2020 Dodge Challenger Demon Specs Review – The name Hellcat evokes images of tire smoke and drag racing, and this ultra-powerful version of the Dodge Challenger Muscle Car lives up to those expectations. The standard Supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine — available with either 717 horsepower or a bonkers 797 horsepower in Redeye models — is Hellcat’s whole reason for existence. Both automatic and manual transmission models are offered. Go to Stick-Shift for more driver involvement and the automatic if you want the fastest Hellcat possible. Straight-line speed is Hellcat strength; Because it’s bigger and heavier than the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, it doesn’t handle corners as well and won’t go around a race track as quickly. But if you are looking for Max power and stack, look no further.
2020 Dodge Challenger Demon Engine, transmission and performance
The mad scientists at Dodge’s SRT lab pulled a Samuel L. Jackson and went all Old Testament with the almighty Hellcat engine. The default setup does “only” 717 horsepower, and that version in Redeye pumps out 797 horses. Paired with the optional eight-speed automatic and widebody package, our test car roared to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds and completed the quarter-mile in 11.8 seconds at 125 mph. We have run several Hellcats and – as expected – never had trouble tapping the endless power supply. But launching the unruly beast straight and true is an exercise in extreme car control. Each model had a sneaky Growl on startup that builds to a hell of a hell under heavy throttle. Hellcat’s distinct Supercharger cluster will send chills down your back, from either fear or excitement — and probably both.
These high-performance challengers may lack an incredible track attack, but they are fast as hell in a straight line and do well enough to walk down winding roads – provided your heavy right foot knows when to charge. Although the widebody package adds wider wheels and tires for more Grip, it has not convinced us that it is ready to corner with the Shelby GT350 or Camaro ZL1. Widebody Dodge is composed on the border, but its electrically-assisted power management (the regular Hellcat has a hydraulic system) is still slow to respond and does not provide the ethereal feedback of its track-focused rivals. Instead, switching between the three control settings feels more like choosing between varying numbness levels. Still, the Hellcats do amazing speed between corners, so their powerful Brembo brakes will get a great workout.
2020 Dodge Challenger Demon Interior, comfort and cargo
The Challenger interior was redesigned for the 2015 model year with a driver-centered layout, straightforward Switchgear and better materials. The SRT twins feature standard leather finery, unique badging and gauge colors, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. Despite its spacious cabin, plastic still looks cheap, and visibility behind is poor.
Although it has the same trunk volume as the BMW M4, Dodge held two more carry-ons in its trunk (six) and an impressive 15 with the rear seat stowed-three more than the GT350. None of the cars we tested were particularly good at storing small things, but at least the challenger has a Store Center console location, and there’s a useful slot for holding a smartphone.
2020 Dodge Challenger Demon Infotainment and connectivity
Both models boast a UConnect infotainment system that is simple to use and packed with features. These include navigation, a bumpin ‘stereo, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The standard 8.4-inch touchscreen is usefully large and contains icons that are easily selectable with a finger. There are volume and tuning buttons for quick audio system adjustments. While navigation responds quickly to inputs with a large screen keyboard, the short graphics look dated and cartoonish.
2020 Dodge Challenger Demon Safety and auxiliary functions for drivers
While neither Hellcat has been completely crash-tested and it under performed in the test it did complete, the Big-bodied Coupe is available with a wealth of driver-assistance technologies. Both models have standard rear parking sensors, but most other safety equipment costs extra and not all that is available on Redeye.
2020 Dodge Challenger Demon Pricing and which one to buy
The widebody version both handles better and looks cooler, so this is the one we would choose. But despite the fact that Hellcat is all about excess, we would not pick the Redeye version that brings extra horsepower to the party. In our tests, Redeye was no faster than the standard Hellcat because the tires couldn’t put the extra GRUNT to the ground.
SRT Hellcat $ 63,000 (EST.)
SRT Hellcat widebody $ 69,000 (EST.)
SRT Hellcat Redeye $ 74,000 (EST.)
SRT Hellcat Redeye widebody $ 80,000 (EST.)
The Dodge Challenger SRT demon has gone like a bat out of hell, according to a top FCA executive.
“The demon is not coming back,” Tim Kuniskis, FCA’s head of passenger cars for North America, told Muscle Cars & Trucks. “You know what would happen if the 3,300 people who paid a lot of money for a serialized car do you know what they would do to me if we brought it back?”
Dodge made just 3,300 units of Challenger SRT demon. But the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is at least an easily accessible compromise. Its 797-horsepower (594-kilowatt) was only within reach of the Demon’s standard 808 hp (603 kW). But the model of hell would run away with its full 840 hp (626 kW) unlocked.
Kuniskis also said a Dodge Charger SRT demon would not happen, according to Muscle Cars & trucks. This makes us wonder what the FCA might have in mind for the future of the demon engine. One possibility comes from an insider talking to Motor1.com who claims that of 40 development mules for Hellcat-powered RAM Rebel TRX one of them packs demon powerplant. That could imply that the company is at least toying with the idea.
While the future of the Demon is a mystery at the moment, Dodge is hardly abandoned in the performance vehicle market. The company’s latest entry is 2020 charger SRT Hellcat widebody. While the engine still makes 707 hp (527 kW) and 650 lb-ft (881 nm), the vehicle benefits from wider tires and improved suspension. The company claims it is the fastest mass-produced sedan in the world due to the top speed of 196 mph (315 KPH). The wide screens are also available on the Scat Pack model.