Fastest thing on four wheels (and occasionally two); yes, it can do a wheelie; 840 horsepower; surprisingly large cabin and trunk; the sheer absurdity of it all
Huge dealer markups; huge tire bills; less appropriate for street driving than the Hellcat and other Challenger models; feels as big to drive as it looks
The SRT Demon is the latest addition to the vast Challenger lineup. This range-topping model boasts the most wildly powerful Hemi V8 yet, and a variety of features intended for drag-strip use.
Unless you really, truly intend to frequent drag strips, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is not an appropriate street car. Get the Hellcat instead -- sure, it only has 707 horsepower, but holy cow, man, that's still 707 horsepower!
The SRT Demon is the highest-performance version of the Dodge Challenger, which we review separately.
It comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels, drag radial tires, launch control, an adaptive suspension with a special drag mode, automatic HID headlamps, the widebody Challenger body style, proximity entry and push-button start, dual-zone climate control, a rearview camera, a 6-way power driver's seat, cloth upholstery, an Alcantara-wrapped steering wheel, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, the 8.4-in Uconnect touchscreen interface, integrated navigation, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, two USB ports, satellite radio, HD Radio and a 2-speaker sound system.
For $1 each, you can add a front passenger seat, the back seat, a trunk carpet and/or the "Demon Crate," which adds a performance powertrain module intended for high-octane fuel, a conical air filter, a hydraulic floor jack, a cordless impact wrench, a torque wrench and, most notably, razor-thin front-runner drag wheels. Available for considerably more money is leather upholstery, the Comfort Audio Group (an 18-speaker audio system and front floor mats) or the Comfort Audio Group – Leather Seats (18-speaker audio, floor mats, leather-Alcantara upholstery, front passenger and rear seats, heated front seats and a heated power-adjustable steering wheel). A sunroof is also available, although it somehow costs $4,995.
|Basic||3 Years/36,000 Miles|
|Drivetrain||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
|Corrosion||5 Years/Unlimited Miles|
|Roadside Assistance||5 Years/60,000 Miles|
Bugatti Chiron -- Want to go as quickly from zero to 60 as the Demon, but scoff at its plebian Dodge badge? Well, consider the Chiron. Hopefully you have a few million dollars on hand. Oh, you don't? Aw, shucks.
Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 -- The ZL1 is the muscle car for those who care more about going around a racetrack than down a drag strip. It too is a serious performance machine, just in a completely different way.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat -- The Hellcat is quite frankly a more appropriate vehicle for the road than the Demon. If you have no intention of going to the drag strip, we'd highly recommend going with the 707-hp Hellcat.