Dodge is ready to take the title of the world’s fastest production car — and it’s not content to just zoom through the line with the quickest time.
The automaker’s primed to wrestle the top spot away from its competitors with a roar, muscling them out of contention with a brash, bold monster of an automobile: the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon, revealed at the New York International Auto Show.
The 840-horsepower muscle monster is so amped-up to tear away from the starting line that the car literally lifts a Guinness-certified off the ground for the first 2.92 feet, making it the first production car in the world to pop a wheelie at launch.
Dodge claims the Demon, really a souped-up, tricked-out Challenger, is indeed the fastest car in the world, boasting 0 to 60 mph acceleration speed in 2.3 seconds. Tesla fans might be quick to point out that the Model S has hit an eye-popping 2.28 seconds — but Dodge is excluding “hybrids” from the competition.
The Demon edges the Model S and all other comers in the race from 0 to 100 mph though (5.1 seconds), and its quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds has been certified by the National Hotrod Association (NHRA) as the fastest in the world.
The speed’s made possible by the Demon’s Supercharged 6.2L HEMI SRT V8 engine, which pumps out 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque — another production car record.
Dodge is calling the Demon “the only street-legal drag car in existence,” and backing up those claims with offers that will appeal to speed junkies — the car will be available for purchase with an option to take out the passenger or rear seats to cut dead weight.
The Demon will only be manufactured on a limited run — 3,000 of the hellions will make it to the US, and 300 in Canada. Dodge didn’t announce the price, but if all you care about is muscle-bound speed, the Demon might as well be priceless.