Dodge is very slowly rolling out information on the Challenger SRT Demon, a hardcore variant of the already outrageous SRT Hellcat that promises to somehow up the ante even further than the level set by the 707-horsepower muscle-freak. Last week, the automaker wowed us by sharing that the Demon would be "more than 200 lbs. lighter" than the regular Hellcat. Now, thanks to some insider intel, we have a better idea how Dodge will shave all that weight out of the big-body cat.
On the various enthusiast forums, people have been trying to figure out the clues laid out in the second of what will eventually be a 12-part video teaser series spilling Demon details. Go ahead, watch for yourself:
Notice all the different parts that get highlighted in the cutaway cartoon? Wheels, seats, brake calipers, lug nuts, front suspension, and interior components all get briefly outlined in the 26-second video, titled "Reduction." We think these are hints at Demon-specific parts that will help shave that weight.
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We ran our ideas by somebody with knowledge of the Demon project, who confirmed that, in order to get to a total of 200 lbs. of weight savings over the normal Hellcat, you'll have to check a few very specific boxes on the option sheet. The Demon will offer buyers the chance to build a car with no rear seat and no spare tire, for example. It's similar to how the Mustang Shelby GT350R loses its rear seat and air conditioning to shed 130 lbs., though in the Shelby you have the option of adding both of those pieces back. In the Demon, it sounds like you will have to select a specific option package to ditch the back seats.
Of course, we asked our person with insider Demon knowledge whether this ultra-Hellcat will offer an increase over the regular car's 707 horsepower. Our insider would not comment on that one. But remember the old drag racing adage: , equals a tenth of a second shaved from your quarter-mile time.
And who knows? With its wider tires and lighter weight, the SRT Demon might even be a handler.