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The Demon’s new air grabber

by Patrick Rall on

In the latest Dodge Challenger Demon announcement, we learned that the Mopar muscle car will revive the “Air Grabber” name on the largest hood scoop opening of any production car in America.

Today’s release also confirms that the Challenger Demon will be powered by a supercharged Hemi – although that is the extent of the “official engine information”.

The video is titled “Forced Induction,” and focuses on how air will enter the engine bay of the newest Mopar muscle car. Like the Hellcat, the Demon has the driver’s side “Air Catcher” headlight, but it also has the Air Catcher treatment on the passenger’s side assembly – like the new Challenger R/T, and unlike the current Hellcat.

The Demon has a much wider and taller “scoop” at the front of the hood, measuring 45.2 square inches, making this the biggest hood scoop inlet on any production car in America. It sends air through a channel in the underside of the Demon’s aluminum hood to a larger air box which, when the hood is closed, does not draw any air from the hot engine bay. This new system – with the huge hood scoop, the air channel in the hood and the large, sealed air filter box – is called the Air Grabber.

Classic Mopar muscle fans will surely recognize the Air Grabber name from B-body cars of the late 1960s and early 1970s — but there’s a difference. The original Air Grabber had a knob which allowed the driver to open and close the hood scoop; the new system is always open, but the premise is the same: get as much air into the engine bay of this Mopar muscle car as possible, as quickly as possible.

When compared to the Hellcat Challenger, the Air Grabber hood of the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon lowers the intake air temperature by a whopping 30°F. Cooler air leads to more power.

Like the modern Shaker hood, the new Demon Air Grabber with have a unique logo under the hood to go along with the unique air intake setup and the duct in the hood.

Now that we have seen part of the front end and all of the back end, and know that the 2018 Demon will have 315-wide tires under unique flares at all four corners, it seems like the silver Dodge Challengers in the new Fast and Furious movie could be SRT Demons with black painted hoods on silver cars.

Check out the newest teaser video of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon below, showing a computer generated sample of the Air Grabber hood and the Air Catcher headlights doing their job and stay tuned to Allpar for all of your 2018 Demon news!


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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