Now that the Dodge Challenger Demon is actually out there in the world, in the hands of real drivers, the streets just got a lot more powerful. But now comes the question, was Dodge really giving us the full truth when it comes to the 840-horsepower Dodge Demon? And is it really that much better of a value over the Dodge Challenger Hellcat? We don’t have to guess anymore.
Thankfully for us, we have dyno machines that aren’t owned by Dodge out there in the world, and plenty of owners of these cars wanting to see if they got what they paid for. One YouTuber happens to own a 2015 Dodge Challenger Hellcat and 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon, and he wanted to see what 707-horsepower and 840-horsepower rating from Dodge really meant in the real world.
Now, that’s not to say we expect either to touch those numbers. We are well aware the manufactures quote at the crank, it’s much sexier that way. What you’re really going to get on the road is about 10-20% less than what’s advertised. The Demon might even be worse off than the Challenger since it’s having to turn massive 315/40R18 rubbers.
Both of thee cars are totally stock, and being owned by the same person gives the video a little more credibility too. The only factor here that isn’t fair to use against the Hellcat is that it’s three years older, and has 42,000 miles on the clock, so it’s more than ready for some hard pulls, while the Demon is still within its dealer break-in period. Without getting into the ideological debates behind the 500-mile new car break-in, the Demon is actually locked out of using the line lock, transbrake, and launch control features until it’s through the break-in, although, that bears no weight on the dyno.
The results are pretty shocking, and we wondering if there’s something else Dodge has locked on the Demon since it dynoed pretty low. The Hellcat was within its range at 670-RWHP and 618 RWTQ, while the poor Demon only managed a 704 RWHP and 676 RWTQ pull. All things considered, a measly 34 more horsepower in a nearly track only car makes you really question the value, beyond novelty. Trust us, we love the Demon, we’ve loved it since Dodge first unleashed the teasers, but we’re going to need to see a broken-in one do much better on the dyno, otherwise, we’ll have to file it as one of the most overhyped cars of the century.