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The Zero-Mile Demons
To be clear, these Demons haven’t just been loitering around on the lot since 2018 while the “For Sale” signs fade. Thanks to the article on Jalopnik that shared this information, we know that the owner has just recently listed them for sale after sitting on them for three years. The recent listings are due to the crazy bubble the car market is floating in right now, and the fact that the Demon is becoming more collectible by the day.
What restrictions did Dodge put on dealers?
Dodge didn’t want dealers taking advantage of the fact there were only 3,300 Dodge Challenger Demons available, and hiking up the price on them. To prevent that from happening, they prioritized dealers who would sell the Demons at or below MSRP.
In order to be able to sell a 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, a Dodge dealer had to have sold a Charger or Challenger Hellcat within the last year. That document that the dealer and Demon buyer had to sign acknowledging the safety risks of what amounts to a street-legal race car included the price that the dealer and buyer had agreed upon. This allowed Dodge to keep track of what dealers were selling the Dodge Demons for.
Engines, Ride, and Handling
The heart of this demonic Challenger is its 808-hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. Wait, didn’t we already say it makes 840 horsepower? That is correct, but only when the gas tank is filled with 100-plus-octane race fuel and the $1 Demon Crate package is added, which includes a special engine controller that helps unlock the engine’s full potential. Add—or should we say subtract—numerous interior pieces to make it lighter, along with the many other weight-saving methods, and Dodge claims the Demon can cover the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. What does that mean? It’s (expletive) fast, that’s what.
While we haven’t tested one at our test track, we’ve driven it at the drag strip and confirmed its gut-punch takeoffs. Of course, that performance requires more than just big horsepower and torque numbers. Every Demon has a host of specialized upgrades that we’ve covered in-depth. Highlights include adjustable dampers that help transfer the weight rearward during takeoffs. The standard eight-speed automatic transmission has a trans brake that helps launch the car harder, along with other enhancements. A set of standard supersticky tires are stuffed under its four flared fenders while a pair of 4.5-inch-wide front wheels are included in the Demon Crate—tires sold separately. Although this drag-racing special was never meant for twisting tracks or winding roads, it can be driven comfortably to cruise nights and car shows. Just don’t accidentally mistake the right pedal for the left.
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