeoffs. Of course, that performance requires more than just big horsepower and torque numbers. Every Demon has a host of specialized upgrades that we've covered in-depth. Highlights include adjustable dampers that help transfer the weight rearward during takeoffs. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission has a trans brake that helps launch the car harder, along with other enhancements. A set of standard supersticky tires are stuffed under its four flared fenders while a pair of 4.5-inch-wide front wheels are included in the Demon Crate—tires sold separately. Although this drag-racing special was never meant for twisting tracks or winding roads, it can be driven comfortably to cruise nights and car shows. Just don't accidentally mistake the right pedal for the left.

Interior and Technology

Inside, the Demon's design resembles every other Dodge Challenger model. This version, however, can be stripped down by removing the passenger-side and rear seats and swapping some luxury amenities, such as the power-adjustable steering wheel and complex audio system, for simpler alternatives. However, those who want to keep the seats so they can take their passengers for hell rides can have them added back in for just $1. The sound system and several other creature comforts—such as a power sunroof, heated steering wheel, and heated and ventilated front seats—can also be added for those who opt for the tamer package.


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