The new Challenger Redeye may be close, but the Demon's still king
For all intents and purposes, the new Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is nearly as powerful, nearly as fast, nearly as... well... awesome as the preceding Demon. All for $15k less, and without the limited availability, too. But when it comes to driving the ultimate, “nearly” may not be good enough for some.
So what's a power-crazed muscle-car enthusiast to do if he (or she) didn't get a Demon while they were still being made? Look to the second-hand market, where there's still plenty to be found. And some of them are still brand new.
In fact Barrett-Jackson has no fewer than four 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demons on the docket for its upcoming sale in Las Vegas next month. There's a Torch Red example with just eight miles on the clock. There's a Knuckle White one that's logged just 11 miles. A Plum Crazy purple example has been driven only five miles. And the murdered-out, all-black example has just 6 miles on the odometer. All factory-fresh, in other words, with barely what you might consider “delivery mileage.” The black and purple ones were never even dealer-prepped for delivery, and they all come with their accompanying parts crate and cover.
Of course, these being Demons, they all pack the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine kicking out 808 horsepower – or as much as 840 on racing fuel – and 770 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. At 2.7 liters, the supercharger is bigger than the engine on most cars, helping it run to 60 in a blinding 2.3 seconds, and covering the quarter-mile in 9.65.
The new Redeye, by comparison, packs 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque to hit 60 in 3.4 seconds and run the quarter in 10.8. Like we said, “nearly,” but not quite the punch of these four Demons.