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Speed Demon: Controversial 840-horsepower ‘drag car’ heading to dealers

Fast is an understatement: Meet Dodge Challenger SRT Demon

Fiat Chrysler has “unleashed” its 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the automaker announced. In a news release from Friday, the company said the limited-production car – “the industry’s first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car
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Fiat Chrysler has “unleashed” its 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the automaker announced. In a news release from Friday, the company said the limited-production car – “the industry’s first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car

Fiat Chrysler has “unleashed” its 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, the automaker announced.

In a news release from Friday, the company said the limited-production 840-horsepower car – “the industry’s first and only purpose-built, street-legal production drag car” – is on its way to dealers.

The car goes 0-60 mph in 2.3 seconds and has a 6.20-liter Hemi V8 engine.

The Demon is the world’s fastest quarter-mile production car, as certified by the National Hot Rod Association, according to the Detroit Free Press. Tests found the car can travel a quarter mile in 9.65 seconds at 140 mph.

It has a top speed of 168, according to Popular Science.

“The people who bought a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon are performance enthusiasts to the core, and having a custom car with accessories that improve overall performance is critical,” said Tim Kuniskis, Fiat Chrysler North America’s head of Passenger Cars, Dodge//SRT, Chrysler and FIAT.

Only 3,300 will be produced and prices start at $84,995. Customers can also receive plenty of extra accessories.

While the mega-muscle car has been highly anticipated by fans, its production hasn’t been without controversy, the Free Press reports.

A top trade publication, Automotive News, wrote an editorial seeking to ban Demons from the street:

“The 840-hp Dodge Challenger SRT Demon from Fiat Chrysler is so inherently dangerous to the common safety of motorists that its registration as a road-worthy automobile should be banned,” it says.

“From its barely legal slick tires to its monstrous acceleration, the Challenger Demon introduced in New York this month is the result of a sequence of misguided corporate choices that places bragging rights ahead of public safety.”

Automotive News also reported that the Demon has been banned from regulated drag strips by the National Hot Rod Association. Why? Reportedly for being “too fast.”

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