Meet the Hellhawk, a 707-horsepower animal of a Grand Cherokee. Not to be confused with the recently unveiled Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. The Hellhawk recently hit the track at Maple Grove Raceway in Pennsylvania to take a swing at the quarter mile. The SRT8 is quick on its own, but throw in a Hellcat engine and it’s a whole different story.
This video shows the Hellhawk tearing up the quarter mile in 10.8 seconds at 128 mph, to be exact. See for yourself:
As you probably know, Dodge is starting production this summer on the Challenger SRT Demon. Turns out, the much-hyped 840-hp beast will have a slew of limitations. That is, if you choose to get the ride in its standard configuration.
Before anyone can pull out of the lot in a new Demon, they must sign a disclosure form acknowledging some of the vehicle’s limitations. Turns out, you won’t be able to drive the Demon anywhere practical in its standard set up. The form, originally obtained by FCA enthusiast site Allpar, requires 15 signatures on 15 different conditions. Note worthy restrictions include passengers are not to initiate “track-use” features on public roads and passengers should not ride in the passenger or rear seat if they have been removed. Two very reasonable conditions.
Some limitations that owners might feel a little more slighted by include details regarding the Demon’s tires. The Demon’s Nitto NT05R drag radial tires, although street-legal, are not intended for highway use. The form also notes that customers shouldn’t drive the Demon in wet weather conditions, as the car could hydroplane. Additionally, drivers shouldn’t drive at temperatures lower than 15 degrees Fahrenheit because the drag tires can lose flexibility and crack. Fortunately theres a solution to these two limitations … ditch the drag radials and set the ride up with a more practical set of tires. We don’t think this should have any sort of huge effect on the Demons sales. I mean, come on… it’s the Demon after all.
Dodge began accepting its first orders last week for the limited production run of the Challenger SRT Demon. Up for sale on Craigslist, is one guy’s reservation to buy a 2018 Demon at MSRP from his South Carolina Dodge dealer. The seller claims he’s “in the process of buying a house and we have a baby on the way so it’s just not going to work (buying the Demon, that is)”.
Here’s how he plans to make this work: “You are paying me for the right to walk into the dealership with me and have full rights to the vehicle that I was promised. You will then be able order your own customized Demon to whatever specifications you desire and the only thing that you will pay is the MSRP and your sales tax.”
How does the sellers Dealer feel about this? He says, “I checked with my dealer and he’s fine with someone taking my place as they’re from the United States.” The asking price on the listing is $30k, so we wouldn’t be surprised if there were some negotiations. What we’re curious about is if Dodge would consider this a dealership markup, in an indirect way. Interested? Check out the listing here.
What do you get when you pin a 550 horsepower Mustang against a Lamborghini Murcielago good for 650 horses? An all out battle. It all unfolds in the “Russian Village” Niigata, Japan and the rest is up to the machines. Check out the video below to see #BATTLEDRIFT:
By this point, you are probably aware that the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT will be significantly lighter in weight than the Hellcat Challenger (200 pounds lighter, in fact). What we’ve just learned is exactly where that weight is coming from. The Dodge team did it by dropping most of the seats, along with a few other tricks up their sleeve.
The Demon sheds 113 pounds by making the front passenger seat, its seat belt, and back seat optional. The front seat and seat belt cut 58 pounds, and the back seat sheds a solid 55. In full, the two account for a large chunk of the weight loss in comparison to the Hellcat.
The wheels also play into the Challenger SRT Demon’s diet. It’s unique 18-by-11 inch wheels are 16 pounds lighter than the Hellcat’s. In addition, a manual/telescopic steering wheel loses four pounds, and an 18-pound loss is thanks to removing 23 noise, vibration, and harshness parts (not to worry, the Demon will still be plenty loud). The SRT Demon sheds another 20 pounds thanks to removing the trunk trim and spare tire. Check it out: