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Demon: supercharged Hemi or twin turbo?

by Patrick Rall on

The newest video showing the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has proven to be the most popular thus far, showing the new monster Mopar muscle car doing a wicked burnout and accompanied by the first official information: it will come wearing Nitto NT05R drag radial tires on 18 inch lightweight wheels, and will indeed have a unique widebody package.

A supercharged muscle car doing a wicked burnout on fat drag radial tires will always prove to be a popular YouTube video; above that, the “Body” video was our first real look at the Challenger SRT Demon in action, and has quickly become one of those clips that is being posted all over the internet.

While the main attraction is the sight of the new Demon doing a burnout on huge Nitto drag radials, there is a second key feature of this video.

The sound.

The screeching of the tires is joined by the distinct whine of a supercharger, and it is hard to argue that the Dodge Challenger in action here doesn’t sound like it is packing a Hemi V8. There have been unsubstantiated rumors that the Challenger Demon would have a twin turbo rather than a supercharger, or that the Hemi V8 will be replaced by the Viper V10 – but superchargers have a distinct sound, and so does the Viper engine. This is most certainly not a Viper engine, and it sure sounds like a supercharger, so hopefully, this puts the Viper engine and twin turbo rumors to bed.

The next piece of the puzzle is figuring out the secret message behind the license plate on the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which could be key information or just a trick on all of us who have spent the day working to decipher this odd combination of symbols and numbers.

Check out the newest Demon teaser video below and see if you agree that this Challenger sounds like it is powered by a supercharged Hemi V8.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.


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