A Dodge Challenger SRT Demon just passed the 200 mph mark in a video posted to YouTube.
Things aren’t official until there’s a governing body there to witness the feat, but the video is pretty convincing. Taken at Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds in sunny Florida, a Demon with two passengers goes from zero to 203 mph in what seems to be a blink of an eye.
How is such a feat possible? The Demon is purported to be the most powerful road-legal domestic car ever built. Powered by a 6.2-liter HEMI Demon V8 engine with a 2.7-liter supercharger, the car puts out 808 hp on premium 91 octane gasoline or 840 hp on normally unavailable 100 octane gas. 707 lb-ft of torque is barely restrained by the car’s launch control, which slams the driver back into their seat with 1.8 Gs of force.
That’s a lot, in case you were wondering.
The Demon is a drag-race monster capable of going from zero to sixty in 2.3 seconds (which you’ll see demonstrated in the video) and can run a quarter-mile in 9.6 seconds (which you’ll also see).
With a curb weight of 4280 lbs, the Demon has a power to weight of 435 hp per ton on the 100 octane gasoline, putting it up there with some of the fastest supercars known.
The tires are designed for drag racing and are considered barely legal. Radials are 315/40R18 18-inches that are built specifically to withstand the Demon's power. This makes the Demon the first production car to come with drag-race tires, as well as the first production car to be able to pop a wheelie from the starting line.
However, wheelie-ing off the line isn’t going to give you top-speed quickly, so the drivers in the video have a more stately launch. In fact, there’s very little drama on their journey to 200+ mph. The speedo quickly climbs after reaching the third gear of the Demon’s eight-speed automatic, and then steadily climbs to around 170. After that the engine finally seems to struggle a bit while reaching the redline, slowly inching up until finally striking 203 mph.
Most notably, there’s very little vibration and the driver hardly needs to do anything to keep the car steady. That’s an accomplishment in a car with that much power.
Watch and be amazed.