Here It Is: 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Drags Its First Official Photo Online

Dodge has kept our breaths properly baited for months now with incremental glimpses at its forthcoming flagship muscle car, and we’ve taken a few unauthorized peeks at it along the way. But here it is, at long last: our first official look at the new Demon, courtesy of Wheelsage.

Set to be finally revealed in full this week at the New York Auto Show, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon may prove to be the most powerful production car ever offered. And as you can see, it certainly looks the part, with wider wheel arches, more aggressive aero, and a hood scoop that looks like it could swallow a smaller car whole.

We’ll have to wait a few more days to find out just how much muscle it puts down to the tarmac, but the Demon is already shaping up to hit dealerships as a drag racer for the road if we’ve ever seen one.

It’ll be 200 pounds lighter (thanks to a stripped-out interior) and offer twice as much grip (and 35 percent more launch force) than the Hellcat, which is hardly a slouch as it is. It’ll wear 18-inch alloys (measuring 12.6 inches wide at the back) with street-legal drag radials. The Demon’s suspension, drivetrain, transmission, exhaust, telematics, and launch control system have all been tuned specifically for this model, hell-bent on producing the most blisteringly fast straight-line performance figures we’ll have ever seen.

The supercharged V8 engine has even been tuned to run on “ordinary” 91-octane unleaded gasoline or 100+ high-octane racing fuel to make the transition from road to drag strip as seamlessly as possible – all in a package offered straight from the factory. Watch this space for more.

Thanks to Niko for the tip!

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  • Shobin Drogan

    I guess they finally ran out of ideas to tease the car.

    • ChrisInIL

      I guess they finally ran out of ideas to design the car.

      • Jason Miller

        Still the best looking out of the big 3 IMO.

      • psiqtas

        They say “don’t change a running system” – the car looks perfect, it has the best retro-falovour…look at the all new Mustang – they ran out of ideas!

        • Tumbi Mtika

          What?

    • Benjamin B.

      Lol could have shown a Chrysler Pacifica Hellcat to really troll us all

  • Stephen Baxter

    It’s about time, i was so curious to know what it wold look like.

    • Bash

      And did you end up disappointed, you know like the rest of us?

      • Stephen Baxter

        Ehh wasn’t expecting too much, i like the looks of the challenger overall, so i wasn’t too let down

  • fabri99

    Fantastic, but we need a new Challenger already!

    • donald seymour

      Fab, what’s going on? Anyway, yes, it has gotten long in the tooth as some might say.

      • fabri99

        School is going on… :'(

        • donald seymour

          Well, stay focus. It’s gone be alright. How many years you got left?

          • fabri99

            This one and next year… then university 🙂

    • Six Thousand Times

      Won’t happen. Dodge will be gone within 5 years.

  • Ahmed Imad

    i think they made the demon to improve the quality of the car because the hellcat engine has much move power than the car can handle ,that why hellcats drivetrain always break.

  • Matt

    Well at least we know now it doesn’t have exposed bolt heads on the arch extensions. Relief.

    • Kaisuke971

      I prefer the bolts, they make the cars look more raw

      • diehard

        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6e746186c61e6f68fd3cfc517813b4d3deac849c8b47b4903ba76322fbad7889.jpg

        I prefer a smooth continuous look. Not the add-on look with exposed crack. Similar to this rendition.
        Of course I’m probably 3 times your age.

        • Kaisuke971

          That’s not what the arches look like, on the Demon the line between the body and the wheel arch is clearly visible, like it was sticked on. Makes it look like a pickup truck imo.

          The bolts permit to brake that line and make the car look even wider. But from an aero dynamic standpoint a smooth wheel arch is probably better.

      • Matt

        Exposed bolts look good on pick-ups (e.g. Raptor) and off-road vehicles, but that ‘rugged’ look is a bit out of place on a regular car in my opinion. The Japanese would disagree though (Liberty Walk, for example).

  • Bo Hanan

    Not special enough. Cosmetics and demon badge will be easily copied by the rabble. Where is the “I have a Hellcat Demon” wow factor? Subtlety doesn’t work in this market, unfortunately.

    • donald seymour

      You are speaking the truth. And all this hoopla, and this is what we receive? I don’t have time for this.

