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Will Dodge’s Hellcat-Taming Demon Be Street-Legal or a Track Terror?

 

Because the Hellcat just isn’t wicked enough. (Image/Dodge)

By now, you’ve probably heard: The Dodge Demon is coming back to possess our souls and melt our faces in the form of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

Because, apparently, the 707-horsepower Hellcat just wasn’t getting it done for some people.

While Fiat Chrysler has confirmed the Demon’s summoning, officials haven’t shared power numbers, nor specified whether the vehicle would be street-legal, or a drag-strip monster like the Mopar Dodge Challenger Drag Pak.

However, if you visit Dodge’s official Demon countdown page, you’ll find a series of reveal videos slated to be released incrementally, along with a .GIF of a smoking tire and the words “Built to decimate the streets,” which suggests there will likely be a street-legal version, but that traffic cops and road-repair crews won’t be too happy about it.

“Most cars attempt to be everything to everybody. Then there are the rare few that revel in a single objective, rendering them totally irresistible to a subculture…,” said Fiat Chrysler’s Tim Kuniskis. “The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is conceived, designed and engineered for a subculture of enthusiasts who know that a tenth is a car and a half second is your reputation.”

The Demon name first showed up in 1971 as a hardtop, two-door variant of the Plymouth Duster, before eventually becoming the Dodge Dart.

Dodge also introduced a roadster concept at auto shows in 2007 and 2008 it called Demon, but the car was never built.

Now, we’re about to come face to face with a vehicle designed to eat the Hellcat’s lunch. It’s a lot to process.

And what we ultimately want to know is whether the Mopar faithful, or just fans of stupid amounts of torque and horsepower, would rather conjure a Demon designed for the track or one designed for the street.

Which would you prefer?

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