2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon starts at $84,995

The manufacturer suggested retail price for the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon $84,995. We should say only $84,995. That is the price for the highest horsepower V8 production car engine ever produced, a car that can do a damn wheelie and run the quarter mile in just over nine seconds. And the damn thing comes with a three-year/36,000-mile warranty and five-year/60,000-mile powertrain coverage. 
Think about that for a minute. It is almost unreal. The power, the performance, the price, and the warranty. 
The gas guzzler tax (shocking, I know) is included in that price but the $1095 destination fee is not. The Demon will have a several options, all of which are equally reasonably priced:

  • Demon Crate ($1): Exclusive Demon Crate offers components that unleash the car’s 840 horsepower, 770 lb.-ft. of torque and full potential at the drag strip and is personalized with the buyer’s name, VIN and serial number. The Demon Crate and the performance parts it holds are valued at $6,140, but Challenger SRT Demon owners can buy the entire package for $1. Contents of the Demon Crate include:
    • Direct Connection Performance Parts:
      • Two narrow, front-runner drag wheels
      • Performance powertrain control module with high-octane engine calibration
      • Replacement instrument panel switch module with high-octane button
      • Personalized ID badge
      • Conical performance air filter
      • Two valve stems
      • Passenger mirror block-off plate
    • Demon-branded track tools:
      • Hydraulic floor jack with carrying bag
      • Cordless impact wrench with charger
      • Torque wrench with extension and socket
      • Tire pressure gauge
      • Fender cover
      • Tool bag
    • Foam case that fits into the Challenger SRT Demon trunk and securely holds the front runner wheels and track tools
  • Cloth rear seat ($1)
  • Leather rear seat ($1)
  • Front passenger cloth seat ($1)
  • Demon trunk carpet kit ($1)
  • Red seat belts ($195)
  • Leather Front Seat Group includes Laguna leather and Alcantara suede covered seats with embossed Demon head logo, front passenger seat, heated and ventilated leather front seats with heated steering wheel, premium floor mats, power tilt/telescoping column and bright pedals ($1,595)
  • Comfort Audio Group, Cloth Seats, includes front passenger cloth seat, 18-speaker Harman Kardon Audio, including two subwoofers and 900W amplifier, premium floor mats and bright pedals ($995)
  • Painted Black Satin Hood ($1,995)
  • Comfort Group, Leather Seats, includes Laguna leather and Alcantara suede covered seats with embossed Demon head logo, front passenger seat, heated and ventilated leather front seats with heated steering wheel, premium floor mats, power tilt/telescoping column, bright pedals, 18-speaker Harman Kardon Audio, including two subwoofers and 900W amplifier ($2,495)
  • Painted Black Satin Graphics Package, available with all 15 exterior colors, includes satin black painted hood, roof and decklid ($3,495)
  • For buyers who must have a sunroof – Power sunroof ($4,995)

The Demon will be available in fifteen colors, which is quite a lot given its limited one-year production run of 3300 units, 3000 for U.S. and 300 for Canada. Between the colors and the options, this pretty much assures that very few Demons, if any, will be identical. 
But in the words of an infomercialman, this’s not all you get! These are the extras that come with buying the Demon:

Owner’s Track Tech Manual
Adding to its exclusivity and collectability, each 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon buyer will receive a unique, customized, leather-bound owner’s Track Tech Manual. The custom information package includes a copy of the vehicle build sheet. In addition to standard vehicle information, it also covers all the vehicles’ performance enhancements, includes detailed information about the Challenger SRT Demon’s drag-strip optimized performance technologies and pages for logging track runs.
Official Driving School of Dodge//SRT
All customers who buy new 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon receive one full-day session at Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving. The Bob Bondurant School of High-performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, is the Official High-performance Driving School of Dodge//SRT. All customers who buy a new model SRT will receive one full-day session with professional instruction and time on the track as part of the Dodge//SRT Package. For more information, visit www.driveSRT.com.
Dodge Names Hagerty Demon’s Official Insurance Provider
Dodge has named Hagerty as its official insurance provider of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – Hagerty is a company for people who love cars and already protect many of the rarest high-performance cars in the world.

