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PostHeaderIcon The Challenger SRT Demon Will Terrorize the Strip Thanks to a Factory TransBrake

Another week has passed, and that means that it’s time to see yet another Dodge Demon teaser video. So far, the videos have shown us where the demon shed some weight, what kind of tires it has, the suspension system, its hardened driveline and launch system that prevents wheel hop, exhaust note, and the performance pages in its 8.4-inch uConnect infotainment system. The wildest thing so far is considered by most to be the way the car literally bends its tires on launch, and we get to see more of that again in this video, right before the car hauls ass down a dragstrip looking and sounding as sexy as it could be.

But, that’s not all that we learned with the release of the 11th teaser video. Dodge has also announced that the Challenger SRT Demon will be the first production car ever to be equipped from the factory with a TransBrake. That’s right, Dodge wasn’t lying when it said the Demon was built for the straight line, and this new little piece of data proves exactly that. Instead of having to use the two-foot method to secure a good launch, the driver will be able to rev the engine up to 2,350 rpm without having to touch the brake pedal. The system makes use of the paddle shifters to engage and release the TransBrake, which is said to result in a 30-percent decrease in reaction time over traditional two-foot launches. The system locks the output shaft of the transmission and is said to increase launch boost pressures by 105 percent and engine launch torque by 120 percent – now those bending tires really make sense, right?

But, that’s not all, as the driveline also features a preload process that guarantees engine torque is applied through the entire driveline – all the way to the rear wheels. According to Dodge, this system allows full engine torque to be applied to the wheels in as little as 150 milliseconds after the paddle shifter (TransBrake) is released. All told, you’ll experience faster acceleration at launch, better 60-foot and quarter-mile times, and 40 percent more torque at launch compared to vehicles that require the two-foot launch method. Doesn’t sound too bad at all, but we’re ready to see the car in the metal. It will officially debut at the New York Auto Show in a couple of weeks, but until then, check out the latest teaser video and let us know what you think so far.


PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger Demon Shows Up in "The Fate of the Furious" Music Video

Although it has yet to be officially unveiled, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is already a legend. Not just because it promises to be the most powerful factory-built muscle car yet, but also due to the numerous previews Dodge has released so far, as well as its role in the upcoming “The Fate of the Furious” film. We’ve already seen some of its design cues in the company’s teasers, but the latest music video from the upcoming “Fast and Furious” movie gives us a better look at the Demon.

Made by Lil Uzi Vert, Quavo & Travis Scott, artists of which I don’t much about because I’m not into this type of music, “Go Off” includes quite a few scenes from the movie and plenty of footage with the brand-new Challenger. The car is even performing burnouts and donuts, and even though we’ve seen it burn rubber in Dodge’s very own videos, it’s actually nice to see it in a different location than the drag strip or the dyno.

The music video further confirms the car’s aggressive aero package, from the massive scoop on the engine hood to the extremely wide wheel arches, and the revised rear bumper. The fat wheels also get to show off on film while turning rubber into smoke. Unfortunately, there’s no hints about output and performance, but we should find out more from the upcoming teasers. Meanwhile, hit “play” to watch the Demon in action.


PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger Demon Uses "Torque Reserve" to Run Quicker Quarter Miles

With the 2017 Geneva Motor Show almost over now, it’s time to focus on upcoming events and cars. More specifically, the New York Auto Show is just a few weeks away, and so is the unveiling of the incredible Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Dodge just launched a new teaser for the muscle car.

Called “No Pills,” the latest video showcases the Demon’s exhaust note as it prepares to run the quarter-mile. And needless to say, it sounds like there might be something wrong with the supercharged V-8 under the hood. But Dodge is quick to explain that the unique exhaust note is the result of an advanced torque reserve launch system specifically designed for drag racing.