      • Bash

        It really hurts knowing that anyone CAN spec his standard challenger with a kit to look like a Demon

      • Rick Alexander

        The hoopla will be justified, if the car performs as advertised. If you’re buying a Hellcat or Demon for looks, then you’re buying the wrong car. The Demon is supposed to be a dragstrip killer. Who gives a crap how it looks, when all you’ll be seeing are it’s tail lights! 🙂

        • donald seymour

          hmmm…I see your point, but why tease us when it’s visually the same car that we saw in the Fast and Furious clip? Why tease us if its virtually the same as the Hellcat? Like really, what is the point?

          • diehard

            For one…it will be the only Challenger model that stands out and easily recognizable.

        • Bo Hanan

          That’s a bunch of bullsh*t and you know it. Save the superior-expert wannabe talk for people who don’t know better.

        • Tumbi Mtika

          BULLSHIT. It will be killed by everything fast Single-Seat or not.
          An electric fucking van will probably still kick its ass.

        • Mike Willett

          CHEVY is coming out with the exorcist a Camara with 900+ horsepower so all the hopla on Demon is wasted

          • Bob Moore

            Wrong. Hennessey created the Exorcist, not GM. And with Hennessey’s business and credit rating, good luck getting an Exorcist repaired when Hennessey goes under and GM won’t honor the standard Camaro warranty on Hennessey’s bastardized version of their car.

          • Mike Willett

            lol you can order one according to article says you can order them from Chevolet dealerships

          • Bob Moore

            Well then it must be true. Do a little research into Hennessey’s customer feedback – then their business practices and credit rating. After reading that, think – if you ran GM, would you tie ANY product you build to that company?
            When you order yours, let me know what the insurance premiums are.

          • Mike Willett

            Motor Trend is where I read article from that stated you can order them from some GM dealerships maybe you can give me a ride when you buy yours

          • Bob Moore

            Upstate New York. You can take a ride in my Hellcat. Wear some Depends! 🙂

  • Six_Tymes

    Hello Matt, A full video review please.

  • Rob Banks

    Nice gawk factor, but it still has that special 90’s retro/bland appeal to it. Honestly, just so tired of seeing these cigar shaped uninspiring behemoths on every corner. I love how American car companies have brought back the pony wars, just wished the Challenger look more the part, or as good as the competition.

  • Cameron

    Soooo…… the same care with fender flares? How….. awesome?

    • diehard

      Not even close from a design and performance standpoint.

  • Karl

    FCA is milking the life out of this aged still overweight chassis! Can we see a new car already! Hopefully FCA can get some cash infusion to save the ship from sinking further..

  • dfaq

    Very non wow. Buy a hell cat and add a front splitter, fender arches and drag rims. Baby demon

  • Bob White

    The rumor is still 909hp and 9 second quarter.

    Looks much better with 18″ wheels.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looks like even more of a POS.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Why are people disappointed with the looks? This was never supposed to a beauty queen lol.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Time for Challenger consumers to pick up a Hellcat for a lower price now that the Demon is coming. 😉

  • Benjamin B.

    So you have to run 91 at least?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    “…the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon may prove to be the most powerful production car ever offered…”
    Hehehe-what?

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Wait.

    Liberty Walk make widebodies WITHOUT bolts?

  • getoffme

    Disappointed yet? Who would purchase this POS? I know I would not be the sucker. Road car you mean?
    LMAO not with those tires and set-up.

    • Bob Moore

      I love hearing all of the comments from the know-it-alls, trolls and fanboys online who actually drive their Mom’s car to Game Stop to pick up the newest version of Grand Theft Auto, thinking that makes them automotive experts.

      Anyone with a little intelligence would be grateful that we have the opportunity to experience such outrageous “FACTORY MUSCLECARS” from the Big Three in this day and age. Instead, we get to read the rantings of trolls who would rather be “Internet Heroes” and bash everything that they can’t afford, defending their lack of a life with false bravado.

      And for those who wanted to see something completely new, THINK – how many of these cars will FCA sell? Is it
      financially responsible to retool for a completely new car, only to sell 2000 (max) of them a year? C’mon, guys. Use your head. Wait a couple of years until they make the new Barracuda on the Alfa Giulia platform.

      • getoffme

        Oh look, I found a disappointed knowitall. Let me know when you actually have one of this. Till then keep sucking.

  • JC

    Sure is a lot of butt hurt GM and Ford fans up in here.

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