Why'd You Build a Car Like This?

April 12, 2017

Tim Kuniski, head of passenger cars for Dodge, answers the above question:

Good to Know: 2018 Demon standard specs:

  • 840-horse
  • 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8
  • 2.7-liter per rev supercharger
  • 770 lb.ft torque in race tune; 717 lb.ft in beer run mode
  • Pulls 1.8 g off the line.
  • Brakes from 60 to 0 mph in 97 feet.
  • Two dual-stage fuel pumps
  • Air conditioner also cools the engine bay
  • Knock sensors detect drops in fuel quality
  • Drive modes include Drag Mode, Auto (Street) Mode, and Custom Mode
  • Trick suspension shifts half a ton of weight to back wheels at launch, wheelies Guiness-certified 2.92 feet at take off
  • NHRA banned it from the track because it's too fast without a rollcage

More Demon photos at MotorTrend.com and the Detroit Free Press.com

  • Quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph
  • Zero to 60 in2.3 seconds
  • First factory production car with transmission brake - locks the transmission output shaft as the driver builds the revs to 2,350 RPM on the start line
  • Available 14 exterior colors including Billet Silver, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Go Mango, Granite Crystal, Indigo Blue, Maximum Steel, and Octane Red.
  • Street legal (barely) ultra-sticky Nitto NT05R  315/40R18 drag radials.. Optional skinny drag strip tires can be bolted on for weekends
  • No passenger seats, front or back. (saved 113 pounds leaving them out)
  • No audio system - too heavy. Saved 24 pounds
  • Three-year/36,000 mile limited warranty, with five-year/60,000 mile limited powertrain coverage.
  • Touch screen controls
  • Each owner gets tools for the car and a day at Bondurant Driving School in Chandler, Ariz
  • Only 3,300 Demons will be built in Brampton, Ontario, beginning late this summer.
  • Includes a three-year/36,000 mile limited warranty, with five-year/60,000 mile limited powertrain coverage.
  • No price published yet. Figure somewhere less than six figures.