The Dodge Challenger will get a major addition for the 2018 model year. Although a full redesign doesn't appear to be in the cards until at least 2019, the retro-cool coupe is set to gain a new variant called the SRT Demon.
The Demon will be an enhanced version of the popular SRT Hellcat making use of a wider stance and a design that cuts 200 lbs of weight in order to achieve better performance. It will be powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine making 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque (up from 707 hp in the standard Hellcat).
The Demon is functionally built to perform at the local drag strip. The car will feature a single seat, with no backseat or space for a front passenger. Dodge says that at 45.2 sq. in., the car's hood scoop is the largest on any production car. The car will boast the title of the world's fastest production car with a 0-60 mph sprint in as little as 2.3 seconds.
Other Challenger variants should largely take the same form as the 2017 model. The base engine is a 3.6-liter V6 making 305 hp with 268 lb-ft, although a popular alternative is a 5.7-liter HEMI V8 producing 375 hp with 410 lb-ft. In the R/T 392 and SRT 392, a 6.4-liter V8 makes 485 hp with 475 lb-ft.
Transmission choices are unclear at this point, but we suspect most Challengers will continue to feature an 8-spd automatic (or 6-spd manual). Competitors have been inching toward 10-spd gearboxes for improved performance and efficiency, with the 2018 Ford Mustang set to gain one later this year as part of a mid-cycle refresh.
Pricing & Release Date
Production of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is due to begin this summer. Dealers will begin receiving their first cars this fall.
Official pricing is still a long way off. For reference, the 2017 Challenger SXT starts at $28,285 with destination, while the top-spec SRT Hellcat is priced at $68,285. We think it's fair to estimate that the SRT Demon could easily hit $73,000.
Based on our analysis, special offers on the Challenger continue to be quite attractive, with the best deals centering on cashback and finance incentives. We consistently see heavier discounting relative to competitors like the Mustang. Shoppers currently leasing a competitor should be sure to ask about so-called conquest discounts worth up to $1,000 meant to encourage customers to switch brands.
Pictured: 2018 Challenger SRT Demon
IIHS Moderate Overlap Crash Test Video for 2016 Challenger