Since its unveiling at the 2017 NY Auto Show, the Dodge Demon hasn’t exactly been making the rounds as much as its Hellcat brethren did when it first came out.
We have however seen reviews, 1/4 mile runs, dyno tests and we also read the numbers, such as the 840 HP, the 9.65 second quarter-mile time, plus all the other stats that make this Challenger a truly unstoppable force in a straight line.
Now, thanks to Doug DeMuro, we have our first in-depth analysis of the Demon, from what it’s like to drive to all of its exterior and interior quirks – basically, everything that makes it what it is.
The first mind-blowing fact DeMuro thought was worth mentioning is that the Demon, at $100,000, is quicker than hypercars such as the Bugatti Veyron, Porsche 918 Spyder or the LaFerrari. The latter, for example, needs 9.8 seconds to cover a 1/4 mile, whereas the Demon, as previously stated, will do it in 9.65 seconds. Not even the incredible McLaren 720S can match that!
As for quirks, we’ll mention just a few of them, such as how this flagship Challenger has the single largest hood scoop in any production car, or how you’re not supposed to use its “barely street-legal” drag slicks in wet or otherwise cold weather. In fact, Dodge would even advise you not to use them on the highway, either.
Inside, while there are some nice touches such as the heated Alcantara steering wheel or how the SRT logo in the middle of the steering wheel lights up, the Demon is by no means a luxury product, so quality is good, but not anything special.
On the road, the Demon can be surprisingly easy to drive. In fact, if you ignore the supercharger whine and the exhaust note, you could convince yourself that you’re driving a lesser Challenger. Yet, once you put your foot down, you will experience the type of acceleration for which people generally pay more than a million dollars.