So what’s torque reserve? Glad you asked. According to Dodge, the system lets more air flow through the engine before launch, allowing for increased supercharger rpm without torque overwhelming the brakes and spinning the rear tires. Available when the car is used in Launch Mode only, torque mode kicks in when engine rpm is greater than 1,000.

When that happens, it closes the bypass valve on the supercharger and manages fuel flow to cylinders and changes spark timing. To balance engine rpm and torque, the powertrain controller briefly cuts fuel flow to selected cylinders, which creates the noticeable change in the exhaust tone. With torque reserve managing the engine output, the supercharged engine builds boost pressure before leaving the starting line and reaches maximum boost pressure quicker. This enables the SRT Demon to make better use of its increased contact patch drag radials and get off the line quicker and run the quarter miles faster.

Again, there’s no specific data about how quick the Demon is on the drag strip, but we should find out more closer to the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. Four more teasers will be released over the next four weeks, with the fifth to effectively launch the production model. Stay tuned!


PostHeaderIcon Dodge Drops Ninth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge has launched yet another teaser video ahead of the 2018 SRT Demon’s launch at the 2017 New York Auto Show. Like the other teaser videos before it, this one gives little detail but entices with exhaust noises, supercharger while, and tire smoke. What details are given are clearly gifts from Dodge’s marketing department. Today they’re milking this debut is a drastic understatement. Nevertheless, there are a few cleverly-planted hints, including the horsepower rating.

Watching the video above, you’ll see the Challenger’s 8.4-inch Uconnect infotainment screen and its SRT Performance Pages. Like the current SRT-branded Dodge vehicles, these pages include auxiliary gauges, G-meter, and powertrain setup options that include suspension, transmission, and engine tuning. However, the Demon’s Performance Pages are clearly different.

Not only are they updated, but also contain a new data recorder feature. Look closely enough and you’ll spot some other nuggets of information. Check out the clock – 757. Seems awful conspicuous, especially when the new Dyno chart page shows a peak horsepower of roughly 757. The torque curve is just beneath, perhaps around 750 pound-feet. While that’s below the rumored 800 horsepower, the dyno chart doesn’t even show 800 horsepower on the graph. Interesting. (Or Dodge is playing us.)

For the rest of Dodge’s tease, keep reading.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger Demon Has Industry-First Launch Assist That Prevents Wheel Hop

Dodge has already launched seven teasers for the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon and it has been pretty clear that the muscle car was designed to destroy any competition at the drag strip. Still skeptical about that? Well, it’s time you find out that the Demon is equipped with a range of race-hardened parts and that it has tech that protects the driveline from damage during hard launches. You can also forget about wheel hop, as the car’s Launch Assist system uses the wheel speed sensors to watch for signs that the tires are slipping or sticking.

What this means is that if slip is detected, the SRT Demon’s control module reduces engine torque to maximize traction almost instantly, without the driver having to lift his foot off the throttle. Launch Assist also reduces loads in the driveline from wheel hop by more than 15-20 percent, thus reducing component damage. This is an industry-first feature and should help the Demon deliver impressive quarter-mile runs.

Dodge also upgraded several components in order to improve durability and power delivery. For instance, it upgraded the torque shaft by using high-strength steel and a 20-percent increase in tube thickness and heat treated stub-shafts, which increases torque capacity by 15 percent. A new differential housing made from heat-treated aluminum alloy also enhanced torque capacity by 30 percent. Additionally, upgraded 41-spline half shafts deliver 20 percent increased torque capacity. This was accomplished through the use of increased diameter high-strength low alloy steel and eight-ball joints that improve torque capacity while reducing operating temperatures by more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit.

Drivetrain upgrades aside, Dodge revealed that the driver will be able to use a new four-point harness bar at the track. It’s made by Speedlogix and it can be installed without cutting or drilling anything in the car, as mounting points were made accessible in the back. As a quick reminder, the Demon doesn’t have rear seats.

Stay tuned for another teaser next week and don’t forget to tune in for the full update from the 2017 New York Auto Show in April.


PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Gets Drag Mode, Promises to Win Races

Hey folks, another week has passed and it’s time to watch a brand-new teaser for the upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Dubbed “Third Law,” the 20-second clip showcases the car’s suspension system and ends with a photo of the Demon doing a massive burnout at the drag strip. You guessed it, this thing is going to post some amazing quarter-mile times and dominate just about any amateur drag race across the U.S.

As it has done in most recent teasers, Dodge compares the Demon to the Hellcat yet again. This time around, the brand argues that while the Hellcat’s supercharged engine produces all the power required to run quicker and faster quarter-mile sprints, the car was tuned for the perfect balance between “drag strip brute force, road course competence and street car civility.” By contrast, the Demon was designed to perform best in Drag Mode, which in combination with its all-new suspension system maximizes weight transfer and traction and control for mind-boggling quarter-mile runs.

“The “old school” solution was pretty simple – get the quickest reacting springs up front, the softest rebound front shocks that wouldn’t restrict the springs’ reaction, remove any restrictions (sway bar) and increase the compression of the rear shocks,” Dodge explained. “This combination resulted in extremely efficient weight transfer, but provided minimal lateral stability in the event that directional corrections were required. Demon combines the best of both mechanical and electronic tuning to deliver maximum launch force while still maintaining precision directional control.”

Dodge also claims that the SRT Demon is the first-ever factory production car with mechanical/electronic drag-race-specific suspension tuning. The system includes 35-percent lower rate front springs, 28-percent lower rate rear springs, 75-percent lower rate hollow front sway bar, 44-percent lower rate rear sway bar, and drag-tuned Bilstein adaptive damping shocks.

Unfortunately, there’s no word as to how quick the Demon will be on the drag strip, but we should find out closer to launch. The Drag Mode is also set to be showcased in the “coming weeks,” so make sure you stay tuned for updates.


PostHeaderIcon New Teaser Confirms that the Dodge Challenger Demon Will Have Tremendous Grip

Another week has passed and Dodge has launched a new teaser for the upcoming Challenger SRT Demon. The sixth out of 14 to be released before the muscle car makes it’s debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show, the new teaser is called “Multiplication” and showcases the car’s tires and torque converter. The actual clip doesn’t provide much information beyond the fact that the Demon can buckle its tires just like a dragster, but luckily Dodge also released a statement with precious bits of information.

For starters, it says that the 315/40R 18 Nitto NT05R street-legal drag radials, which are 12.6 inches wide, were designed and developed specifically for the Challenger SRT Demon using a new compound and unique tire construction. This enables the muscle car to handle higher launch torque loads, which prompted Dodge to give the Demon more torque multiplication. Specifically, the coupe is fitted with a higher stall speed torque converter and 3.09 rear axle gears, which returns significant improvements in various departments compared to the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

For instance, the special tires give the Demon a 15-percent larger tire contact patch and more than twice as much grip. Also, both converter torque multiplication and rear axle torque multiplication increase by about 18 percent. In all, these upgrades enable the Demon to generate more than 35 percent higher launch force than a Challenger Hellcat.

No wonder those tires bend like they’re made of bubble gum…

The next teaser will be launched on February 23, while big unveiling is set to take place in April. Meanwhile, check out the short teaser above and stay tuned for updates.


PostHeaderIcon Official: Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger

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While we are waiting with bated breath for the new Demon Challenger, Dodge hit us with a new limited edition celebrating the 80th anniversary of Mopar brand. The celebratory model is called the Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger and as you might have already guessed it is limited to just 80 units for the two available paint schemes, so it’s 160 in total.

The biggest highlight of Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger, and what really puts the spotlight on the Mopar connection, is a couple of hand painted two-tone exterior finishes available for this model all from Mopar custom Shop’s exclusive catalog. They include Pitch Black/Contusion Blue and Pitch Black/Billet Silver. Besides the paint jobs, these exclusive Mopars are also garnished with performance parts, accessories, an exclusive owner’s kit and a serialized badge to make the owner feel even more special.

