Ferocious 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon Elevates All Dodge Products – Forbes
All car nuts have no doubt gawked and day-ummed over the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the fastest production car in the world (for now) as revealed during this week’s NY Auto show and of which Dodge says: “is shaking the foundation of the entire performance car industry.”
Some Demon highlights, if you’re not in the loop:
840 horsepower and 770 pounds-feet of torque from supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Demon V-8 engine
- Highest horsepower V-8 production car engine ever produced
- First-ever front-wheel lift in production car (2.92 feet) as certified by Guinness World Records
- World’s fastest quarter-mile production car with an elapsed time (ET) of 9.65 seconds and 140 miles per hour (mph) as certified by National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)
- Challenger SRT Demon is too fast for the drag strip – officially banned by NHRA
- World’s fastest 0-60 production car: 2.3 seconds
- 0-30 miles per hour: 1.0 second
- Highest g-force acceleration of any production car: 1.8 g
But here’s the thing – Dodge is cleaning up left to right on its entire fleet, most of which have hit homeruns so far this year. Of late, we’ve pounded and dug a few other Dodge products – or, shall we say, Fiat products, as Fiat owns both Dodge and Jeep. Here are a few impressions of some 2017 vehicles from both companies.
We can’t believe we drove this 7-passenger tub all over town solo for seven days, dreading the anticipated challenges of manuevering, parking and gassing. But by gum, we barely noticed its bulk, what with its easy handling, adaptability, comfort and swank.
It’s got unusually spacious third-row seats – meaning one needn’t be a marmot to fit back there – it can really tow stuff (unusual for a crossover) it can actually go off-road with its 4WD capability, which doubles for mastering heavy snow. It’s got a 8.4-inch touchscreen that works especially well, although Bluetooth streaming, oddly, doesn’t come standard on the SXT trim. Its fuel economy isn’t spectacular, especially when you go for the V8, but it seems to be a time in America when fuel economy concerns are going out the window, for better or worse. (Worse if you ask us.) For 2017, a new GT trim replaces the Limited, allowing buyers a monochromatic exterior with sporty flourishes, and the base SXT can be ordered with just two rows of seats.
Our 3.6L V6 8-speed Automatic was more spirited at speed than from dead stops; one imagines with a full load of kiddos, takeoff would be even more sluggish. But that was the only aspect of the Citadel we could find to gripe about. If you are in the market for a simply well-made machine that carries none of the snobbish, overpriced characteristics of some luxury SUVs, the Citadel is your bet.