Monday, November 13, 2017
Controversial 840 horsepower Dodge Demon heads to dealers
The following article appeared in USAToday on November 12th
Greg Gardner, Detroit Free Press
You've got one seat, 840 horsepower -- and 0-60 m.p.h. in 2.3 seconds. Detroit Free Press
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has begun shipping the first 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons to dealers, the automaker says.The limited-production, 6.2-liter Hemi V-8 engine delivers 840 horsepower. Dodge is touting the mega-muscle car as the industry’s first street-legal production drag car. The National Hot Rod Association has certified it as the world’s fastest quarter-mile production vehicle.
But it has drawn its critics. Automotive News, the leading trade publication covering the auto industry, called for banning the Demon from the street in an editorial last April.
The car "is so inherently dangerous to the common safety of motorists that its registration as a road-worthy automobile should be banned," it wrote, citing its "barely legal" tires and massive acceleration.During tests the Demon covered a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour, and it accelerates from zero to 60 mph in 2.3 seconds.
“The people who bought a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are performance enthusiasts to the core, and having a custom car with accessories that improve overall performance is critical,” said Tim Kuniskis, Fiat Chrysler North America's head of passenger cars responsible for the Chrysler, Dodge, SRT and Fiat brands.
The automaker only plans to make 3,300 Demons at its Brampton, Ontario plant, of which 300 will be held for Canadian buyers.
Pricing starts at $84,995, which includes the $1,700 gas guzzler tax, but excludes a $1,095 destination charge.
Dodge also offers a range of accessories aimed at maximizing the dragster's thrill.