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Diving into Challenger Demon weight loss

by Patrick Rall on

Almost two weeks ago, Dodge rolled out their second teaser video on the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon (“Reduction”). The shadowy Demon is sitting on a scale, and with each highlighted part of the car, the weight drops until “Total Mass Reduction” lights up on the gauge.

The press release for this teaser video states that there have been “adjustments” made to the wheels, steering, suspension, brakes, interior construction, and other components of the Demon to lower the weight by more than 200 pounds when compared to the Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Some people are unclear on which components are being highlighted in the “Reduction” video; so here is a look at each of the  highlighted components of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon in the order in which they appear. After each small group, we see the scale meter drop.

Group 1: This frame shows the wheels highlighted, followed by the front suspension/brakes/steering assembly, and, finally, the passenger seat.

This corresponds with the press release. Dodge has already announced that the Demon will have lightweight front and rear wheels, and if this is a drag car, it could have lighter steering and braking bits, because road course performance will be less important.

Group 2: The frames highlight the passenger box of the unibody structure, then the rear seat, the area behind the rear seat, and, finally, the outside mirrors.

This grouping is a little more of a mystery; unibody components and the rear seat fit into “interior construction and components,” but it is hard to imagine how Dodge will remove weight without reducing rigidity. The rear seat is a logical place to cut weight as well, but it is puzzling how the exterior mirrors could factor into this equation, as they don’t weigh much to begin with and there is no mention of exterior components being changed in the press release.

Group 3: This frame shows the rear brakes, followed by the dashboard.

The rear brakes are another area of a drag car which don’t play a big part in performance.

The highlighted dashboard could mean a few different things, ranging from a dash structure that is actually lighter than the Hellcat to a difference in premium features – all of which are controlled from the dashboard.

Shy of the lightweight wheels, we don’t have any detailed information as to how Dodge will cut weight from the Challenger SRT Demon, but from the press release and the video stills above, we can expect lots of changes inside, some unknown changes to the unibody structure and some lightening efforts made to the suspension, steering and braking components.

Now we just have to wait for each of the teaser videos to go live on to find out how these other aspects of the Demon have been changed to reduce the overall curb weight by more than 200 pounds.

The next video goes live on Thursday and with any luck, it will hold as much information as last week’s video.

In the meantime, check out the video below and share your thoughts in the comment section!

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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