The extreme Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is about to get even hotter.
The tire-shredding Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is one of the most formidable muscle cars on the planet, with its supercharged 6.2 HEMI engine churning out 707 horespower. Never has a name been more fitting for a V8 muscle car. Such potent power is more than enough for most sane people to handle, and yet Dodge is planning to unleash the even more hardcore Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at this year’s New York Auto Show.
The news should come as a relief to those who were disappointed by the comparatively tame V6-powered, all-wheel drive Challenger GT announced recently.
Details are being kept under wraps for now, but it’s probably safe to assume the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon will outperform its Hellcat predecessor judging from Dodge’s comment that it will be the “new ultimate performance halo” vehicle in the line-up. "Most cars attempt to be everything to everybody." said Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is conceived, designed, and engineered for a subculture of enthusiasts who know that a tenth is a car and a half second is your reputation." The Demon moniker was first used in 1971 to separate sportier versions of the Dodge Dart.
A comeback for the Dart was looking possible in 2007 when Dodge showed off a roadster concept called the Demon, but it never went into production. Now the Demon name will take on a new meaning to signify Dodge’s most hardcore muscle car yet. The SRT Demon will make its debut at the New York Auto Show which kicks off on April 14. Could it be the send-off for Dodge’s HEMI V8 engine before it goes extinct in 2019?