Man, they really make you suffer for it.
In this instance, “they” refers to the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles team that inserted a line from Metallica in the ongoing peep show that is the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s teaser campaign. Sigh…
Besides a quote from the most cheesily overused song in the automotive playlist, there’s a technical tidbit to be found in the latest release that sheds a whole lot of light on how the Demon will top its Hellcat sibling in terms of power output.
This antisocial, one-seater Challenger variant sucks a whole lot of air.
No one wants to be the smallest in the room, and with the Demon, Dodge should have no worries about its status in the domestic performance landscape. Well, the factory landscape, anyway. We’ve been promised more power than a HellcatÂ â€” 757 hp, if a less-than-subtle clue pans outÂ â€” but FCA wasn’t willing to divulge details until now.
To help the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 breathe better, FCA has outfitted the Demon with what it claims is “theÂ largest functional ‘Air Grabber’ cold air intake hood ever installed on a production vehicle.” That’s 45 square inches of nostril. The model also gains a larger airbox, low-restriction air filter and the Hellcat’s Air Grabber headlamps to help stuff as much outside atmosphere into the engine as possible.
FCA claims the Demon’s inlet air temperature is 30 degrees lower than that of a Hellcat. As cooler, denser air equals moar power, each Demon detonation will translate into improved grunt. It’s not known what other power-generating tricks FCA might have up its sleeve.
Mercifully, all will be revealed at the New York International Auto Show in April, There, we’ll learn just how many of these stripped-down road and track machines FCA plans to build.[Images: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles]