By now you have seen the Challenger Demon teaser videos. The sexy looking wide body Dodge Challenger with the huge rear drag radials– yeah, it’s all bullshit.
You may have heard that Dodge no longer makes the Viper, so what Dodge now has is a Halo car problem. Every car brand has the Halo-attention-getting-cars that gets people into dealerships, and into their brand. Chevy has the Corvette, Dodge had the Viper, Honda (Acura) has the NSX, Nissan has the GTR, Ford – the new GT (which is a bad ass car by the way), and on and on… What Dodge is trying to do with the Challenger Demon is take a existing platform, the Challenger, and make it their Halo car. The Challenger already has its Halo and it is called the Hellcat – the 707 horsepower supercharged beast that everyone wants (me included). How do you make that more Halo? Well you make it a limited production drag car that is a little lighter, a little faster, a little more special, and A LOT more expensive.
I want cars that I see on the streets and that get driven. When you saw a Viper, you were wowed. Joe Blow will never see a Challenger Demon driving around on the street because it’s single purpose is quarter-mile runs. If its as expensive and limited as I suspect (my guess is $89,000 and a couple thousand made), we won’t see them hustling down the street anytime soon, or ever. It would be more cost effective and much cooler if you bought a Challenger Hellcat, did a couple tweaks, and have a car that is faster and much cheaper than a Challenger Demon.
It’s in my opinion is that there isn’t point to this car. If you are seriously looking at this car then I, personally, would recommend you buy a Hellcat and send it to Hennessey Performance for their HPE1000 kit. It adds a twin-turbos and some drag radials (if that’s what you’re in the mood for). At that point you would have something is undoubtedly quicker and meaner than a Demon – you would have a DevilCat.