The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon is NOT a Mopar® LC22R Drag Pak!

Inside the Demon with the Dodge Brand’s Jim Wilder  

In this first Demon Blog series, let’s make sure everyone understands that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is a fully street-legal, ready-to-drive street car. Don’t make the rookie mistake of confusing Demon with the 2009 and up Dodge Challenger LC22R Drag Pak.  


The Challenger Drag Pak is offered strictly through Mopar Performance outlets and is intended for sanctioned drag racing on a closed racetrack. In fact, some elements of the Challenger LC22R Drag Pak’s construction have to be completed by the retail buyer (the debut models in 2009 didn’t have exhaust or rear suspension systems).  

And to make sure the LC22R Drag Pak stays on the drag strip, Mopar sells them without a federally mandated Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) tag. Take one to your local registry of motor vehicles in search of license plates and the clerk’s computer will melt down from confusion. The Drag Pak is not a street car and was never meant to be. Its mission is to compete in NHRA Stock and Super Stock quarter-mile drag racing.  

In stark contrast, the Challenger SRT Demon is a street machine … that happens to be very, very good on the drag strip. The right way to see the Demon is to think of it as a Challenger SRT Hellcat that’s been significantly modified for drag racing, but hasn’t lost the Hellcat’s unique ability to purr quietly in dense rush hour traffic, zip through a slalom course with the best of them or make a cross-country Boston to Los Angeles run without thinking twice.  


And unlike the Dodge brand’s legendary ’65 and ’68 426 Race HEMI® Coronets and Darts, you won’t need to show your Dodge dealer an NHRA competition license to be considered for ownership. Although, after experiencing what the Dodge Demon has to offer, you may want to get a license. All Dodge seeks is 3,300 buyers (U.S. and Canada) with a desire to own the quickest, meanest, baddest muscle car in history.  

So with the fact established that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is ready for a place in your driveway – or dreams, as the case may be – watch for more of these Demon blogs wherein we’ll explore the Demon’s many innovative drag racing features and functions with exclusive insight from Dodge factory insider Jim Wilder.  

Wilder is one of the select group of engineers who helped bring modern legends like the Viper, Challenger Scat Pack, Challenger T/A and yes, the Hellcat, to life. He’s a hard-core horsepower junkie and has many great insider stories to share right here. Stay tuned as we explore the Demon!


  • David
    Posted July 24, 2017 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    The pictured white Challenger Drag Pak has a black cover/plug, probably made from thermoplastic, in place of its right exterior mirror. The plug and its tooling (a mold) had to be designed, documented (drawings, specifications), tested, approved and assigned part numbers. Despite the considerable engineering work invested, the total production run for these door mirror plugs will probably be only 1,000 or so pieces. It would be very helpful to have an analogous cover/plug generally available to address the hole left in the middle rear of the Challenger roof panel after removal of its antenna (either the ‘puck’ configuration or the ‘shark fin’ configuration). The large number of different puck antennas and shark fin antennas designed by Dodge over the last ten years indicates the existence of a highly knowledgeable antenna design team. I respectfully request Dodge consider having this team design, test and part number, for general purchase, such a roof plug. The roof plug shall require no electrical/electronic properties; it shall be watertight after installation; the exposed exterior portion shall have the minimal necessary surface area and volume; the plug shall have the durability required to successfully perform in its intended environment for several years and shall be repairable via a gasket/seal replacement. The best plug material(s) will have to be determined, but presumably will be plastic, metal (e.g., stainless steel or aluminum) or a combination of them. The plugs can be manufactured in color matte black only or, if metal, left bare for paint to be applied by the purchaser (e.g., painted to match the car’s exterior color). In my case, I’m interested in Challenger (Scat Pack) production year 2016 — Thanks.

  • Former Mayor Dan A Hayes
    Posted July 27, 2017 at 9:15 pm | Permalink

    There will never and has not been a Engine built since 1964. The Hemi has then and Now the most powerful factory built Engine bar none. And all other MFGs wish they could buy can’t touch our Engine. Long live the Chrysler Hemi. No matter what you put it in. No matter what configuration. Long live the KING. HEMI POWER by Chrysler.

  • Posted July 30, 2017 at 6:25 pm | Permalink

    Fierce and furious, that’s what I call my soon-to-be Dodge Demon. It will be home soon, probably a few months from now. But, what’s crazy about this is that I got it as a gift from my own boss. I was so overwhelmed, and as I share this amazing news with you, you will be a lucky witness of some insane driving as well. You don’t want to miss a fiery, fierce, and furious speed of a Dodge Demon, especially when I let it into the very hands of equally demonic pro drivers. You are going watch it in its true demonic form too if you subscribe to this.

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  • Bryce Carithers
    Posted April 24, 2018 at 2:32 pm | Permalink

    Why is the demon limited to just 168 mph

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