Friday, April 21, 2017

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon


Everybody is talking or writing about the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. You know that Oh-My-God fast car from Dodge. The car that will pull the front wheels on take-off and hit 0-60 in 2.3 seconds. To twist a line from Julius Caesar, "I come to praise Demon, not bury it."

But unlike all those who praise Demon's tire melting power I want to praise the technology that makes this possible.

Imagine if you will that you are in 1969. Now try to imagine a street car with 840 hp; try to imagine driving it back and forth to work. I turned 20 in 1969. Probably the most powerful domestic car you could buy was a Mopar 426 Hemi. You might get 14 mpg on the highway. Now think of what you'd have to do to that Hemi, that was rated at 425 hp, to bump it up to 840. Not exactly streetable.

I haven't driven a Demon so I don't know for sure but I'm willing to bet it has a nice, smooth idle. Dodge says it can get 22 mpg on the highway and accelerate from 0-60 in about 2.3 seconds (or less).

Who would have thought oh those many years ago that a car this powerful could actually be a daily driver? Thanks to modern technology Dodge has pulled a rabbit from its hat.


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