Despite the relentless influx of mobility, electrification and other industry love affairs at the moment, it’s a pretty darn good time to be an auto enthusiast. Technology and analog power seem to be converging before our eyes with every new high-power vehicle released. The 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is one of those shining stars.
Yes, we understand this is GM Authority, but our sister publication, Fiat-Chrysler Authority, was one of many outlets invited to drive Dodge’s demonic muscle car. And it’s worth noting GM and Chevrolet haven’t produced something quite like the Demon. It begs the question: what makes an apex muscle car? The Demon might be pretty close.
While Chevrolet has chased a track-focused agenda for the sixth-generation Camaro, Dodge has embraced its old Daimler intellectual property and reinvented it once more. The 840 horsepower propelled the car forward with force and the entire setup and launch process added a feeling of immersion unknown to many a Camaro.
Of course, there will be many on the Camaro’s side of the fence. The Demon is big, old and it’s not a track machine; it fully embodies the muscle car’s glory days with a shot of straight line speed and an adrenaline chaser. It’s a very different beast from the Camaro.
We’ve touched on this before with ways to fix the sixth-generation Camaro, but as it stands, it’s hard to deny the fact Dodge built a very, very special car. And it built one in a world where mobility seems poised for a takeover.