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The Dodge Challenger Demon’s rear wheel

by Patrick Rall on

Dodge not only announced that the Challenger SRT Demon will arrive for 2018; it also created a web site to tease the April debut of the new Mopar muscle car.

At, there is a short clip of a tire spinning and smoking — likely the rear shoes of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, and the body cladding around this smoking tire is likely the rear quarter panel of the new Demon.

This short clip automatically replays, so viewers can’t pause it to get a closer look, but we were able to catch a screen shot that gives us a clear look at the wheel design. As you can see below, this wheel has a fairly simple design, with some carved out spokes set back in a wheel that appears to have a deep front lip for wide tires. Based on the proximity of the lug nuts to the wheel lip, this could be a smaller wheel, perhaps something in the 18 inch range.

We can also see what appears to be the rear quarter panel, with a wheel flare extending out to the edge of the tire. If the Dodge Challenger Demon has flared quarter panels to make room for wider wheels, and those wheels reach to the edge of the flares, this new Mopar muscle car could have some crazy-wide rear tires for far better traction than the nearly-unbeatable Hellcat Challenger.

This short close-up video of a car doing a burnout may be our first clue of a unique feature of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. During the “Cage” video, we get a few glimpses of what appears to be a new Challenger, but we already know that the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a Challenger…now we need to figure out what makes it different from the Hellcat.

Right now, it looks like it might have smaller, wider rear wheels and bigger tires – all tucked inside a flared quarter panel design. Of course, that is only the case if this smoking tire is from the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

The new Challenger Demon video (of twelve) drops tomorrow, hopefully giving us more looks at the next Mopar muscle car.

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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