Original ‘71/’72 Dodge Demon v. New 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

August 15th, 2017 by

Since the unveiling of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon back in April, anticipation has been building to see the new models at dealership lots. In addition to it being the only street legal drag racing car, the Challenger SRT Demon has a crazy powerful engine and some pretty impressive track times to go with it. But, speed and power aren’t the only cool thing about the Demon. It actually has a pretty cool history.

1971- 1972 Dodge Demon

The first generation of the Dodge Demon was short lived but nonetheless, an exceptional vehicle. The original Dodge Demon was made in 1971 and 1972 Demon was a souped up Dodge Dart with a stronger engine. The Demon had a 108-inch wheelbase, which was three inches lower than the other Dart models. The Demon was also equipped with dual exhausts, a heavy duty suspension and rallye instrument cluster.

The most impressive feature of the Demon was the variety of engine choices. The Dodge Demon was available with a  340-cubic inch four-barrel engine, which produced 275 horsepower. The Demon was also available with a 230-horsepower 318-cubic inch V8 engine and it  came with Hydraulic Tappets to reduce the valve-train noise and do away with periodic tappet adjustments. The four-barrel engine accelerated from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and ½ mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. WHOA NELLY!!

Initially, the demon was going to be called the “Beaver”. However, that was short lived as a result of the Chrysler Marketing department learned that it was slang for a specific female body part – awkward. Afterward, the name was changed to Demon but that was quickly put to an halt. Some religious groups didn’t appreciate the name and considered it problematic. It especially caused some uproar when, in an act to get customers to come back, they used the term “demon-stration”.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Well, luckily for car enthusiasts and adrenaline junkies, Dodge has been feeling pretty nostalgic in the last few years and that led them to recreate the Dodge Demon as the new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which was unveiled at the 2017 New York International Auto Show. It was everything people had imagined and then some. Imagine getting to your next destination in half the time or just taking joy riding to the next level – careful guys, the beast is not to be played with.

On top of the supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine that produces 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque, the Challenger SRT Demon is an impressive piece of machinery. Also, there are brembo brakes, dual illuminated air-catcher headlights, and 18-inch wheels wrapped in drag radial tires.  An interesting fact on the demon is how lightweight it is. Because of the serious speed on this badboy, it comes standard with only the driver seat and no rear or passenger seating. However, for just a whopping $1 more, buyers have the option of adding additional seating. (That would be $1 for the front seat and $1 for the rear.)  Another cool (and surprising) feature is the widebody of this beast – which is known to bring down the track times by a couple seconds.

All of that careful tuning and crazy power has led to some serious track times. The Challenger SRT accelerates from 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and it does a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds.   

Although, only 3,000 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon models will be available in the U.S., buyers have the option of customizing the Demon to their liking. Want your name etched on the interior dashboard? Yes, please! Give us a call at 954-332-1421.

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