Dodge has teased us for what seems like forever, and finally we’ve beheld the new Challenger SRT Demon in its entirety. One of the most surprising details is that it “only” throws down 840 horsepower, because so many people were sure it would whip out at least 1,000 horsepower.
Before you think all the hype about the Demon is just hot air, know this: Dodge claims the car runs a 9.65 second quarter mile. That’s wicked quick, and it’s banned by NHRA. As for 0-60 acceleration, that takes just 2.3 seconds.
Under the hood with the low and super wide scoop is a supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Demon V-8 engine. Speaking of that scoop, it’s part of the Air-Grabber induction system, and it measures 45.2 inches wide. It mimics the huge smile drivers will be wearing after manhandling the Demon.
To get the peak 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque there’s a catch: you must run the car on 100-octane race gas. You can’t exactly get that at the Chevron around the corner. If you use regular pump gas, peak output degrades to a “weak” 808 horsepower and 717 lb.-ft. of torque. Those numbers make the Demon the most powerful production car engine ever made, and the most powerful production muscle car ever.
There are way too many details about the Demon to list them all. One of the most interesting is the SRT Power Chiller liquid-to-air intercooler, which has a function that continues to cool the supercharger and charge air cooler even after the engine has shut down.
So there you have it, Dodge has made yet another nuts muscle car, and it’s glorious.