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.