Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – All That We Know
The day after all the motor journalists left the 2017 North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Dodge dropped a delicious little tidbit on the internet. It was a brand-new pop-up website ifyouknowyouknow.com leading to a teaser video hinting at something high performance and evil: The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
And that’s about all that Dodge has given us. So far, we haven’t gotten any specs, or even any real details about the car, from the folks at Dodge. But we’re here to read the tea leaves (or are they tire marks). Here’s everything we think we know about the new Dodge Demon.
Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Video:
For months now, rumors have been swirling that Dodge is planning some kind of widebody Challenger SRT Hellcat. Folks speculated that this lateral growth would allow Dodge to fit some seriously wide tires under the Challenger (recall that the regular Challenger SRT Hellcat makes do with a measly 275-width rear tire that can hardly stand up to the power even in normal daily driving).
There was even a guess at the ultra-Challenger’s name: Challenger ADR, which, we were told, would stand for American Drag Racer. It would be a nod at another famous Mopar acronym, ACR, or American Club Racer, most recently seen on the most outrageously track-prepped Viper to roll off the assembly line
Then we seemingly got visual confirmation from, of all places, a Fast & Furious movie trailer. Take a close look: There’s a scene in this Fate of the Furious (aka Furious 8) trailer where the entire Toretto family drives a phalanx of flared, hood-scooped Challengers.
Update, 1/19: And then Autoweek discovered a behind-the-scenes video from the Furious 8 set that shows an even clearer view of the silver movie cars and, yep, those sure look like our Dodge Challenger SRT Demon:
Update, 1/27: Yep, Dodge confirms it’s the widebody. Today, the automaker informed us that the Demon will be a full 3.5 inches wider than the regular Challenger and SRT Hellcat, and released the rear image you see above. Wide, indeed.
Holy Moly does it have some tires
On January 26th, Dodge dropped its third teaser video, “Body,” along with some tasty tire tidbits. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will be the first factory production car fitted with drag radial tires, and mama mia are they some big’uns: 315/40R18 Nitto NT05Rs, front and rear, the closest thing you can get to a drag racing slick while still having enough tread to be street legal. That gives the Demon the title of widest front tire on any production car, and makes swapping in a fresh set of tires as easy as rotating the fronts to the back once you’ve burned through the rears. With 18-by-11-inch lightweight wheels, this thing is wide, necessitating fender flares that add a full 3.5 inches to the overall width of the car. And we suspect the Demon will require bespoke brakes to fit behind those 18-inch wheels—the rest of the Challenger family rides on 20s.
Look! They’ve even got little demons on the sidewalls:
More details at roadandtrack.com