Well Dodge finally did it. As if the Hellcat wasn’t crazy enough they revealed the Dodge SRT Demon. A Dodge Challenger with an 840hp supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi putting out 770 pounds-feet of torque. They are desperately trying to market this as a big time first, like it’s never been done ever. Well technically that’s not true. Ford makes the Cobra Jet Mustang and Chevrolet makes the COPO Camaro. Both are serious drag strip ready cars you can buy from the dealer and they will smoke the SRT Demon. The biggest difference here is that Ford and Chevy aren’t stupid enough to release those cars as street legal vehicles. Dodge is bragging how the NHRA banned the SRT Demon from competition but frankly I’m shocked that the NHRA has shown more concern than Dodge in the safety of drivers.
The Cobra Jet & COPO are strictly for track use only and that’s a wise decision. A car that does the quarter mile in 9 seconds (Dodge claims 9.65 sec with the Demon) is not something the average Joe has any idea how to drive. Generally 9 second cars are built by people that obsess over cars and are experienced behind the wheel. Frankly I find it really negligent that Dodge is willing to put these in the hands of anyone that can write the check. Also how will these ever get insured? There is a rumor that Hagerty Insurance has partnered with Dodge to offer insurance for customers because they expect other companies to decline coverage.
I drive a 2014 Shelby Cobra with 662hp and it is a handful on the street. Car mechanics that have driven it have said, “My god that thing is insane. How do you drive that?” It is nothing compared to the SRT Demon. Dodge is flashing the Demon around like a monkey with a gun.
Below is the Demon video but also videos of the Cobra Jet and Copo from last year. Which seems meaner to you?