I recently had the opportunity to drive the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT DemonOpens a New Window., better known as simply the Dodge Demon, which is a factory-built drag racer. There is simply no other way to describe the purpose of this car, since they offer it with only one single seat, if you want, and since it’s quicker in the quarter mile than a Porsche 918 Spyder.
Let’s repeat that, for effect: It’s quicker in the quarter mile than a Porsche 918 Spyder. In fact, it’s quicker in the quarter mile than basically anything, except maybe a Bugatti Chiron, though I’d love to see the race to find out. It has a quicker 0-to-60 time than a Bugatti Veyron; it lays down a faster quarter mile than a LaFerrariOpens a New Window.; it has more V8 power than a McLaren P1. In fact, the Demon has more V8 power than anything, on account of the fact that it has the most-powerful production-car V8 ever.
There are a lot of “mosts” and “firsts” for this car, but let’s start there: The most-powerful production V8 ever. It offers up to 840 horsepower — when you pump in 100-octane race fuel and reflash the ECU to optimize the engine for the fuel — or a mere 808 when you don’t. It comes with street-legal drag-racing slick tires. It uses the air-conditioning refrigerant to cool down the engine between drag-racing runs. And, yes, you can get it with only the driver’s seat. Read more