Leading up to the reveal of the new 2018 Challenger SRT Demon we learned it will weigh more than 200 pounds less than a Hellcat. Now, we know exactly how.
Dodge officials tell us that the Demon weighs exactly 215 pounds less than a Hellcat, but how it got there is the stuff we love to endlessly recite before bedtime.
Here’s a detailed breakdown of how the Demon went on a diet in its evolution from its Hellcat sibling:
- 4 pounds, manual tilt/telescope steering wheel
- 2 pounds, removed parking sensors
- 16 pounds, 18x11-inch aluminum wheels with open lug nuts
- 18 pounds, removed 23 NVH components (it’s going to be loud)
- 19 pounds, smaller diameter, hollow sway bar (front went from 34 mm solid to 29 mm hollow, rear went from 22 mm solid to 19 mm hollow)
- 24 pounds, removed all speakers except front door speakers
- 16 pounds, new aluminum brakes: 2-piece, 4-piston Brembos (went from 390 mm diameter to 360 mm)
- 55 pounds, removed rear seats
- 58 pounds, removed front passenger seat
- 20 pounds, removed trunk lining and spare tire/wheel
As you can tell from the exhaustive list, the Demon has lost 232 pounds, but it gains back 17 pounds in the process of becoming a Demon thanks to all the extras on the powertrain to make sure it doesn't destruct itself.
Dodge is taking a less-is-more approach in a truly Porsche fashion. Unlike Porsche, however, this car will be built mostly for straight-line speed.
Be sure to read our full preview of the totally bonkers 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at this link.