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Demon deliveries began today (Updated)

by Patrick Rall on

FCA has officially begun shipping the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to dealerships around the country. Almost exactly two months after production of the drag strip dominator began in Canada, the first units have returned from the upfitters and completed the stringent quality control systems.

2018 Dodge Challenger Demon

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon officially went on sale back on June 11, and production of the 840 horsepower Mopar monster began on or around September 11, but since then, there hasn’t been much news on the progress of the delivery process. The unique Demon Concierge system notified some buyers last month that their cars were nearly ready to be delivered, but since then, those customers haven’t had any further updates.

Update: On the morning of Saturday, November 11th, Noel Cuellar of Holland, Michigan posted on the SRT Hellcat and Demon Group Facebook page that his Redline 3 2018 Demon had arrived at his local dealership. His salesperson sent him a grainy picture and a rough video of the car backing out of the enclosed car hauler (the post is shown below), which is our first positive confirmation of a dealership receiving a new Demon.

Noel is going to keep us posted and update us when he actually picks up his car, but in the meantime, he is the first buyer who I have seen posting online that his vehicle has reached the dealership.

If you are one of those 2018 Demon buyers who were notified that your new Challenger was ready for delivery, your car could be on one of the trucks leaving Brampton today. If not today, it should be shipping from Canada to your local dealership soon. It is expected that once shipping begins we will see a steady flow of new Demons to owners around North America.

To celebrate the arrival of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the company put together a short teaser video which was released on YouTube earlier today. Those of us who had this delivery information ahead of time knew what it meant, and some Mopar fans guessed that the video signaled the start of deliveries. But with the 1 pm announcement that Demons began shipping today, the point of this video becomes crystal clear.

What Took So Long?

Since production of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon began back in September, some buyers and many Mopar fans have complained online that they don’t understand why there haven’t been any cars delivered yet. The delay between the start of production and the start of the shipping process is due to two unusual factors: the upfitting process, and the stringent quality control system.

When the Demon comes off of the assembly line, it is not ready for delivery. The cars are all shipped to an upfitting center where things like the 18-inch wheels with the Nitto drag radial tires and the fender badges are added, along with the black-painted roof, hood and trunk. (We broke news about that back in June, here.) So the cars roll off of the assembly line and head to the upfitters, then they are shipped back to the plant where they are prepared for shipping to the dealership. When compared to say, a Hellcat Challenger, which rolls off of the assembly line ready-for-delivery, the Demon has a long road ahead of it when it leaves the line in Brampton.

As for the quality control systems, they are not unusual, but I’ve been told by multiple sources within FCA that the quality control checks for the new Demon are the most rigorous that they have ever seen during their time with the company. These initial units (and perhaps the rest of the 3,300 cars slated for production; 3,000 for the U.S., 300 for Canada) have gone through a series of quality control checks between each phase of production, which helps to ensure that there are no problems – but it has also added a fair amount of time between production and delivery.

In any case, if you ordered a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, your wait is coming to an end, as the first units began shipping today and it is expected that these first units will lead to a steady flow of 840 horsepower muscle cars across the US and Canada.

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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