The easiest way to make your car go faster is to remove weight. Spare tire, gone, interior, gone, extra parts, gone. Not often though does a brand new car off the lot come with all of those items removed. In fact, not since the 60’s has a car been sold for the street with so little in it.
Apparently, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon has dropped over 100 pounds from the car by deleting the rear bench and the front passenger seat. A Dodge spokesman confirmed the details to multiple news outlets. Removing the rear seats to make a street legal car faster is a standard industry practice. Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, Porsche 911 GT3 R, BMW M4 GT, the list goes on. The passenger seat “is” present in every one of these cars. People do like to transport other people on occasion. I could see this as a great feature for those anti-social people who just don’t want to take you for a ride.
Dodge is making the new Demon as close to a race car as possible. They stripped out the spare tire, trunk liner, a bunch of sound insulation, all but two of the speakers, the electronic parking sensors, and the power-adjustable steering column. Which is rather awesome. A few less electronic harnesses wouldn’t hurt my feelings either. If only FCA would do this to a Wrangler.
A few lighter parts are also part of the package, a set of open-lug aluminum wheels, aluminum brakes and a hollow sway bar add up to a 215-pound loss compared to the Challenger SRT Hellcat.
Is it street legal? Dodge hasn’t said for sure that the Demon will be street legal, there is a Race Gas on the dashboard. Street legal drag radials aside, we will have to wait and see.
Dodge posts a new video every Thursday so we will get more info as the weeks go along, ending with the Demon’s unveiling at the New York International Auto Show in April.