The 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is an 840-horsepower purpose-built drag racing car that somebody snuck license plates on. But there’s a lot more to this machine than an enormous engine, and the whole package creates one of the most exciting and terrifying ten-second rides you can take.
The last time I made involuntarily howler monkey noises like this was on a rollercoaster at Six Flags, and I think I was about 10. The Demon is silly-fast. Scary fast. Fresh-pants-please fast. I think that much is evident by my reaction to my first quarter-mile run in the car.
For a little more context, I ripped this pass using the Demon’s TransBrake launch feature and basically a full boot of throttle with the car in drag mode and the transmission in full-automatic.
Check out our first-drive writeup of the whole experience to get a deeper understanding of how the Demon works and what makes it so freakish. But if you had any doubts left about this car being the real deal, go ahead and listen to me scream like a banshee in a bear trap again.