It's a monster and the NHRA want's nothing to do with it.
So powerful is the 840 horsepower Dodge Demon that the National Hot Rod Association has flat out banned the strip slayer from all NHRA sanctioned drag strips.
Its 9.65-second, 140 mph quarter-mile beat down exceeds the regulatory body's rules regarding OEM production cars. In 2008 the NHRA decided that 9.99-seconds at 135 mph was the fastest a production street car would be allowed to run without special safety equipment and a competition licence.
So if you want to run your Demon at an NHRA strip, you better find a way to make it slower...
But there was a second, allegedly more substantial leak that happened Sunday afternoon. A dubious source from Instagramis claiming the Demon is a 9-second car out of the box, with the rejigged 6.2L V8 cranking out more than 1000 hp in full race trim.
The monster has finally broken cover. Here are the power figures:
Power Mode 1: 757hp Power Mode 2: 815hp Power Mode 3 1023hp
Now the last power Mode is achieved with only the following parameters in place:
1. Race Fuel: 100 octane or better 2. Crate PCM (crate purchased separately from the car for approximately $3,000) 3. Drag Mode Initiated, allowing higher RPM and broader power delivery in this drag mode
Car will break 9s stock and deep into 8s with few modifications just like the Hellcat has dipped into the 9s quite easily.
We'll know for sure tomorrow how true this alleged information actually is, but it certainly looks the part...
We know it's 200 lbs lighter thanks to a stripped interior, we know Dodge will provide a second high-octane PCM, we know it's the first production car ever with a liquid-to-air charge air cooler chiller system along with a trans brake and torque reserve system.
Now, we know what the Demon looks like--and it's wholly unsurprising--18-inch alloys wrapped in 315-section pseudo street tires topped by jaunty fender flares and a gargantuan hood scoop that will gobble oxygen at a rather rude rate.
But Dodge knows we don't really care what the car looks like, we want horsepower, we want trap speeds, and most importantly, we want quarter-mile times. Unfortunately, performance parameters will have to wait until Dodge officially pulls the sheet on the Demon next week ahead of the New York Auto Show.
Hellcat.org and a select few of our membership will be live from New York City next week where we'll bring you pictures, video, and all the information you could hope for about Dodge's factory-built drag racer.
Mules of the Challengers four-door sibling have been spotted testing in Michigan.
In less than a week Dodge will officially reveal the Demon, it's most absurdly addled performance model since the Viper ACR-X showed up almost seven years ago. However, back home in Michigan SRT engineers are seemingly hard at work on a similar, but not as hardcore, evolution for everyone's favorite family sedan.
Photos surfaced on Instagram earlier this week showing a Charger with wider than normal tires parading down a Michigan highway sporting manufacturer plates, accompanied by a yellow 2017 Charger Scat Pack. It's thought that following the Demon's launch Dodge will release a widebody package for both Hellcat cars in the months following.
However, sweetening the pot even further, it's believed Dodge is considering offering the Demon's upgraded motor in the Charger, minus the extra drag racing goodies, creating one of the most abusive four-door sedans American streets have ever seen.
Details surrounding a Demon powered Charger remain fuzzy at best, but based on these mule shots it's reasonable to expect the widebody Charger to be available with the standard 707-hp Hellcat engine, with Demon's bumped up supercharged HEMI available as an option.