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New Challenger Could Be Evil Genius

After the Hellcat helped spike sales two years ago, Dodge is looking to raise a little more hell with the 2018 Challenger Demon SRT.

Modified from its original sedanish look to compete with the Mustang and Camaro of the early-to-mid 70s, few vehicles share the legacy of the Dodge Challenger.

And although it’s gone through a number of design iterations, the 2015 unveiling of the Hellcat was one of many defining moments in the Challenger story.

The SRT Hellcat was introduced with, and still features a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI engine rated at 707 HP. This translates to a 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds and a top speed of 202 mph.

Adding all that muscle paid off for Dodge, as Challenger sales grew by more than 30 percent between 2014 and 2015.

And now it looks like Dodge is looking to raise a little more hell. Although it won’t be officially unveiled until April, we’re beginning to learn more about the 2018 Challenger Demon SRT.

As of this filming, very little has been confirmed, other than Dodge is pretty good at making hype videos – with a new one being posted at every week until the official launch at the New York Auto Show.

However, early indications are that the Demon with most likely house even more power under the hood than its Hellcat predecessor. This is based on early reports of a wider body, really wide tires and larger, carbon ceramic brakes. All-wheel drive and a hoodscoop that could be twice the size of the Hellcat’s would also seem to indicate that the Demon will exceed 707 hp.

The body, brake materials and chassis updates are especially key, as the reported use of lighterweight materials could bring the Demon in at 200 pounds less than proceeding models. I’m sure that’s as much for fuel efficiency as it is handling at speeds of more than 200 mph.

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