Dodge Demon is the Most Powerful Muscle Car Ever


The new Dodge Demon is finally here, and it is so fast, it’s officially banned by NHRA.

Making its debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show after months of teasing, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon brings a maximum of 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque from a 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 supercharged engine.

That means it’s not only the most powerful muscle car ever, it also has the highest-horsepower V8 production car engine ever produced. Dodge is attaching several accolades to the Challenger SRT Demon, including a Guinness World Record for the first-ever front-wheel lift in a production car, holding the tires a small gap off the ground for 2.92 feet of driving distance.

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It is also the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car with a time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph, certified by National Hot Rod Association (NHRA). Speaking of NHRA, the American automaker says the Challenger SRT Demon is too fast for the drag strip, so it has been officially banned by NHRA.

As you can imagine, the Demon also holds the world’s fastest zero-to-60 time in a production car at 2.3 seconds. Oh yeah, there’s also the largest functional hood scoop of any production car, measuring 45.2 square inches.

2017 New York Auto Show Coverage

Compared to the Hellcat V8 engine, the Demon has a larger supercharger: 2.7 liters versus 2.4 liters; boost pressure has also been increased from 11.6 psi to 14.5 psi, while redline goes from 6,200 rpm to 6,500 rpm. The fuel system has been upgraded with two dual-stage fuel pumps instead of one, and there’s a larger induction air box with three sources of intake air: Air-Grabber hood, driver-side Air-Catcher headlamp and an inlet near the wheel liner. And before you ask, the engine does meet all applicable legal emissions regulations.


The exterior of the Demon also brings the first-ever, factory-production muscle car with widebody fender flares. Designed to amplify the Demon’s menacing stance, the fender flares also allow room for wider tires. It comes with 18×11-inch wheels with exclusive, specifically designed Demon-branded 315/40/18 Nitto NT05R drag radials up front and in the rear, adding 3.5 inches to the Challenger SRT Demon’s overall width.

In the standard configuration, both the front passenger seat and rear seat, along with their corresponding seat belts, have been removed. Customers do however have the option of adding seats back into the car, as well as adding leather coverings, when it is ordered. And the best part? It’ll cost a $1 to option back in each seat.

As teased before, the Demon also comes with the Demon Crate, packed with a ton of goodies to fully unleash the car’s potential at the drag strip. The Demon Crate is fully customized with the buyer’s name, VIN and serial number and includes:

  • Direct Connection Performance Parts:
  • Performance powertrain control module with high-octane engine calibration
  • Replacement switch module containing high-octane button
  • Conical performance air filter
  • Passenger mirror block-off plate
  • Narrow, front-runner drag wheels
  • Demon-branded track tools:
  • Hydraulic floor jack with carrying bag
  • Cordless impact wrench with charger
  • Torque wrench with extension and socket
  • Tire pressure gauge
  • Fender cover
  • Tool bag
  • Foam case that fits into the SRT Demon trunk and securely holds the front runner wheels and track tools

Production of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will begin this summer at the Brampton Assembly plant with deliveries starting in fall. A total of 3,300 units will be produced for model year 2018 with 3,000 heading to the U.S. and the remaining 300 reserved for Canada.

Discuss this story on our Dodge Challenger Forum

  • Paul Johnson

    Wow…they didn’t disappoint!

  • earl

    There are plenty of faster cars at the drag strip…perhaps not allowed in Stock Class but likely allowed in an Indexed Class like Super Gas or Super Street.
    Great car but those wheelies will be hard on the front suspension 😉

  • Ron

    If they put in a 6-point NHRA certfied roll cage, it would not be banned from competition.

  • Dave

    Who do they have writing these articles? It is not “banned” by the NHRA, it is just so fast that it needs safety items installed, just like ANY car that gets down to a certain time bracket….and the front wheels aren’t getting 2.92 feet off of the ground! They came off of the ground less than an inch for a maximum of 2.92 feet (in distance) during testing. Still a great feat, but far from 2.92 feet off of the ground!

  • IndecentAffection

    Not sure if you misread the article but it says a small gap off the ground for 2.92 feet of driving distance. But yes quite a feat. Hopefully that front suspension is durable enough to handle that. Dodge/Chryslers have always been notorious for control arm and ball joint issues. Also it is banned because a roll cage not bring a stock option makes it banned for the stock class.

  • IndecentAffection

    Hmm as appealing as this is to me I can only imagine it will cost 100k plus seeing the hellcat starts in the 60s here in Canada

  • diehard

    They either fixed the write-up or you read it too fast. It now reads, “holding the tires a small gap off the ground for 2.92 feet of driving distance.”
    One could challenge the statement, “Most Powerful Muscle Car Ever”, but why bother.

  • Jon

    Love me some Challenger talk. Such a beauty. Though I only have a “lowly” SXT model, I certainly respect and admire the newest heavy duty models. Give value to the name!

  • pbug56

    Sounds to me like the ultimate muscle car! Is it even street legal?

  • lyle

    I doubt it will be hard on the suspension, Its barely off the ground and its not like its going up and slamming back down, it will be coming down smoothly and yes there is plenty of faster cars, BUT production car built with a warranty and they are giving you tools to molest it, any other car company would VOID your warranty

  • lyle

    I’m sure its not going to be cheap, but buy a performance car and do every thing to it Dodge has done, Have it come off a assembly line with all the trials and errors done and give it a bumper to bumper warranty for 5 yrs

  • Twit Happens

    speed kills. don’t need these toys on the streets so some idiot plows into innocent children at a cars and coffee. rip.

  • Kevin Knabe

    Mustangs do that already

  • Kevin Knabe

    100% street legal

  • Kevin Knabe

    80,000 us dollars

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  • Kevin Knabe

    Special suspension made just for this car

  • Jonny_Vancouver

    And so thirsty it’ll leave you broke after a month of ownership … I want to say Sorry for hating on this thing since the beginning, but I’m really not. In this day and age we should all expect automakers to do better. This car just seems so unnecessary and wasteful. Did it even cross their minds to make a hybrid or electric version, or are they just too busy trying to squeeze every last dollar from old gear-heads that struggle to embrace change?

  • Dave

    They fixed/rewrote the article…..That is NOT what it said when published…They need to try checking their facts BEFORE putting it out there…

  • Dave

    That is NOT what it said when written. They realized their mistake and changed it…I was not knocking the car at all. A roll cage does not ban it from running in the stock class…no safety features do…It has not been “banned”…it just need some extra safety features to run on ANY sanctioned track at the times it is running…

  • Pierre Sandoval

    The car isn’t banned by the NHRA. It just has to follow all the rules, same as all late model performance cars. Once start running 9’s you just need to add some safety features. This story was already debunked by a better group of journalists..

  • diehard

    Kinda figured that was the case.


    Cars don’t kill people, stupid people kill people.


  • Their goal was to build the biggest, bad-ass, street-ready hot rod ever made, not some lame ass freaking Prius clone.

  • John Spires

    Amazes me how many haters about this…why? I don’t like Taylor Swift and never pay her any mind. STFU you cry babies.

  • David Furginson

    Your are the Not Car Guy without reason if you want an electric car buy a Toyota ! if you love Horse power than more has always been the name of the game ! I owned and raced a B-Gas 41 Willies that did not run that fast it was a 327 stroked 377cubic inches
    we were limited to 9 inch slicks running in the 10’s was a real kick !
    Sport Your not a car guy maybe you should get an electric Bike ! muscle Cars make Girls breath heavy and say nasty things ! You Got it !

  • Twit Happens

    no body needs to go fast. slow and steady won the race. Enough said!