2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vs 2017 Challenger SRT Hellcat – Glenwood Springs, CO

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vs 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Engine:

6.2 L V8

Horsepower:

840 hp

Torque:

705 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

TBD *

Transmission:

6-speed manual

2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Engine:

6.2 L V8

Horsepower:

707 hp

Torque:

650 lb-ft

Fuel Economy:

13 city / 21 hwy mpg *

Transmission:

6-speed manual

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon vs 2017 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

Serving Glenwood Springs, Basalt, Aspen, Rifle, CO

Muscle cars are the reason many of us fell in love with the American road. Speed, torque, handling, and just the feeling of driving one of these beauties is like falling in love all over again. Still, the heyday of the muscle car is long gone and we don’t often see the kind of vehicles that get our blood racing. Along comes the revised Dodge Challenger. One of the great names of the road and one of the greatest muscle cars in history gives us two more options to have that affair with the highways we’ve all been looking for. Dodge recently announced the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon. Discover how is more powerful than the current most powerful Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Performance

The 2018 SRT Demon is all about performance. It dominates the landscape for a production car with having the highest horsepower, g-force, 0-60 sec and fastest quarter mile time. The car doesn’t even have passenger seats, you have to order them. They only cost two dollars extra, but the point is clear: this is a car built for the road. It earns the title of muscle car at 840 horsepower and the world’s most powerful production car V8. The Demon has a limited run and will impress anyone with a love for speed. This is the ultimate drag racing vehicle. It was already approved and then immediately banned from drag strips for its performance ability. The 2017 Hellcat is available in both automatic and manual, offering 0-60 in 3.6 seconds or 3.9 seconds respectively. It also boasts an impressive 707 horsepower Hemi V8 engine. This car is still a contender in the muscle car class and offers more room for passengers as it can be used as a daily driver.

What makes the SRT Demon V8 engine different compared to the SRT Hellcat V8?

  • Larger supercharger: 2.7 liters vs. 2.4 liters
  • Increased boost pressure: 14.5 psi vs. 11.6 psi
  • Higher rpm limit: 6,500 rpm vs. 6,200 rpm
  • Fuel: two dual-stage fuel pumps vs. one
  • Larger induction air box with three sources of intake air: Air-Grabber™ hood scoop, Dual Air-Catcher Headlamps and an inlet near the wheel liner

Appearance

The Demon is a widebody version of the Hellcat, but it differs from the 2017 model in many ways. This car was built for the drag circuit and it shows. The looser front suspension and giant radials are proof that there was one goal in mind for this car.

The 2017 Hellcat has the same mean look but was built for a combination of performance and comfort. This hearkens back to muscle car history where the car was often your daily driver even if you used it on the strip. Both vehicles have a variety of color and trim options.

Safety

The 2018 Demon will be leaving track enthusiasts panting, but the very power that makes it great also means it isn’t the safest of options. The reason it was banned from drag strips is because it is so powerful it would need a roll cage and other safety requirements. It’s the kind of car you need to drive while wearing a helmet.

The 2017 Hellcat, on the other hand, offers both the satisfaction of muscle car power and a safer ride. The NHTSA gives it five stars in several safety categories including frontal barrier crash, side crash, and rollover categories. This is the car of choice when it comes to safety.


These two cars are both great choices if you’re in the market for muscle. It depends on the reason you’re looking for a car and whether a track ready performance machine or usage as a daily driver is most important to you. Either way, you’re joining one of the most iconic stories in American history as the owner of a muscle car. Stop by the dealership Glenwood Springs, Colorado Dodge dealership and give one of these vehicles a test drive today! Berthod Motors is your local Dodge dealer serving Basalt and the surrounding Aspen, CO area.

* EPA-estimated city/highway mileage. Actual mileage will vary.