We may have finally reached the peak of the horsepower wars. Last week at the New York International Auto Show, Dodge officially threw down the gauntlet to all other car manufacturers. Based on the popular Dodge Challenger Hellcat, the new Demon will ship with 840 horsepower and 770 lb.-ft. of torque. The added power isn’t coming from adding a few more pounds of boost to the Hellcat engine. The 6.2-liter HEMI V8 engine gets a major overhaul with new pistons, rods, valve train, 10% larger supercharger and other major component upgrades.

The Demon will certainly look like a racecar, but all of the visual upgrades are for performance reasons. Dodge claims that their new Air-Grabber hood has the largest functional hood scoop of any production car and will flow at 1,150 cubic feet per minute. You do have to purchase the Demon Crate to unlock the full 840 high-octane horsepower, and the crate will even come with skinny front drag wheels. By buying the crate, you also get a computer upgrade that will let you run higher octane fuel (typically only purchased at the track). No stone was left unturned to find more 1/4 mile speed.

One of my favorite options for the Demon is that the front and rear seats are both optional. The car only comes with a driver’s seat for weight-savings purposes, but buyers can add in the other seats for only $1 each. Dodge also uses the air conditioning system to chill a liquid-to-air intercooler which helps drop intake air temperatures. Cooler air is denser and by adding more air, you can add more fuel, and then you get more power. 

So why go to all this trouble? The results are staggering. The car makes so much power, it will actually wheelie. The Dodge Demon will be the world’s fastest production car from 0-60 mph, ripping it off in just 2.3 seconds. The Demon will have the fastest 1/4 mile time of any production car at 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. While no pricing has been announced, it will likely cost less than $100,000, which is a fraction of the current record holders. 

Only 3,300 Demons will be produced, with 3,000 coming to America. That’s enough that there will be plenty of people buying them to drive and not park in a garage like a museum piece. While I’m not likely to get my hands on a test model through the Dodge media fleet, I will certainly wait with baited breath to see one cruising our local streets. If any of my wonderful readers happen to purchase one and wants to take me for a ride, please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Hopefully you paid the $1 for an extra seat.

Wilson Calvert
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I am a long-time Houstonian and am obsessed with cars, soccer, traveling, bourbon and airplanes. I write a regular car review column for The Tribune and travel articles a few times per year.