Among the highlights of the exterior on Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger one can mention the hand painted Mopar 392 logo, Shaker Hood package by Mopar and Shaker Hood scoop surround in Pitch Black and rear decklid spoiler also in the same dark shade, SRT Hellcat black exhaust tip, and 20 inch wheels. Moving inside, you will see Tungsten stitching matching the Mopar logo throughout he cabin and performance seats in addition to that serialized badge.

Priced at $55,790 MSRP, the limited edition Mopar ’17 Challenger comes with a 6.4-liter, 392 HEMI engine developing 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque.

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PostHeaderIcon Mopar '17 Dodge Challenger

Introduced in 2008, the fourth-generation Challenger is the first modern iteration of the nameplate and revived the iconic pony car after 25-year hiatus. Upgraded in 2015, the current Challenger is set to remain in production until 2019. After launching several new models and trims, including the SRT Hellcat and the all-wheel-drive GT, Dodge introduced the special-edition Mopar ’17 at the 2017 Chicago Auto Show.

Created to celebrate Mopar’s 80th Anniversary, the ’17 Challenger includes numerous Mopar performance parts and accessories, as well as an exclusive owner’s kit and a serialized badge. Limited to only 160 units, it joins an exclusive club as the eighth limited-edition, Mopar-modified vehicle delivered straight from the factory. The Mopar ’17 Challenger follows the Mopar ’10 Challenger, Mopar ’11 Charger, Mopar ’12 300, Mopar ’13 Dart, Mopar ’14 Challenger, Mopar ’15 Dodge Charger R/T, and Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel.

“Since its birth in 1937, Mopar has evolved from the name of an antifreeze product to a global customer-care brand,” said Pietro Gorlier, Head of Parts and Service of FCA. “The Mopar ’17 Dodge Challenger, our latest limited-edition vehicle, is a testament to this philosophy, showcasing how Mopar assists owners in personalizing all FCA US vehicles.”

Set to arrive in select dealerships in early second quarter of 2017, the Mopar ’17 Challenger is arguably one of the most exciting products introduced at the Chicago Auto Show.

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PostHeaderIcon FCA Gives Dodge Viper Official Expiration Date

And so it is, the end of the Dodge Viper now has an official date. For years, rumors and speculation surrounding the Viper’s fate has been one of the most talked-about items in the auto industry and while we’ve known for quite a while now that Dodge was in fact sending the Viper to retirement, we didn’t receive an official date until Fiat Chrysler Automobiles design chief and former SRT CEO Ralph Gilles finally made the announcement at the Chicago Auto Show. The Dodge Viper, after a polarizing run in the industry spanning 25 years, will no longer be built on August 31, 2017.

Check your calendars, ladies and gentlemen. That’s a little over six months away until we officially say goodbye to the iconic sports car. For those who need a refresher, the Viper burst into American automotive consciousness in 1992 before becoming an unwitting victim of Chrysler’s bankruptcy that led to the car taking a temporary hiatus. It came back in 2013, but it was never the same as slow sales and evolving consumer preferences turned the Viper into an expendable model.

FCA ultimately decided in 2015 to retire the Viper this year and with Gilles’ comments in Chicago, the cast for the brash and brutish sports car’s tombstone is now being created.

It’s a sad end for the model many believed to be America’s last true sports car. For a time, the Viper was a force of sports car personality that epitomized the rawness and unbridled thrill of sports car driving. It was never the best-looking sports car, nor was it the fastest and most powerful. But it did have all three qualities in spades and unlike most of today’s refined and tech-driven performance car’s the Viper’s reputation for being difficult to tame spoke to the thrill of actually being able to drive the sports car up to its full potential.

