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When "Street Legal" is Optional

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The Dodge Challenger may be closing in on its 10th birthday, but that hasn’t stopped the automaker from continuing to improve and shock with its 4,000-pound GT. New this year is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which was designed with one goal in mind—to dominate at the drag strip.

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Based on the Hellcat, the Demon takes the 707-hp, 6.2-liter supercharged engine and primes horsepower up to 840. Torque tops 770 lb-ft. The Demon is NHAR-certified to run the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. It’s so fast it has been banned by the racing agency.

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But the Demon is more than just a bunch of horsepower packed under the hood. Dodge has packed its new Challenger with a host of innovative technologies better suited for a race car instead of a street car.

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There are two dual-stage fuel pumps, a larger hood scoop, strengthened connecting rods and pistons and an improved lubrication system. There is an optional ECU capable of allowing the Demon to run on 100 octane race gas. The transmission has a transbrake as standard along with a launch-assist function that mitigates the suspension and throttle, so all the power makes it to the pavement even when the front tires decide to grab some air, which the Demon is quite capable of doing on the regular.

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The Demon is about 200 pounds lighter than the Hellcat. This is done by not only removing the rear seats but also the passenger seat. Even more weight is cut by removing all speakers but the door chime, truck deck cover trim, carpeting and spare tire. The Demon uses hollow sway bars to save 19 pounds while the removal of body deadeners and insulators save another 18 pounds.

This thing is special.

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The Demon will come in 14 different colors. An additional option is the Demon crate, which includes a performance air filter, front-runner drag wheels, Demon-branded tools and the performance ECU. All for the price of $1 each. Yup. $1.

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In terms of competitors, there aren’t any. Dodge built this for a very specific purpose. Yes, there are factory racers available, but none of them is street legal like the new Demon. Or cost as cheap. The Dodge Challenger goes on sale later this summer starting at $84,995. Only 3,000 will be produced for the U.S.

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