FCA is Planning a New Dodge Demon Muscle Car

If you haven't heard the good news yet, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is planning a faster version of the legendary Dodge Challenger muscle car.

This new version of the Challenger will launch the revival of the Dodge Demon nameplate, which dates all the way back to the 1970s. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is set to put the Challenger and Charger Hellcats to shame as it surpasses their output of 707 horsepower.

Keep reading to learn more about the history of the Dodge Demon and how Dodge is preparing for its comeback from the car experts at Hendersonville Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM in Hendersonville, North Carolina.  

The Original Dodge Demon: A History

The original Dodge Demon was actually based on the Dodge Dart. In the late 1960s, the Dodge Dart was available as a sedan, coupe, and a convertible with numerous engine options for regular driving or more spirited, sporty driving. However, once the second generation of the Dodge Challenger launched in 1969 as a '70 model, Dodge limited the Dart's sportier engine options to avoid competing with itself.

Then, in 1971, Dodge launched a performance-oriented fastback version of the Dart based on the Plymouth Duster. They called it the Dodge Dart Demon, and it was available with optional hood scoops, blackout hood treatment and two different engines.

The Demon 340 featured the larger-displacement 318cui V8 engine that produced 275 horsepower and 340 lbs-ft of torque. It also came equipped with Rallye suspension for high-performance driving.

The nameplate fell out of use when Christian groups objected to use of the word "Demon" as well as the smiling devil and pitchfork emblem that graced the vehicle's backside.  

The 2007 Dodge Demon Concept

In 2007, Dodge introduced a new Dodge Demon Concept. The concept vehicle was a roadster intended to serve as a more affordable sports car than the top-of-the-line Viper.

While the roadster only produced 172 horsepower from a 2.4-liter four-cylinder engine, its estimated curb weight only cocked in at 2,600 pounds.  

The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

More than ever before, Dodge is pushing the envelope when it comes to performance. A perfect example of that tenacity: the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

While the new Dodge Demon won't be fully revealed until the 2017 New York Auto Show, here's what we know so far:

The Dodge Demon will weigh 200+ pounds less than the Challenger Hellcat. With such a dramatic weight loss and a boosted version of the Supercharged 6.2L V8 Hemi, the Dodge Demon should set driving enthusiasts' hearts racing.

Other differences include:
  • Chassis updates
  • Improved steering
  • Better brakes
  • Enhanced suspension

Rumors are swirling about the Dodge Demon and how it will surpass drivers' expectations, and there is speculation that the Demon will be a widebody version of the Challenger, allowing for wider tires and better performance.

One source even suggests power output at 850-900 horsepower!

For now, stay up to date with the official Dodge Demon teaser videos from the manufacturer.  

Shop Muscle Cars at Hendersonville Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM in North Carolina

While you're anxiously waiting for the 2018 Dodge Demon to arrive, shop for Dodge performance and muscle cars online with Hendersonville Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM. Hendersonville CDJR is proud to be North Carolina's premier Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM dealership. Our team serves customers from Hendersonville, Asheville, Brevard, Fletcher and surrounding areas in North and South Carolina. Call (888) 527-7032 or contact us online for help finding the right performance vehicle.

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