Production has officially begun. The crash countdown clock has started.
Not so long ago, there was a ton of discussion about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. Obviously this was intentional on the automaker’s part, having released a series of teasers leading up to the big reveal. And then came the expected issue of dealership markups, though Dodge did what it could to try and prevent that from happening (it still did in many cases). Nevertheless, some time has now gone by and Motor Authority has confirmed with FCA that Demon production has officially begun.
In fact, the first 2018 Dodge Demon rolled off the assembly line last week. MA further confirmed that it is a customer car (instead of a demo model) but its exact specs and body color are unknown. When will this first round of customers receive their cars? Well, FCA was being kind of fishy about that, only stating that deliveries will get underway "following containment at the plant." Whatever that means. In any case, the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 with 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque is the most powerful engine ever put in a production car. And yes, that insane amount of torque is being sent directly to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Now that Demon production is underway with deliveries expected in the very near future, it’s a guarantee that at least one of those owners will crash their car. It happened with Challenger and Charger Hellcat owners and it’ll happen here again. That’s a shame because only 3,000 examples will be built. How many will survive their reckless owners remains unknown.