When Dodge released the Challenger SRT Hellcat back in 2015, the car world’s collective mind exploded over the figures: 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque out of a 6.2 liter V8 with a 2.4 liter supercharger on top. All of that power was yours to have for a mere at $60,990 for a manual transmission Hellcat Challenger, or $61,390 for the automatic transmission model. What nobody realized in 2015 was that Dodge was just getting started making ungodly muscle cars, as the Dodge Demon entered the fray a few years after.
When the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon was released as a limited production car for the 2018 model year, it seemed like an impossible vehicle. Up to 840 horsepower and 770lb-ft of torque via 100-octane racing fuel came courtesy of a revamped Hellcat V8, which included an upgraded rotating assembly and a larger 2.7 liter supercharger. That extra shove is enough to propel a Challenger SRT Demon to a NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 miles per hour. But because it’s capable of running below 10-seconds, the Dodge Demon is officially banned from NHRA-sanctioned events, as it’s a road car and does not have a mandated roll cage.
That is the fastest quarter mile for any production road car in the world, followed by the lowly Bugatti Veyron. Not bad when you consider the $1.6 million dollar difference in those cars base price. The Dodge Demon also the first production road car certified by the Guinness Book of World Records to wheelie on a hard launch.
While the Demon’s quarter mile blitz was recorded while the car was wearing its special Nitto drag tires in the back and skinnies in the front, which come with the car as part of the $1 Demon Crate package. The Demon is essentially a $86,000 factory drag racer that you can put a license plate on, and we can all thank Hagerty for that.
When Dodge unveiled the Challenger SRT Demon, insurance companies wanted nothing to do with a nearly 850 horsepower street car capable of 0 to 60mph in 2.3 seconds. Hagerty Insurance announced that they would offer coverage for all 3,300 Demons in North America shortly thereafter, stepping in as Dodge’s guardian angel.
For that reason the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and Hagerty are undeniably linked, and is likely how Hagerty was able to make this awesome Demon engine build video. Master mechanic Davin Reckow assembles the satanic motor from the bare block in this time lapse video, before showing us all how sinister the Demon can be. Check it all out just below.