It’s been a great run for the Dodge Viper and the car will undoubtedly be missed by the industry. But like everything else, every story has an opening and closing chapter, and the Viper’s closing chapter will come to a conclusion on August 31.

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PostHeaderIcon Hear the Challenger SRT Demon Roar in Dodge's Latest Teaser Video

Dodge has just released the fifth video teaser of the Challenger SRT Demon, revealing more details about the upcoming muscle car. Along with the clip, Dodge also unleashed four new high-resolution photos. Both the video (called “Forced Induction”) and the pictures highlight the coupe’s supercharger and “Air Grabber” system.

There aren’t any significant hints about engine data or the size of the new supercharged, but the soundtrack includes the roar of the 6.2-liter V-8 when idling and under full throttle. And needless to say, it sounds amazing.

Other than that, the video shows air entering through the two intakes flanking the headlights and the massive scoop atop the hood, which includes the “Air Grabber,” described as the largest functional cold air intake ever installed on a production car. The system drops the air temperature by more than 30 degrees compared the Hellcat.

The Challenger SRT Demon is set to break cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April. Until then, Dodge is set to release nine more videos. The next one will hit the Interwebz next Thursday (February 20). Stick around for updates.


PostHeaderIcon Does the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Have 900 HP?

Although we have yet to see the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in the flesh, we already know many things about it. For starters, we know that it will be one heck of a muscle car. We know it will be the most powerful, factory-built muscle car, as well as the quickest from 0 to 60 mph. We also know it will be RWD and that it will have a few unique features inside and out. It’s also safe to assume that it will be powered by the same supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Hellcat. However, there’s no word as to how much horsepower it will have. This mystery was seemingly solved today by a picture posted on Instagram.

The photo in question was posted by Ryan Nagode, an FCA designer, and shows the refreshed UConnect screen on the center stack. On closer inspection, the display also includes a dyno graph showing a peak horsepower rating of around 900 horsepower. Likewise, the torque graph in the same image suggests a rating of around 850 pound-feet.

That’s almost 200 horsepower and 200 pound-feet more than the Challenger SRT Hellcat and a whole lot of oomph for a factory muscle car! Not only does it render most aftermarket packages obsolete, but it makes the Demon almost as powerful as supercars like the Ferrari LaFerrari and McLaren P1. Insane!

Now before you go crazy and start yelling “hell, yeah!” in your living room, I need to point out that Nagode said the image is for “rendering purposes only” and, more importantly, the dashboard section seen in the picture is actually from a Durango SUV. This could mean that Dodge is just trying to build more hype around the Demon and the dyno graph is just a clever way to attract attention. It could also be true, a scenario I’d very much prefer, but we won’t know for sure until Dodge spills the beans.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Durango SRT

The Dodge Durango started life as a mid-size, body-on-frame SUV in 1998 and became a full-size SUV for its second generation, which ran from 2004 to 2009. That second-gen model saw declining sales year after year, going from 137,148 sales for the 2004 model year down to just 3,521 for the 2009 model year. The Durango then fell out of production for 2010 (only 572 examples were sold that year), and by the time the 2011 model year came around, Dodge had redesigned the Durango into a full-sized unibody that was sportier than ever with a more upscale interior. Engine options for the current generation have been limited to a 3.6-liter Pentastar and Dodge’s 5.7-liter Hemi, but that is about to change now that Dodge is introducing the Dodge Durango SRT, which includes an even sportier exterior and interior package to go with a 6.4-liter Hemi (392 cubic-inches,) something that makes the Durango the fastest SUV in its class.

If it seems to you like the Durango was ready to see its fourth-generation before it got yet another trim level, then I would have to say I agree. The current generation has been on the market since 2011 and was updated for the 2014 model year. But, FCA is trying to hold off on pushing out so many new-gen models and is instead focusing on coming up with new ways to bring interest to the models that are actually due for an update. The most obvious car this is happening to is the Dodge Challenger with its new SRT Demon, but the Durango is another one of those models that will soldier on for another year or two. But, at least you can now get it with that 6.4-liter Hemi wrapped in a very sexy package with room for six.

