Dodge sure does love teaser videos and images, and we’ve seen quite a few lately about the upcoming Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, set to launch at the New York International Auto Show in April. But despite Dodge being tight-lipped about the numbers everyone wants to know, the hints have been all over the place.
Back when the Hellcat was about to debut, we were given a screen shot that was telling us the horsepower of that supercharged Hemi – however, many didn’t know that was happening at the time. Now we’ve had a few images with numbers and it leaves everyone wondering what it all means. FCA has told us, “Everything means something” in a press release.
The earlier Crate video gave us a couple of numbers, one being 757 and the other being 1121. Some speculated it could be ‘black key/red key’ but that doesn’t seem likely, specifically because of two things: who would hand 757 horsepower over to a valet (the intent of the black key) and we’ve been told that 1121 is too much horsepower to get through emissions on this engine.
Then we saw the tire image on the “IfYouKnowYouKnow” website with the modified tire metric of 815, and it led us to believe it could possibly be a horsepower rating, seeing as how one of our sources has stated the power to be “around 850” for the upcoming beast from Dodge.
The latest “Performance Pages” video starts to give us a glimpse of the horsepower graph through the gears, but there’s that peculiar 7:57 number again, twice on one of the screens later in the video. Now, we’ve been told that the Demon will blow the Hellcat away, and we have a hard time believing that 757 is the crank horsepower that will do that, because, let’s face it: even our own time with both the Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger netted us a RWHP that would imply a bit more than 707 crank horsepower.
So what does 7:57 mean to us? Well, there is that 815 and the race gas button on the dash. To us, it would seem that 757 could be the base crank horsepower, and a push of a button using race gas could conceivably churn out another 60-70 horsepower. The 1121 still remains a mystery, some have said 11:1 compression, but that would be awfully high for a supercharged engine with about 17 pounds of boost, from what we’re guessing from the possibility of a 2.6L blower.
Despite some sources telling us all that nobody has a friend spilling the beans or that we can’t guess or speculate, Dodge is telling us something, and we think they’re sitting back with a Demonic grin – they know we know something, and they’re not saying anything yet, but when the Demon is finally revealed, we’ll see who was right. We’re sticking with our speculations that we’ve made so far, because it all does seem to make sense. Stay tuned!