2018 Dodge Challenger Demon – Top Speed Test

September 6th, 2019

Sure, everyone knows about the Demon. It is said to be ugly-heavy. Despite being the most powerful of the new high-performance domestic retro models, this gives its critics ammunition for calling it slow. Question is: How fast will it really go? Not on the freeway or dragstrip, but on a stretch of endless (3 or 4-miles) road where it can stretch out and get all those ponies to the pavement.

It should be noted that this particular Dodge Demon is equipped with the Demon Crate package which includes additional weight reduction measures and race fuel. This package yields maximum SRT Demon output of 840hp (6,300 RPM), 770 lb.-ft. of torque (4,500 RPM), a 0 to 30 mph time of 1-second and a quarter-mile time of 9.65-seconds. The “official” top speed for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is 168 mph. It has been rumored to have tested at a much higher speed of 203 mph. Let’s see what she’ll do on the Johnny Bonner Proving Grounds.

The time of day was mid-morning and the temperature was a perfect 73-degrees. Humidity was high (73-percent) and wind was non-existent. Surface temperature was 93-degrees and we were 8.3-feet above sea level.

As the 4,280-pound machine launched from a standing halt, the g-force was unmistakable. The whine of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 was met with the taut shifts of the 8-speed automatic transmission as the big coupe rocketed across the concrete and asphalt runway. As the vehicle speed advanced past 100 mph, the car seemed to stabilize and cling to the track. Past 168 mph and on past 203 mph; this car would exceed expectation as it continued to pick up speed all the way to 211 mph in just 2.7-miles. Not slow! Not today.

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