Tim Kuniskis, the Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler, and Fiat, said, “The new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT is America’s fastest, most powerful and most capable three-row SUV. This is what you get when you take everything great about the Durango and combine it with the performance of the Charger SRT: a 12-second quarter mile, toy-hauling, three-row muscle car.”

Needless to say, this is one badass Durango, so let’s dive on into the finer details and talk more about it.

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PostHeaderIcon 2018 Dodge Durango SRT Revealed with 475 hp

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There seems to be an insatiable demand in the market for high powered SUVs and it is vast enough that even something like the Durango can have a share of it. This is the all-new 2018 Dodge Durango SRT and it is pitched by its makers as the most powerful three-row SUV. Given the performance this thing delivers, they are not that far off the mark with that claim.

Boasting a 392-cubic-inch HEMI V8 with 475 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque, the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT has a 0-60 time of in 4.4 seconds, and a quarter mile in 12.9 seconds as certified by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). And if you don’t believe it, maybe the amount of smoke it can generate spinning all its four wheels in the video below will convince you:

Besides the excellent engine, other highlights of the 2018 Dodge Durango SRT include SRT hood with a functional cold-air duct and heat extractors to cool the engine and improve overall performance, TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission specifically calibrated, SRT seven-mode drive system gives the driver the ability to precisely adjust drive settings to maximize performance or comfort, Track mode, performance-tuned AWD system, Active Damping System, stiff springs, new Brembo high-performance six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers and vented rotors, and…

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Drops Fourth Teaser For The Challenger SRT Demon

Dodge is really trying to boast its upcoming Challenger SRT Demon with a new video every week that comes complete with at least one cryptic message. The problem is that there are quite a few negative comments floating around now that we know a little more about the Demon. First off, the front passenger and rear seats will be deleted as will things like the trunk lining and most of the speakers. But, what’s really triggering negativity is how Dodge is going about some of its weight reduction processes. It’s replacing the solid sway bars with smaller, hollow units, and it’s using a smaller brake setup as opposed to going with carbon or ceramic units. Be that as it may, Dodge still thinks the Demon is going to be a big hit, and the fourth teaser video shows us a crate that will come with the Demon that is loaded with a number of Demon-branded tools and other paraphernalia that is said to help make the car flexible so that it can perform on the street or on the track.

According to Dodge, the crate comes with direct connection Demon performance parts, Demon-branded track tools, matching Demon spare wheels, and a Demon track pack system. There’s no word on exactly what tools are included, but the video showcases a torque wrench, battery-powered impact, and a floor jack. At the very end of the video, we see one end of a five-point harness sticking out of the box, so it’s safe to assume that’s part of the track pack system. It’s a pretty cool idea, and would certainly look nice sitting in my garage, but it also seems like Dodge is taking a play out of BMW’s playbook and trying to scrape together some extra cheddar from fanboys that are willing to pay extra for something a little different. After all, the Challenger itself is a decade old at this point and is long overdue for a redesign.

On a side note, I want to point out that the press release that accompanies the video also includes a shot of the personalized plate that will be riveted to each Demon crate. But, this plate is hiding another one of Dodge’s cryptic messages. The name shouldn’t come as a surprise to some, but for those of you who don’t know, Tom Coddington has a long history with Dodge and is credited for helping to make it the brand it is today. As for the numbers, the serial number of 0757 could point to the horsepower output of the Demon, which would put it at exactly 50 ponies higher than its Hellcat sibling. As for the Vin, on the other hand, it could be a release date (Nov 21, 2017) while some say that it points to the car having 1,121 pound-feet of torque. The latter seems a little outrageous, but these days anything is possible.

With that said, go ahead and click play on the video, then let us know what you think about all of this in the comments section below.


PostHeaderIcon Thinking of Buying a Challenger SRT Demon? You'll Have to Pay More for Less Car

We’ve known that the Challenger SRT Demon was going to shed some weight, but up until now, we weren’t really sure how much or how that weight would come off. But, word from Motor Authority, who is citing “Dodge Officials,” is that it will actually shed 232 pounds. It won’t happen by the usual weight-reduction techniques were accustomed to like the introduction of carbon fiber body components or lighter materials throughout. Instead, Dodge decided to go with the old-fashioned method of removing things piece by piece, and that means you’re going to be missing out a few amenities and will be forced to ride solo.

See, the Demon will lose 55 pounds thanks to the removal of the rear seats and another 58 pounds thanks to the removal of the front passenger seat. All speakers but the front door speakers are gone, cutting out another 24 pounds, while the removal of the parking sensors and the use of a manual tilt/telescoping steering wheel accounts for another six pounds lost. Smaller aluminum brakes and aluminum wheels cut out another 32 pounds. Dodge also removed components that cut down on noise and vibration, including the trunk liner and spare tire, and replaced the solid sway bars with hollow sway bars to cut off another 55 pounds. It loses a total of 232 pounds but gains an extra 17 somewhere along the way, which can be attributed to, at least in part, the wide body kit.

This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, though, as the Demon is being designed to tackle the straight track. But, that in itself also means that the option of AWD will be non-existent, and there may not be as many upgrades to the engine or computers that control it. It’s also quite possible that part of the extra 17 pounds could come from the addition of new performance tracking tools, but for now, that extra 17 pounds remains largely a mystery.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger Demon Sports a Cryptic License Plate, but What Does it Mean?

Dodge is on a mission to tease us to death with a new teaser of the Challenger SRT Demon every week until it makes its debut. But, it also includes cryptic messages with the teasers to hint at different things. This time around, we find out that the Demon will roll on standard drag radials right from the factory. The tires were designed specifically for the Demon by Nitto using “a new compound and specific tire construction” and are 315/40-series NT05R rubbers. They even have a little demon logo on the sidewall and wrap around 18×11-inch rims on each corner. But, back to the cryptic message at hand, it is a string of numbers on the Demon’s Michigan license plate that reads #2576@35. But the question is what exactly does it mean?

The most dominating theory portrayed by the trolls that haunt comment threads everywhere is that it represents 2,576 horsepower at 3,500 rpm. And, of course, the other outlandish theory is that it stands for 2,576 pound-feet of torque at 3,500 rpm – both are figures that are absolutely ridiculous if you look at it logically. Other theories that are floating around point to the fact that it could be a hint toward the supercharger, which would be a 2,576 cc (2.6-liter) unit that runs at 35 psi. Some have said that if you add a 1 to the front of each numbers, you’ll get 12.576@135 or 12.576 seconds at 135 mph, but that’s slower than the standard Hellcat, so that’s not likely to be correct either. Then, you’ve got the guys over at Jalopnik that think it might be a hint toward the car’s expected MSRP: $2,576 for 35 months would equal $90,160, a figure that wouldn’t be all that surprising considering the SRT Hellcat starts out at $64,195.

Car & Driver thinks the plate represents the total amount of torque sent to all four wheels simultaneously. That not only indicates that it would be all-wheel drive (which would also explain the massively wide front wheels) but actually makes a lot of sense. The Rear-wheel-drive SRT Hellcat makes 4,010 pound-feet at each driven wheel, and 2,576 pound-feet at all four wheels would compute to just over 800 pound-feet at the crank if it does have all-wheel drive.

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PostHeaderIcon Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Introduced in 2008, when Dodge basically revived the nameplate after a 25-year hiatus, the fourth-generation Challenger is the oldest muscle car available in U.S. showrooms and one of the longest running models as of 2017. Using underpinnings that date back to the W211-generation Mercedes-Benz E-Class (2002-2009), the Challenger managed to survive all these years agains the more modern Mustang and Camaro, redesigned in 2015 and 2016, respectively. But, even though the Challenger is dated compared to its rivals, it can be had with some of the most powerful drivetrains its segment, which is one of the reasons it’s still popular with pony car fans.

