The 2018 Challenger SRT Demon Can Hit 60 MPH In 2.3s – Here’s The Science Behind It

In order for Dodge to build a muscle car capable of hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in as little as 2.3 seconds, they first had to define what the purpose of this car would be.

In short, it’s straight line acceleration and literally nothing else. Sure, it’s not as if the Hellcat could also double as a track car, but if you are planning on going to the track, you best leave your Demon home.

Now that we got that out of the way, let’s talk 1/4 mile times. Dodge say that this possessed Challenger is able to hit the mark in 9.65 seconds, thanks not only to its 840 HP supercharged V8 engine, but also its street-legal Nitto drag radials.

You’ll have a better understanding for how it’s able to do what it does after watching this latest Engineering Explained video – which also touches on Dodge’s claim of 1.8 g’s during launch.

At the end, we get a peak at what a Demon vs Model S P100D drag race might look like, and the math suggest that the Challenger would claim victory, despite the Tesla being quicker in the 0 to 30 mph (48 km/h) range.


  • BqWsRe

    The Tesla is beat by a DODGE!!! LOL. Not just beat, but humiliated.

    So much for all those 0-60 articles about Teslas. Poor Tesla can’t even win over a Dodge. And the Lucid Air just hot 217 mph with no problems. Not a good time for Tesla.

    • I’mCallingYouOut


    • TheBelltower

      To be fair, it takes a lot of commotion for the Dodge to eek out a win. The Tesla does what it does a lot more effortlessly because it’s like flipping on a light switch. Musk will put out an over-air update next week that’ll fix all this. No matter which one is faster, Model S’s are way to common. Tesla needs to offer a new one. The Model 3 doesn’t appeal to me as anything other than an appliance. As old as it may be, the Challenger still catches my eye.

  • kachuks

    I was about to compliment him on his drawing but he did it himself.

    • Mill0048

      I question the accuracy of the suspension, but the rest seems legit. lol

  • All this is extremely useful information, If I owned a Hellcat and was interested in making it faster I’d replicate what they did for the Demon.
    Would be interesting if Demon’s springs and special Nitto tires will be available for sale soon.

  • Craig

    What I want to know is how long does the Demon take to get to 60 mph with all the passenger seats, the stereo, regular tires and 91 octane gas.

  • Karl

    But how is it in the corners? So instead of coming with an entirely new efficient model FCA keeps milking this archaic, ancient overweight pig! Any car manufacturer could have take out a car front passenger, rear seat,A/C etc and call it a day. Enough already! Good luck in the summer months with this thing. A new model already!

  • JorgeDeeeeeaz

    So….I guess the majority of the effect comes from the tires alone. Put those tires on any very fast accelerating car and they’d probably accelerate just as quick or quicker. Porsche 911 Turbo S with those sticky tired…..yummy

    • Haralampe Yanichkin

      Or most probably will brake the prop shaft, diff or gearbox.

  • Stanley

    It did it in 2.23 actually.

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