We recently spent a day on the drag strip behind the wheel of the absolutely bonkers 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. We didn’t have the skills to get near its 9.65-second 1/4 mile record, but it still was the fastest accelerating car we’ve ever driven.
Weighing in at nearly 200 pounds less and packing 133 more horses than the already bonkers Challenger SRT Hellcat, the Demon truly lives up to its name.
The Demon gets ready for a launch down the 1/4-mile drag strip at US 131 Motorsports Park in Martin, Michigan. Check out those massive overfenders, which give the car a super wide track.
Getting a burnout going in the Challenger SRT Demon is surprisingly easy. Simply turn on Line Lock mode, build up some brake pressure, hold the "OK" button on the steering wheel, then release the brakes and go to town on the throttle. Voila, instant tire smoke.
Launching down the drag strip generates up to 1.8Gs of force as the Demon can zoom from 0-to-60 mph in as little as 2.3 seconds. The only production car transbrake system lets the Demon's transmission hold revs, and trims valuable time off of every launch.
Our favorite color combo for the Demon is the glossy black, with the red devil graphics. Not only is the look incredibly intimidating, the widebody parts look the most seamless in black.
For just $1 extra, each limited-edition Demon comes with the awesome looking Demon Crate, a toolbox filled with drag strip goodies like skinny front wheels, a high-octane powertrain module, a hydraulic floor jack, impact wrench, and more.
At 45.2 square inches, the enormous "Air-Grabber" hood scoop is the largest available on any production car, and gulps air in to keep the engine cool and the powerful supercharger spinning.
Despite its immense power, the interior of the Demon is as comfy and practical as other Challengers, assuming you go for the front passenger and rear seat, which are each $1 options. The Alcantara surfaces are a welcome addition to improve grippiness of the steering wheel and seating surfaces.
The devil lurks everywhere in this bad boy. The iconic Demon's head crops up everywhere from the tire sidewalls to the embossed leather seatbacks.
He's even there on the engine block - a reminder of the 840 horses and 717 lb-ft. of torque burbling under the hood.
Contrasting the skinny drag strip front-runner wheels are simply massive P315/40R18 drag radials in the back. Measuring 12.6" wide, these tires have 15% more contact area than the ones on the Challenger Hellcat for added grip.
With impressive upgrades to its engine, driveline, tires, cooling, tuning, and more, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is the fastest production car down the drag strip, and one of the fastest launching cars ever made. Just 3,000 of the $85,000+ Demons are being made, and every single one is already spoken for.
Thanks so much to Dodge and SRT for the opportunity to go hands-on with the Challenger SRT Demon. Being launched down the drag strip like a rocket is an experience we won't ever forget.