2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: First Drive


You have to get the timing just right. Executing the perfect drag racing launch is a delicate dance; klutz up the steps, and you're in for embarrassment.

Buckled in to a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, I'm not gunning for a world record. I'm just trying not to humiliate myself on my first day at a drag strip. Demon launch procedure feels like it came from a NASA handbook, a series of instructions to be performed in exacting succession. I tap the touchscreen to engage Line Lock, mash the brake pedal, and hold the steering wheel button to lock the front wheels. Next, goose the accelerator, lighting up the rear tires in a ten-second burnout before releasing the button and easing into the staging lights.

The cockpit is sweltering. The air conditioner is running full blast, but it's chilling the Demon's intercooler, not my sweaty torso. Windows rolled up per track rules, acrid tire smoke still seeps in. Prepare for liftoff. Read more about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT...

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19 Mar 2018


By BOB SOROKANICH