One of these engines is the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 that pumps no fewer than 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque in the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The impressive output makes the Hellcat the quickest and most powerful factory muscle car ever built. Most gearheads love it and dream about, while others find it rather ludicrous. Well, prepare for something downright insane, as Dodge is preparing Challenger to end all Challengers. It goes by the name SRT Demon and will break cover at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

Confirmed in January 2017, the Demon is still cloaked in secrecy. It’s design isn’t difficult to imagine since it’s based on the Hellcat (also confirmed by teasers and spy shots), but we’re still waiting for hints as to what might lurk under the hood. More details should become available as Dodge launches more teasers at www.ifyouknowyouknow.com. Be sure you stick around at TopSpeed for updates. Meanwhile, check out our speculative review below for what we already know about the Demon.

Update 01/26/2017: Dodge revealed the Challenger SRT Demon rides on bespoke, Demon-branded 315/40R18 Nitto drag radials at all four corners, securing the Demon’s status as a Hellcat-powered drag strip king.

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PostHeaderIcon Is This The Upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon?

Announced less than two weeks ago, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon — the Hellcat’s ludicrous brother — appears to be one of the best kept automotive secrets of the year. There weren’t any spy shots, leaked photos, or leaked insider information until just a couple of days ago. The Demon was born out of the blue, with a brief press release from Dodge and a logo. But could it be that we actually missed something in the last few months?

Recent discussions on the Demon topic unearthed a video that Fox published on YouTube back in December. The clip shows Vin Diesel holding a speech in front of the “Fast and Furious 8” crew and shows two beefed-up Challengers in the background. There are two identical cars that seem to be based on the Hellcat based on their headlamps and bumpers, but they also sport bigger splitters and larger intakes atop their engine hoods? Is the video actually giving us our first look at the Challenger SRT Demon?

The body modifications suggest that this may be a plausible scenario, especially since Dodge’s first teasers don’t reveal much about the design. The hood bulge seems to be similar though, but there is one detail that doesn’t match when I compared the “Fast and Furious 8” cars and the one in Dodge’s teaser. I’m talking about the wider wheel arches seen on the movie cars, which doesn’t seem to be present on the Demon shown in Dodge’s second video. Based on this element alone, the movie examples are probably just souped-up Hellcats.

The debate remains open until we can see more of the Demon, but go ahead and watch the video and tell me what you think in the comments section below.


PostHeaderIcon Dodge Drops Second Teaser Video For Challenger SRT Demon

About a week ago Dodge announced that the SRT Hellcat won’t go into the history books as the most powerful current-generation Challenger. A new model will step in with a much more extreme drivetrain and a “Demon” badge on its trunk lid. The announcement came with a preliminary teaser video, which wasn’t exactly revealing. Dodge also unveiled a new website which will air all teaser ads scheduled to be released until the car’s public debut at the New York Auto Show. The second clip is here to give us a better glimpse and the upcoming muscle car.

Although it doesn’t include a clear shot of the SRT Demon, the new “Reduction” teaser provides a few hints about the car’s design. For starters, you can notice that the Demon has a bigger front splitter, while the hood sports a massive bulge that probably hides a redesigned supercharger. A new spoiler is also visible around back, but the clues end here. Styling-aside, the footage was actually released to showcase the fact that the Demon will be lighter than the Hellcat. Lighter and more powerful is a great recipe for performance cars, so it’s all good news.

The video ends with the Demon’s engine roaring at full throttle. The V-8 is obviously supercharged and it sounds downright menacing. Hit play to watch the whole thing and make sure you stick around for more teasers and new information about the Challenger SRT Demon.


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