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.
Although full details have not yet been revealed, the Demon will reportedly be an enhanced version of the popular SRT Hellcat making use of a wider stance and a design that may cut up to 200 lbs of weight in order to achieve better performance.
Specs haven't been announced, but it's a good bet the Demon will feature a 707 hp engine making 650 lb-ft of torque— the same as the Hellcat. That being said, there's a chance Dodge may have a surprise in store, so stay tuned.
At this time, there's no word on whether or not the Demon will get a larger supercharger. Based on alleged spy shots circulating online, the vehicle's wheels may get an increase in size to accommodate more rubber for enhanced traction in straight-line bouts at the local dragstrip.
Other Challengers should take largely 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 versions 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.
Expect further updates closer to the official reveal.
Pricing & Release Date
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is due to be unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April 2017. Based on typical production schedules, we expect the vehicle to go on sale late this year.
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: 2017 Challenger SRT Hellcat
Teaser Video for 2018 SRT Demon
IIHS Moderate Overlap Crash Test Video for 2016 Challenger