2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon First Drive

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon First Drive

Just when you thought that Dodge could not be the only one, the Challenger SRT Demon 2018 raises the horsepower and performance of the Challenger. The Demon is only shaking the 707-horsepower red of the previous Hellcat. It also adds 101 more horsepower (on gas pumping). Both default to only 500 hp with the black key.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon First Drive

One caveat: for the timed performance claimed in its press releases, Dodge equipped the front tires with pizza-coupe, racing slides, ran it at 147 feet above sea level at 8:34. With an ambient temperature of 40 degrees on a fully prepared surface, and used a 100 octane fuel to allow the V-8 6.2-liter superalloy to make at least 840 hp and 717 lb-ft or torque. The National Hot Rod Association has certified Demon’s quarter-mile at 9.650 seconds at 140.09 mph. Dodge also claimed 1.0 seconds to 30 mph and 0 to 60 km / h in 2.3 seconds. Huzzah. Whether you consider a “production car registration” depends on you.

Seven months later, Dodge gave us nine runs to run a few variations of the Demon Down Lucas Oil Raceway’s Dragstrip in Indianapolis in an effort to make us believe his claims. However, in fact, the duplications will prove very elusive for the 3,000 US buyers and 300 Canadian buyers who have already agreed to pay at least $ 87,790 to try.

In fact, these buyers will have to spend at least $ 1 more on the black wood Demon case, which includes front-runner (less tires), valve stems, a powertrain control module With high octane calibration to recognize 100 octane, the virtual button added to select it from the touch screen and a huge conical air filter. The custom serial case also contains a passenger-side mirror to cover the hole after removal, Demon brand tools to change the car from street use to track, and a custom foam holder that fits perfectly Chest to carry the wheels and lean tools. (This reminds us of the original 1967 Camaro Z / 28, whose exhaust headers and other ready-to-run items were shipped to the trunk of the other car stock).

The Demon team took about 200 pounds out of the car compared to a Hellcat, so other $ 1 Demon options include a front passenger seat, a rear seat and a trunk mat. There are other heavier seats, high-end audio and appearance options that cost a lot more than a dollar.

Learning how to use the car’s standard line lock to produce smoky burns to heat the Demon-spec Nitto drag radios (315 / 40R18) was the easy part. Learning to use the brake to access the torque reserve of the car proved a bit more difficult. It’s a bit of an exercise to rub your belly and your head: the car should be in slide mode with the brake pedal firmly pressed in with the left foot. You must then pull and hold the two change pallets and raise the engine rpm offset (to gently load the transmission), after which the minimum rpm is reached, you can release a pallet then the brake (the car remains in Setting the engine speed with the throttle), and finally the other shift paddle. This transfers up to 2,500 pounds of weight backwards, so the horizon soak and the front tires dance on the sticky dredging tape. Wait for your molars.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon First Drive

It is very strange / disconcerting to eliminate the pressure of the brake pedal – holding the raging car in place with a simple shift paddle while the transmission is fully locked looks like holding a bull of the load Of his pen by a single hair tail. The engine seems even strange as it plugs into anger under slight acceleration. It’s not like a supercharged V-8 but more like a Cessna 152 at idle before takeoff. But the effectiveness of the brake is undeniable. The high-speed torque converter, torque multiplication that occurs inside the eight-speed TorqueFlight 8HP90 eight-speed transmission and the 2.7-liter (per revolution) supercharger increase of 8.3 psi allow torque Of 534 lb-ft available immediately at launch (at about 1,500-2,000 rpm).

Have we lifted the front wheels from the ground as the pictures show? No, but we felt that the nose was becoming light under insufficient conditions. It seems all the time during launch and how fast the driver opens the accelerator. Automatic upshifts are quick enough for the hood to dive only every time. The most important sound at the beginning is that the rear tires look for grip when the pilot probes the accelerator. Too much accelerator too early, easily roats the drag radars, even on the VHT and rubber surface. Too little, and the nose falls. Coordination, timing and X-factor of the trouser seat are required for a good launch. Once the Demon is fully plugged in and the accelerator is wooded, the overwhelming noise comes from the overeating groaning. The next surprising sound comes after the finish line in the relative void of silence. It is the sound of the driver who exhales in his helmet before going to the brake pedal.

Did we work in the nineties? Again, no. Dodge did not allow the runway timers to be turned on, but the self-declared SRT performance pages from the car told us that our best quarterback mile was an 11-flat. Keep in mind that our car had optional heated / ventilated leather front seats, a heated / reclining telescoping tilt steering wheel and floor / trunk mats. The car’s development drivers would have operated 10.5s in a single-seat car in the same 88-degree heat with 65% humidity at 1,060 feet elevation. We were not crazy. It was just a hot and cute Indiana day in July, not a nice Florida evening in December.

Bench race all you want but choose your actual days / racing locations and exercise your Demon wisely if you want to keep your pink slip. It’s fast. It’s a little tricky. But this is not immune to weather conditions or the competence of the driver.

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