Gallery: Exclusive Details ’18 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Revealed


You may have seen this video taking the Mopar world by storm announcing the soon-to-be-revealed ’18 Dodge Demon. With that video came a website from Dodge, promising eleven more teaser videos leading up to the New York International Autoshow which takes place April 14-23, 2017. This is where Dodge will pull the wraps off their newest beast.

“Most cars attempt to be everything to everybody. Then there are the rare few that revel in a single objective, rendering them totally irresistible to a subculture. 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.” stated Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands for Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA North America.

Above: Our sources revealed that the trailer for “Fast 8” showed what the new production ADR Challengers could possibly look like, as Dodge has been a major participant in the “The Fast & The Furious” franchise.

Per Kuniskis’ quote, the Demon is not a new vehicle per se, but a performance package in addition and “superior” to the current Hellcat Challenger SRT. What is lacking is pretty much anything else. Thankfully, Mopar Connection has just received the inside scoop from very reliable sources inside Dodge and SRT, and the information they shared makes us very excited.

But first things first: the announcement of the Challenger SRT Demon has many wondering where the previously rumored Challenger SRT ADR stands? The Hellcat-powered ADR (American Drag Racer) has been circling the rumor mill for nearly two years, and now, together with the information we received regarding the Demon, we know both are upgraded packages beyond the Hellcat.

Above: Eagle-eyed observers also noted the large, wide-mouth scoop on the blacked-out hood on the widebody Challengers used in the trailer, possibly revealing the ADR (and Demon)’s hood.

At this moment, it’s still believed that the Demon and ADR will be two different models of Challenger released for 2018, there is a small chance the ADR will be dropped for the Demon, or become an option package for the Demon itself. That is still being determined internally at Dodge, we’ve been told.

Yet, what’s most exciting is the bounty of details we received today from our inside sources regarding each package individually: The Demon will feature the new widebody stance, with unique wheels  rumored to be 18”x 11” with 315-series tires on all four corners. The Demon will also feature an upgraded Hellcat engine package with the engine block and heads painted red instead of Hemi Orange (it’ll retain the same Hellcat transmission options). In fact, the Demon is expected to come with all the standard Hellcat options as well as a unique “Demon” badging and decal scheme, a unique hood and the illuminated twin-air-catcher headlamps same as the T/A’s.

Above: Because the teaser video released by Dodge for the Demon revealed so very little, our best view of the (possible) production ADR is seen in the movie trailer for “Fast 8.”

For the ADR, it only gets better: As the “American Drag Racer,” the ADR will be coined as a “street legal drag racer,” or street-legal Drag Pak “on steroids.” It too will feature the widebody package (with supposedly two different wheel flare choices), featuring 18” x 11” 315-series tires on all four corners as well as a Mopar “skinny” tire package, meaning a second pair of wheels and tires for racing. Oh and if that’s not enough, it’s expected to have a line lock.

Other features include the same upgraded Hellcat engine as the Demon (supercharged and coated in Inferno Red paint), the same transmission choices as the Demon, a rear seat delete, unique graphics, and front seat harness slots in custom buckets. The in-dash digital display will also feature unique SRT Performance Pages for drag racing.

For horsepower figures, we’ve been told the Hellcats were originally dynoed at 850-horsepower before being detuned to a more streetable 707 horsepower. According to our sources, the horsepower for the demonized supercharged Hemis will be between 850 and north of 900 horsepower. They simply said, “Make sure you are sitting down for when the horsepower figures are released.” It’s also said both the Demon and ADR production will be very limited; less than 10% of Hellcat production.

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Cody Cole

Associate Editor – cody.cole@shawgroupmedia.com Since the age of 4, Cody has been obsessed with everything Mopar. On Christmas of 1998, Cody's parents gave him a rusty '69 Charger shell that his father saved from a field. Cody's garage still features that '69 Charger as well as the additions of a '70 Coronet, '71 Charger R/T, '71 Road Runner, '04 SRT-4, '06 Grand Cherokee SRT8, '08 Challenger SRT8, '16 Wrangler Unlimited Back Country and a '17 Ram 1500 Rebel. Cody can truly and proudly say him and his wife are true Mopar nuts in love with all types of Mopars!

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  1. James Braun 13 January, 2017 at 19:35 Reply

    I was hoping for a retro body similar to the old Demon . I think this will be priced along side the Viper . Is it AWD , does it have the 900 motor . Did Grand Spaulding Dodge have anything to to with it . A new toy for the near rich , like Jay Leno and some arab . How much of it is actually made in the US ?

  2. Bruce Hutchins 14 January, 2017 at 12:23 Reply

    Nice ,everything I asked Santa for. Dodge is keeping it real .I love the 315 wide tire package and only hope they use the T/A hood. I might just trade the scat pack for this one. ?

    • Silversport 18 January, 2017 at 01:45 Reply

      Who’s doing any better besides possibly Chevy with the ZR1 and ZL1. Dodge is the only one really listening and building people drivers cars instead of telling people what they want while the other makers see the success and attempt to play catch up. Further more if you don’t like the cars why would you come to a site dedicated to them instead of looking at something that you do like and interests you. Another case of the keyboard warrior safe and sound in your moms basement free to say as you please.

    • Mr. Nice Guy 24 January, 2017 at 06:22 Reply

      Pusssie…really? Sounds like someone is more wishful dreaming…interesting, I guess BIG dickhead was TAKEN? Must drive a vette and wear a members only jacket and weight hovers around 450. Stroking a keyboard is ALL the Pusssie..this pussy gets! Go back to your vette jerkoff site! Oh …oh…oh…Look! The same plastic wedge shape for 30 years! So sad Viper holds 14 track records! Oh..did you see the Vette they put up to beat the viper in Germany?…looks like they stole a Viper wing and stuck it on the back ROTFLMAO! …can’t beat’em….nope! it still didn’t beat the Viper. As one pro driver put it…”with the Vette..you get to the top of the power band and then you keep wishing someone was home.” Motor Trend head 2 head on netflix…check it out! Then come talk shit! That cat in your lap is not a pussy. Don’t make me break out the ass kicking can! I’m stopping myself from getting really nasty..so, don’t come back here till you learn some manners.

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