Hooniverse Asks: The 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is…

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is FCM’s modern-day Viper, a silly one-trick pony of a car. That could be taken in a couple of ways and today we want your vote on which way you take it.
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25 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: The 840-Horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon Is…”

  1. Maymar Avatar

    Can I vote for both options? I have less than an eighth of the Demon’s power and do just fine, but I appreciate the audacity of the thing.

    1. smalleyxb122 Avatar

      I think both is the proper response. It’s completely ridiculous, and I have no use for it, but I’m glad it exists.

    2. 0A5599 Avatar

      Yes. I have never been to Central Park, particularly for the two weeks or so when it was covered in orange fabric, but I still appreciate the ridiculousness that someone was able to dream it, finance it, and execute the project.

    3. Papa Van Twee Avatar
      Papa Van Twee

      I begrudge nobody the ownership of such a fine vehicle, I just have no use for it in my life. Where will I shove the kid seat? I’m sure my daughter would prefer not to roll around in the cabin all trip.

      1. ptschett Avatar

        Passenger seat – $1 option, back seat – $1 option.

      2. Maymar Avatar

        Isn’t the back seat an option? I mean, if you can shell out the $90k (plus markup, or whatever this ends up going for), I think you can break the bank for the $1 to get the other seats.
        But yeah, diminishing returns over a Hellcat unless drag racing is your thing, and if you’re like me and can’t drive over 95mph without losing your license, really diminishing returns over an R/T or SRT.

      3. outback_ute Avatar

        Put a roll cage in there – surely she would like to play on a jungle gym while you drive?

  2. Alan Cesar Avatar
    Alan Cesar

    It’s ridiculous, but so was the Mustang Boss 302 Laguna Seca, with its side pipes and no rear seat and not-street-legal front splitter.
    So is the SVT Raptor.
    So is the Camero ZL1.
    So was the Neon SRT4 ACR.
    So was the Lancer Evo X MR.
    So was the Integra Type R.
    If you complain about the Demon but think the above cars sound fun, you’re suffering serious cognitive dissonance just because the thing is not meant to go ’round corners.

    1. Maymar Avatar

      I’d also be interested to see the overlap between people who call the Demon dangerous, and people who either lionize air-cooled Porsches (particularly the 930) or people who despise Ralph Nader for “killing the Corvair.”

      1. Alan Cesar Avatar
        Alan Cesar

        Exactly. Or people who simply complain that American cars are engineered to understeer for safety (because understeer is “safer” but “less fun”). Do you want safe, or don’t you?
        When someone crashes a car because they ran out of skill, is that the car’s (or its manufacturer’s) fault, or the owner’s? Sure, there’s room for both. The Corvair expected owners to maintain extremely different tire pressures just so the General could save a buck on a sway bar. It made a mass-market car difficult to handle by a normal driver (please pardon the oversimplification for the sake of the larger point here).
        But the Demon is a car that’s expressly designed and marketed to be a fast drag car. If someone crashes it because they didn’t realize the front skinnies don’t offer enough grip to control the car in your exiting-the-car-show burnout/drift, that’s pretty clearly the driver’s fault.

    2. Kamil K Avatar

      How dare you insult the Integra Type R!?

  3. theskitter Avatar

    Not as silly as $27k Challengers with 305hp.

    1. Joey DaVive Avatar
      Joey DaVive

      This gets my vote

  4. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    I should wait until we get a road test but right now I’m in camp “No use for it.”
    Skinny front tires and softened front suspension + average driver with more money than brains = bad news.

  5. Kiefmo Avatar

    While gluesniffer deep within me is glad it exists, with all of Chriat’s issues, it seems like a strange way to spend money.
    “Hey ChryFiat, why don’t you spend some monies to work on the quality of your vehicles so they don’t fall apart so easily?”
    “Nah, I think rather we’ll release an ultra-low-volume coupe loosely based on an old Mercedes platform and give it ~1000 crank horseponies. Give or take 1000, that is. At any rate, it’ll be enough horseponies that it will pull tires and run high 9s with drag radials. That’ll sell a shitload more Pacifivans and Rams.”
    “WTF, ChryFiat???”

    1. Sjalabais Avatar

      As a distraction, it’s brilliant. Car writers all over the place have been busy with free advertisement, fake controversy, and mild non-political outrage. This is way better for FCA than dissecting another JD Powers, and they also create a collectible in the process. At the same time, they produce a vehicle that small kids and certain young adults will compare to Ferrari & Co., which is no small feat.
      I’m not sure this money is so badly spent. Guys like you and me will only be looking at FCA products within smelling distance anyway.

      1. Alff Avatar

        “Guys like you and me will only be looking at FCA products outside smelling distance anyway.”
        No wonder I don’t fit in here. I’ve had at least two of their products in the drive since 1995, three since 2002 and sometimes more.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Haha, I was very specifically referring to Kiefmo’s and my history of Volvo and Honda, though I can only speak for myself that certain products will remain out of interest until improved greatly. That said, some crappy vehicles are interesting enough to merit attention like, say, an UAZ Buchanka.

  6. nanoop Avatar

    I don’t get muscle cars and 400+ hp yet. Ask me again after I have owned something with more than 2.5L/200hp.
    If you enjoy this one, certainly good for you!

  7. papamarc Avatar

    If money were no object….I would buy 2, one for a daily driver and the other to put away for the future.

  8. P161911 Avatar

    I am looking forward to it being a performance car footnote much like the 375HP “King of the Hill” C4 Corvette or the 380HP Ferrari Testarossa of the 1980s. Of course my 1500HP daily commuter will probably also be self driving and weigh 6000 lbs. to accommodate all the safety features.

    1. Alff Avatar

      Your 1500hp commuter will likely be fueled by Soylent Green.

    2. Kiefmo Avatar

      1500hp 6000lb daily commuter? Sounds like you’ve got a Modern Safety Vehicle there.

  9. at1time Avatar

    Which would be greater per month, the car payment or insurance payment?

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