Dodge Ships The Demon With Skinny Wheels Because Its Drag Radials Are So Huge

The engine upgrades enjoyed by the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are cool and all but it is perhaps the custom wheels and drag radial tires that contribute the most to its improved acceleration. However, when Demons leave the firm’s production line, these wheels are nowhere in sight.

The Drive recently learnt from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles spokesperson Kristin Starnes that the drag wheels and tires, measuring 315 mm, are simply too wide to be fitted at the plant where the Demon is built alongside lesser Challenger models, the Charger and Chrysler 300.

FCA’s solution involves fitting each Demon with a set of smaller Challenger SRT wheels (pictured on Imgur) which are then swapped out for the new shoes at an upfit center in Michigan. From there, the hugely-powerful muscle car heads to dealerships while the SRT wheels return to the production line to be used by another Demon.

Doing all of this is probably a bit of a headache for FCA but it is prospective owners of the Demon that we think could be left with severe migraines. While the car has proven itself at a drag strip, it’s unclear just how suitable it will be for use on the street, particularly since the Nitto drag radials don’t work effectively in cold conditions.

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  • Six_Tymes

    “but it is prospective owners of the Demon that we think could be left with severe migraines.” I am surprised this site has lost site of what the car is about and no longer appreciates it. you jumped on the hate bandwagon, why?

  • Dennis James

    Wow, so a car won’t be suitable on the street because it is shipped with drag radials ? Aren’t wheels the easiest thing to swap in a car ? 🙂

  • “it’s unclear just how suitable it will be for use on the street,
    particularly since the Nitto drag radials don’t work effectively in cold
    conditions”

    DUH.

    • OdysseyTag

      You fixed your Caps Lock 😀

  • SteersUright

    That hood…couldnt they come up with anything that looks better and still cools well?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      I think it works.

    • diehard

      I like that hood!

  • Przemix
    • europeon

      Those come in the trunk, as part of the Demon Crate, or whatever is called.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Just swap the tires. -_-

    • diehard

      In other words buy another set of wheels and tires? It does come with any other tire sizes, only a pair of skinny rims.

  • diehard

    Confusing to me.
    Nothing is mentioned as to why they can’t ship them with the wider wheels/tires other then that, “they’re simply too wide to be fitted at the plant”.
    Could it be that tracks are used within the assembly plant that do not match the track of the car? Or perhaps will not fit the tracks on the carriers? As I do know that with 315 tires on the car, it is not compatible with car wash tracks.

    Many cars come with summer tires that should not be used in cold conditions. I believe the issue is more that soft track radials do not lend themselves to typical highway driving. Particularly with them mounted on the front.

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