The FCA Design Boss Is Making Room For Something Else

Dodge Demon

Ralph Gilles: FCA Design boss, track rat and automotive muscle car celebrity is making space in his garage for a “devilish project” that he plans on getting soon. However, he’s selling off a devilish muscle car that he already owns in order to do so. What we mean to say is that Gilles is putting up his highly collectable Dodge Demon for sale, and it’s currently listed on Michigan’s Platinum Motorcars website for $139,995, which is about $10,000 to $15,000 more than what’s normally seen at auctions.

It’s not just that this Dodge Demon is owned by modern Mopar royalty, but also that it was the fourth one ever produced with a VIN. The Gilles Dodge Demon is colored Octane Red Pearlcoat, and seems to be loaded with many options, such as the reinstallation of the passenger seats, which only cost a dollar to do. Also on the inside are red seat belts, the full HD radio, dual zone climate control, and other basic comforts.

The Ralph Gilles-owned Dodge Demon has just 1,200 miles on the odometer since he took delivery two years ago. since then, per the listing. Ironically, despite being a regular at the race track with his Dodge Viper ACR, he never took this cranked out Challenger to the drag strip.

The Dodge Demon was originally priced at $86,090 and was limited to just 3,000 units in the United States and a further 300 in Canada. It stands as the most capable factory car in the quarter mile, as well as the most powerful muscle car ever to be offered from an automaker. Making it more special is its highly limited production run, because according to the words of Dodge marketing boss Tim Kuniskis, “it’s not coming back.”

As of now, only Ralph Gilles knows what’s in store for his car collection next. And if it’s going to be good enough to replace a Demon, chances are it’s going to get a lot of attention when that delivery happens.

Dodge Demon

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

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Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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