Which is the ultimate Challenger?
Dodge has unequivocally said it will "never build another Demon" but the 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock is pretty darn close. This new version of the Challenger muscle car will be the most powerful model in the lineup, though Dodge was careful to keep its performance just off the pace off the Demon as to not anger the 3,000 individuals who bought that car.
Since the Super Stock will not be a limited production car like the Demon, there is a better chance that you will be able to purchase one without paying an outrageous dealership markup. Due to their rarity, there have also been plenty of used Demons selling with virtually no miles for more than their original MSRP. The arrival of this new Challenger Super Stock model could put a damper on used Demon prices and hopefully encourage more people to actually drive it instead of stashing it in a garage for speculation.
Since both of these cars are based on the Challenger, there isn't any major difference between them on the exterior. Dodge has gone for a more stealthy appearance on the Super Stock, opting to keep it completely devoid of special badging aside from the Hellcat Redeye emblem. You can spot one via its unique 18-inch wheels with high profile drag radial tires. By contrast, the Demon has its own mascot to let you know it isn't just another Hellcat. You can also spot a Demon by its single hood scoop and the skinny front tires, which come as part of the Demon Crate.
As with the exterior, the difference between the cabin of the Super Stock and Demon is subtle. The Demon gets its own interior plaques with the build number printed on them as well as Demon logos where the Hellcat emblem normally sits. Customers could opt for the Demon with a single-seat configuration, delete the rear seats and passenger seat for weight loss. Both cars can be optioned for luxury or simplicity depending on the buyer's taste.
The Demon truly separates itself from other Challenger models in terms of performance. Its 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 produces 808 horsepower on 91-octane pump gas or 840 hp on 100-octane racing fuel. Dodge sold the car with a Demon Crate option for just $1 with skinny front tires and tools to install them. With the skinny drag radials fitted, the Demon could hit 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds.
It may not be as quick but the Super Stock still packs 807 hp (just one off the Demon) on pump gas. This enables a 0-60 mph time of just 3.25 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 10.5 seconds. We're sure tuners on the aftermarket will find ways to extract more power from the Super Stock and close the gap between it and the Demon.
Price is the biggest mystery in regards to the Challenger Super Stock. Dodge has not revealed pricing for this new model but we assume it will cost more than the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody, which has a starting MSRP of $78,295. When it was new, Dodge sold the Demon for $84,995. Not only will the Super Stock likely come in under this price, but it will also be much less expensive than a used Demon.
Since the Demon was built in limited numbers, sellers are asking outrageous prices for used examples that are well over the original MSRP. The market has softened from when the car first went on sale but unless it has some miles on the odometer, it is difficult to find a Demon for less than $100,000. The Demon will always carry some intrinsic value due to its rarity but the Super Stock will be the better value extreme muscle car.