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Hear the Demon roar, watch it fly

Yesterday afternoon, FCA invited a small group of media to the M1 Concourse for a “deep dive” into the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Dodge boss Tim Kuniskis and SRT Powertrain lead engineer Chris Cowland walked us through the features of the Demon which make it unique from the Hellcat Challenger, and explained how they managed to keep all of the vital information on the Demon a secret during development.

We will talk about the in-depth details of the Demon drivetrain and how Dodge kept the beast a secret (even from most people within the company), but first, here is a look at Tim Kuniskis making a quick, hard pull in the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

When we arrived at the M1 Concourse, the bright red 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was parked in one of the private garages, surrounded by components of the drag-ready beast. Dodge didn’t always plan on running the Demon for the small group of journalists on hand, but after the program had come to its planned conclusion, we all got to talking about the videos of the Demon floating around the internet.

In many of those videos, the car doesn’t sound all that great; and Tim Kuniskis was talking to people from his team about how they needed to get a better example of the Demon sound online. It was suggested that the Dodge team make a better video right there, with plenty of cameras on hand. The Dodge people checked with the M1 Concourse people and they got the greenlight to make a couple quick, hard pulls on the straightaway of the road course with the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon.

Unfortunately, a low resolution version of this video arrived on Facebook sometime last night without any details, leading some people to believe that this was an attempt at a quarter mile run with poor results – but that isn’t the case at all. This wasn’t about Tim Kuniskis putting on a quarter mile exhibition, so this clip doesn’t come with any times for the run. He rolled the car slowly out of the corner and hammered the throttle, so there is no use of the TransBrake or the Torque Reserve system. The goals were for us all to hear the supercharger whine and the Hemi’s exhaust system roar — both of which were accomplished in this hard blast. He likely wasn’t into it all of the way, but on the low end, Kuniskis hit the throttle hard enough to spin the rear tires.

As a result, we don’t see the Demon in 9-second quarter mile form, especially running uphill, but we do get to hear the Demon scream from the supercharger and the exhaust, so make sure that you have your speakers turned up when viewing the video. The sound really is the best part of the video.

Stay tuned to Allpar for more Demon information later today – including the in-depth powertrain information and the details on how the Dodge team protected the Demon secret – but for now, enjoy this quick clip of Tim Kuniskis letting the Demon stretch its legs.

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.

This post was last modified on June 2, 2017, 8:06 am

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