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Like Your Feet Are On Fire: 211 Miles Per Hour From A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


Like Your Feet Are On Fire: 211 Miles Per Hour From A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

One of the strange notes that came with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was a loss of overall top speed compared to the Hellcat variation. Yes, the Demon has a stronger kick and a little less weight (even more lost if you didn’t option the interior back into it) but the number given from the factory was 168 miles per hour, which seemed off compared with the 707hp Hellcat, which had an aerodynamically-limited top end of 199 MPH. The explanation came down to the rolling stock on the Demon, which appeared with Nitto NT05R drag radials at all four corners. Those Nittos are fantastic for digging into the launching point on a drag strip, but they weren’t designed for sustained high-speed operation. Which has left plenty of us wondering: if you put the goodies from the Demon Crate into one of the 3,000 machines, and you put on some rolling stock that could support a solid top-speed effort, where would the Demon actually top out at?

This footage comes from the Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in Florida and gives you an idea of what the Demon can do on a very flat surface. The 3.22 mile long runway only changes a quarter of an inch in elevation over the length of the runway, so it’s not getting any flatter. On a 78 degree day, the Demon was launched down the strip and at the other end of a 2.7 mile run, the trapped speed was 211.227 MPH. Talk all the smack you want about weight or aero, but the Challenger Demon, under the right preparation, will put the fear of God into just about any car that dares. Now, if someone can make a tire that doesn’t look like a 1997 Camaro’s rolling stock was “borrowed” for a test…


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3 thoughts on “Like Your Feet Are On Fire: 211 Miles Per Hour From A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

  1. KCR

    Put A taller tire in the rear .It would do 225. Looks almost like they put under sized tires on it.And ,Mopars rule.

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