Gotta say, Dodge has really thought this thing through – what automaker do you know thinks of insurance for its high performance vehicles?
But there is one thing that is out of Dodge’s and FCA’s control. Dealers will still mark these things way up, probably demanding 100% premium. And then there are those who will buy these cars and put then in a bubble for thirty years, which is just sad. Worse yet, few will wreck them within a few days of taking possession. 
Should we get out hands on a Demon, rest assured that we will give it a proper hooning. 

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18 responses to “2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon starts at $84,995”

  1. mdharrell Avatar

    “Passenger mirror block-off plate”
    That rather limits its suitability as a tow vehicle. Pass.

  2. NapoleonSolo Avatar

    $1995 for a black hood?

    1. P161911 Avatar

      “Satin Black” Hood. Why do I suspect dodge uses a stain black primer?

      1. mdharrell Avatar

        I don’t get the point of a satin finish here. They want to have the superficial appearance of a Serious Racecar without committing to an actual flat finish?
        Then again, maybe I do get the point of a satin finish here.

        1. cap'n fast Avatar
          cap’n fast

          I am kind a hoping for the stripe around the ass of the car. like real dodges had.

        2. outback_ute Avatar

          I think a satin finish does enough to eliminate glare and is easier to maintain thann a flat/matt finish.

  3. Fred Talmadge Avatar
    Fred Talmadge

    Why only 2 valve stems? Does Bondurant teach drag racing?

    1. mdharrell Avatar

      The valve stems are presumably for the pair of “narrow, front-runner drag wheels” included in that package.

      1. cap'n fast Avatar
        cap’n fast

        in order to have the tires/wheels shipped to the customer, as OEM supplied parts for a road worthy legal car, they must have the TPMS sensors installed by FCA, the two air valves are to replace the TPMS sensor type valve stems….I think….kinda makes some sort of perverse sense….like a 9 second race car from the factory in this age of golf cart emulating street cars the feds have foisted off on us all in the name of safety and economy….you know, its for the children…or may be they just had a few laying around.

        1. outback_ute Avatar

          I’m going for the front runner wheels. Which don’t have tyres included, presumably for “legal reasons”. Hopefully they tell people to get radial tyres, I understand that using cross-ply front runners with radial rears gives some pretty interesting steering/stability characteristics.

          1. cap'n fast Avatar
            cap’n fast

            interesting stability characteristics can be overcome with more power. porches 917 comes to mind.

          2. outback_ute Avatar

            I don’t know if that is the same thing necessarily – would they have been mixing tires?
            I’ve heard about street cars running drag radials that have had very squirrely/scary passes when trying a set of front runners. These would be running 130 mph plus terminal speeds in full-weight street cars so lack of power isn’t really an issue.

  4. neight428 Avatar

    I admire Dodge for doing it, the dance around the regulatory issues is a humorous strategy in response to humorless people with power and agendas, I’d be afraid of backlash in different circumstances, but as it is, these will probably fly under the “think of the children” radar. A $90k turn key drag car that runs 9’s is ridiculous, but in a good sort of way. If you paid someone else to do all of the work to build one for you from an existing vehicle, you could probably do it for cheaper, but you could also do it for much more.

  5. Rover 1 Avatar
    Rover 1

    What horsepower will the Hennessey (et al) versions have?

    1. JayP Avatar

      That’ll be interesting.
      Dodge is wrenching out as much as they can to get 840 with a warranty.

  6. cap'n fast Avatar
    cap’n fast

    needs more power. at $85 grand, why is there options???? i bet they charge dealer prep.

    1. outback_ute Avatar

      If you add the heavy sound system, heated/ventilated/power seats, power-adjustable steering column, sunroof plus all the other stuff, would it still be a 9 sec car?

  7. robbydegraff Avatar

    Sold. I’ll take one.