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Wrapping up the Demon

by David Zatz on

This week, Allpar is featuring its wrap-up of the Dodge Challenger Demon, with hints going back for months.  The latest Hellcat Challenger promises far better traction on the drag strip; it will give up some street-friendliness to gain quarter-mile speed, by all accounts.

The car is still streetable — both street-legal and, with appropriate settings, easily drivable, though it is “not intended for a road course.” It can run on race gas, but doesn’t need it. The hood scoop is huge, and directly feeds the engine for a 30°F drop in intake temperature.  The base car is 232 pounds lighter than the current Hellcat Challenger, as well — partly from dropping the rear seat (55 pounds) and passenger seat (58 pounds).

It appears that “drag skinnies” might be part of the package, just for the strip; and drag radials will be standard, on lightweight 18 x 11 wheels that require flared fenders.

New gearing, torque converter, and firmware take advantage of the new tires and wheels, along with a retuned, adjustable suspension designed for hard launches. Driveline parts have been beefed up to deal with the added stress. (To dive into the detail and see more photos and some videos, visit and bookmark our Demon summary page.)

David Zatz founded Allpar in 1998 (based on a site he had begun in 1993-94), after years of writing reviews for retail trades. He has been quoted by the New York Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Detroit News, and USA Today. Before making Allpar a full-time career, he was a consultant in organizational psychology. You can reach him by using our contact form (much preferred) or by calling (313) 766-2304

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