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PostHeaderIcon Sorry Folks, No Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Coming for 2019

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon may be called as such, but you might as well throw “unicorn” in its name because contrary to prevalent rumors surfacing these days, Dodge has no plans to follow up the 2018 Demon with a 2019 version. Don’t even bother wishing upon any stars or hoping for leprechauns at the end of the rainbow; it’s not happening. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a one-year model. No more, no less.


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“Keeping the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon as a 2018 model was actually the plan all along”

Keeping the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon as a 2018 model was actually the plan all along. Those rumors of a 2019 model were never really validated in any capacity so chock those up the Internet doing Internet things. Dodge indicated from the beginning that the Demon would only be built and sold for 2018, and in a recent interview with Allpar, company boss Tim Kuniskis doubled down on that position. “2018 only, one-and-done,” he said. “The people who sit back and wait for next year are going to miss out.”

Granted, just because Kuniskis’ comments are about as clear as unwavering as they can be, that’s not going to stop FCA executives from overruling his decision if they suddenly wake up with an itch to continue the Demon’s production well past its initial timetable. Doing so, though, could open a can of worms from upset customers who were led to believe that one of the Demon’s touchstone features is its exclusivity. The 3,300-unit limit was one of the reasons why the Demon sold out as quickly as it did. A lot of people bought them for the sole purpose of turning into prized collectibles. If Dodge adds more Demon models to the market, these models could have a massive impact — a negative one at that — on the value of the 2018 models. Worse, the automaker could be on the receiving end of lawsuits for false advertising, among other gripes.


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“The 3,300-unit limit was one of the reasons why the Demon sold out as quickly as it did”

Dodge has reached the point of no return for the Challenger SRT Demon. It showed its cards for the world to see, and the world reacted accordingly. If the company suddenly revealed an ace up its sleeve, it’s not going to be received positively by those who will think that they were duped out of a car that’s already trending up as a future collectible.

For now, don’t expect to see Dodge change its position. The Challenger SRT Demon will remain a 2018 model. But just because it is, it doesn’t mean that its components are going to be. Some of these components could be used in a number of applications. Some, in fact, are already being used by other models. The Demon’s flared body, for example, is now available as a widebody option for the Challenger Hellcat. Mechanically, the Demon’s Torque Reserve system has also found its way on the Jeep Trackhawk. If these components could be used on other models, you can be sure that FCA will find a way to use them. That includes the Demon’s warmongering 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine that produces 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque. An engine this potent is going to make its way into other models. That much you can count on.

But as far as a 2019 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon? You can put those dreams to rest. It’s not happening.

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