The Challenger SRT Demon: What the critics say
Autoweek “Insanity! Pure, unattenuated, straitjacket-worthy insanity.” How else can we describe the new Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, a street-legal drag racer that can reach 60 mph in 2.3 seconds? Faster than any gas-powered production car aside from Bugatti’s $3 million Chiron, this “exclamation point on wheels” flexes a V-8 with a “brain-squishing” 840 hp and 770 lb.-ft. of torque—and that’s all you really need to know.
The Wall Street Journal “If you feel a ‘why’ coming—no. There is no why.” A car capable of pulling a wheelie off the line is “a pretty weird and fetishy automobile,” and though Fiat Chrysler intends to make 3,300 a year, you won’t see many away from the drag strip. Putting buyers in the driver’s seat is not the point. The Demon’s genius lies in the way it ties the Challenger to drag-racing culture, adding legit sizzle to an “aging, underselling steak.”
Jalopnik.com Even so, feeling 1.8 g’s of accelerative force is “a legitimately life-changing experience,” akin to “simultaneous overdoses of exhilaration, fear, and awe.” Launching a Demon from a cloud of tire smoke will “suck the air out of your lungs, put tears in your eyes, and have you praying to someone, anyone, for mercy.” If you care at all about driving, “the fact that this car exists at all has got to make you smile.” ■