Dodge unveils one-seat 840-horsepower muscle car

Dodge gets devilishly fast

The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is not a car for normal people. For starters, it comes standard with only one seat.

Because passenger seats, and passengers, weigh too much and would slow it down. Your friends aren’t worth that.

Then there’s the engine. The Demon’s 840-horsepower 6.2-liter supercharged V8 is the most powerful V8 engine ever put into a regular production car. That makes the Demon the most powerful factory-produced muscle car…ever.

That record had previously been held by the 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat which seems like a house cat compared to the Demon, a car just unveiled ahead of the New York International Auto Show.

The Demon has already recorded the fastest quarter mile run by a factory production car ever, as officially certified by the National Hot Rod Association. Starting from a dead stop, a Demon made the drag strip run in just 9.65 seconds.

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The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has the most powerful V8 ever offered in a production car.

It also has the fastest zero to 60 time for any production car, according to Dodge, at 2.3 seconds. And the fastest zero to 30 time at 1.3 seconds. All of this leads to it having the most rib-crushing acceleration G-force of any production car. Helping that are the huge buckets of air the engine can suck in through the largest functional hood scoop made for any production car.

Motor Tend magazine has said that the record quickest zero-to-60 run by a factory production car, in its testing, had been by the Tesla Model S P100D. In the hands of Motor Trend test drivers, the Tesla accelerated to 60 miles an hour in 2.28 seconds. (There are various methods for measuring zero to 60 acceleration that can yield different results.)

The Demon is also the first production car able to accelerate so hard it can lift its front wheels off the pavement, a feat that has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records. The front wheel can stay up in the air for almost three feet.

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