After three long months filled with 14 different teasers, one of the most highly anticipated muscle cars was finally unveiled in its full glory to the public.
According to a report from automotive website Driving, the 2018 Dodge Challenger ST Demon by manufacturer Fiat Chrysler Automobiles took center stage at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) last Tuesday, April 11. Some of the Challenger Demon's most overwhelming features is a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, capable of delivering 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft. The numbers, according to the report, makes the 2018 Challenger Demon the most powerful muscle car to date.
"With Demon, our goal was to build a car that would tattoo the Dodge logo into the subconscious of the general market, beyond even our loyal enthusiasts," said Dodge's president and CEO Tim Kuniskis. "To do so, we had to set records that have never been set before, do more than has ever been done before," he added.
Furthermore, a report from AutoWeek also noted other impressive details of the vehicle, which include an NHRA-certified ET of 9.65 at 140 mph, making it the world's fastest production car as far as a quarter mile is concerned. It is capable of dispatching 30 mph per second and 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds, which contributed to its banning from official competition.
The new Challenger Demon is also the first factory-produced vehicle that is able to take advantage of 100+ octane gas that is used for racing and is also the first production car to feature a novel liquid-to-air intercooler chiller system, according to a report from CNet. The latter feature allows the muscle car to divert cold air from the air-conditioning loop.
"Demon isn't an incremental change to an existing vehicle," Kuniskis said. "It would have been easy to take a Hellcat and make it faster. But we didn't want to do that," he added.