Learn how the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Lost 215 Pounds

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Learn how the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Lost 215 Pounds

Dodge is like a leaky faucet these days, slowly dripping information about the Challenger SRT Demon.

The American automaker will continue to release teasers and videos about its upcoming sports car over the next couple months leading up to its debut, but Motor Authority spoke to Dodge officials to find out just how they managed to shed 215 pounds from the Hellcat. As expected, it was numerous minor things that added up to make a substantial difference, although larger weight reduction pieces include 55 lbs from removing the rear seats and 58 lbs from dumping the front passenger seat.

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Here’s Motor Authority’s detailed breakdown of what has been replaced or removed to shed weight:

  • 4 pounds, manual tilt/telescope steering wheel
  • 2 pounds, removed parking sensors
  • 16 pounds, 18×11-inch aluminum wheels with open lug nuts
  • 18 pounds, removed 23 NVH components
  • 19 pounds, smaller diameter, hollow sway bar
  • 24 pounds, removed all speakers except front door speakers
  • 16 pounds, new aluminum brakes: 2-piece, 4-piston Brembos
  • 55 pounds, removed rear seats
  • 58 pounds, removed front passenger seat
  • 20 pounds, removed trunk lining and spare tire/wheel

That’s actually a reduction of 232 pounds, but apparently Dodge added some weight to transform this car into the SRT Demon.

Expect another teaser for the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to come tomorrow, leading up to its official debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show in April.

[Source: Motor Authority]

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  • Wayde Philpot

    Front passenger and rear seats removed?! Thats where the bulk of the weight savings came from (making the car not practical at all). Im a Dodge fan, but thats ridiculous. If they werent able to save significant weight other ways, why bother highlighting it? The Challenger is a heavy muscle car… They should embrace it. Focus on putting the power down better. Thats the car’s biggest weakness. More weight, particularly in the rear would help the car launch better (thats why the Charger Hellcat is slightly faster than the Challenger.

  • Bob Comment

    Gut car to save some weight.
    What about doing some engineering for weight removal.
    This approach is what hot rodders have been doing in their garages for years.

  • Robert

    That’s the best they could do? Chrysler has a worse obesity problem than the American people.

  • amclaussen

    I’m a Dodge fan too, but this is ridiculous: next time they will think on removing the DRIVER’s seat!
    Seriously, the worst fact is that the Challenger was based on the 300’s platform, a too heavy strucuture and body. That is the reason the Challenger (and th eCharger too) handle so bad.
    The weight distribution is bad too, producing a lack of traction when launching. Very different is the much better Viper platform, which is way more balanced and superbly engineered.