- The new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is finally here, after months of teasing. Don't worry – it lives up to the hype.
- Dodge claims it's the quickest production car, in quarter-mile terms. Get a good launch and it'll dash through the quarter in 9.65sec at 140mph. Road & Track clocked a LaFerrari at a slower 9.7sec (but a faster trap of 149.1mph), for comparison.
- On the right surface, and with the right set-up, you'll win pretty much any race away from the lights; Dodge says the Demon is capable of sprinting from 0-30mph in 1.0sec and 0-60mph in 2.3sec.
- A lot of work has gone into making the Demon capable of such heady figures. Its 6.2-litre Hemi, for starters, thunders out up to 840bhp and 770lb ft – thanks to a bigger supercharger, more boost, a reworked air intake and twin fuel pumps.
- It also features an innovative 'Power Chiller', which uses the air-con refrigerant to cool the supercharger's heat exchangers, dropping the intake air temperature – boosting performance and reliability.
- Further waking up that V8 is a switchable tune which allows it to run on high-octane fuel. With this engaged, the Hemi produces 808bhp and 717lb ft. You'll need an optional ECU upgrade to get it developing the full 840bhp and 770lb ft.
- Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic that comes as standard with a transbrake. This locks the gearbox, by engaging first and reverse, and allows the driver to build up engine speed without the car creeping forwards.
- When you're ready to go, simply hit the paddle shifter – which serves as a launch trigger – and go.
- Guinness World Records has also verified that this is the first production car to lift its front wheels off the ground during a launch.
- Other upgrades include a stronger prop shaft, an upgraded differential housing, larger driveshafts and a stronger ring and pinion gear set.
- A lot of weight has been cut from the SRT Demon, with most of the savings coming from the deletion of interior components. The rear seats are gone, the front passenger seat is gone, as have most of the creature comforts.
- Dodge has even deleted the spare tyre cover and carpet in the boot to cut the Demon's kerb weight. Every little counts, after all.
- Buyers can add back the passenger seats and boot carpet for $1 each, though. Strikes us as a decent deal. Expect a plethora of passenger seats for Challengers on eBay soon...
- A host of driver-selectable performance modes are offered, including a Demon-exclusive drag mode.
- Helping the Dodge put its power down are specifically tuned Bilstein adaptive damping shocks, which work to shift as much weight to the rear to boost traction when launching.
- Transferring all that torque to the pavement are 315/40 R18 Nitto NT05R street-legal drag racing tyres, mounted on 11x18 wheels.
- The hood scoop and flared arches are bespoke to the Demon, as well as a range of minor interior upgrades – including a custom carbonfibre instrument panel badge.
- The Demon is also offered with a 'Demon Crate', which gives buyers everything they need to maximise the car's performance at the strip – including narrower front wheels and tyres for racing, and Demon-branded tools.
- Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at Dodge, said: “With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts."
- The Challenger SRT Demon isn't some warranty-devoid special, mind; it comes with a three-year, 36,000-mile warranty and a five-year, 60,000-mile powertrain coverage. They are limited policies, though, so you'll need to check the terms and conditions.
- Production of the Demon starts later this year, at the Brampton Assembly Plant in Ontario.
- No official prices have been announced yet, but the Demon's expected to cost less than $100,000 (£80,000).

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