How do you top a Hellcat? With a Demon apparently. Chrysler has announced that they will reveal the long rumored new and most powerful muscle car ever at the New York Auto Show in April. Dubbed the Challenger Demon this car appears to have been built with a drag racing specific audience in mind. We say that for two reasons. The first is the statement that Tim Kuniskis, Head of Passenger Car Brands – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT – FCA North America made:
“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 [length], and a half second is your reputation.”
So that’s clearly a nod to the world of drag racing and the second major thing that the company did was release the first in what will be a series of teaser videos about the car. This one is called “Cage” and it is linked below. All of the imagery and the whole scene screams drag racing so we’re pretty sure that unless this is some massive misdirection we’re going to see a car that comes out of a factory running insanely quick elapsed times.
This is effectively the next generation Hellcat. How much power will it make? We have no idea. Rumors have put that number at well north of 800. Will it have the 354ci version of the hemi that Drag Pack Challengers use? We doubt it but who knows. Those cars make way more than 1,000hp. Will it be lighter? Have a different suspension? No answers for the time being but we’re going to see what we can find out.
Until then, watch Cage and be prepared because Dodge will be dropping a new video every week!