VR Test Drive—2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon

March 16th, 2018 by

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon at Chicago Auto Show

At the 2018 Chicago Auto Show, the new Dodge Challenger was displayed proudly throughout the FCA booth, with models like the T/A showcased in all its glory. The star of the show, though, was definitely the Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon. With a fiery red finish, imposing stance, and the sinister Demon emblem staring at you from all sides, this muscle car was certainly a looker.

We were able to take the Demon for a test drive—well, a virtual reality test drive—and really get a feel for this a performance vehicle. Check out our experience in the Demon below to learn more about this beast and what it’s capable of.

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The Test Drive

The FCA booth offered attendees the chance to take the Demon for a virtual reality spin, and the experience was just as thrilling as it sounds. The test drive allowed attendees to sit in the actual vehicle, which was hooked up to a system that relayed all of the car’s motion to its VR counterpart in a video game simulation that allowed the real-life car to stay stationary. There was a catch, though: you had to race another Dodge Demon in a drag race, which demonstrated the Demon’s power, speed, and handling.

Once the light turned green, it was time to put the pedal to the metal and launch the Demon across the track. As we took off, the front end of the car was propelled upward to simulate a wheelie, which made the experience thrilling and a little terrifying (as you could not see the track). But the need for speed outweighed the brief moment of panic, and our VR counterparts shot off down the drag strip.

Additionally, the models we were racing were equipped with paddle shifters, which added to the overall atmosphere. As those who weren’t used to paddle shifters, the appeal was clear after a round or two of racing. Shifting was seamless, easy, and allowed us to keep an eye on our RPMs to change gears at the right moment.

What was most surprising about the Demon, besides its performance-based qualities, was the interior. The driver’s seat was comfortable, contoured, and decked out in leather. The flat-bottomed steering wheel was wrapped in plush suede and kept all of the controls within close reach. While the Demon is quite the stocky ride, once you step into the captain’s chair, it feels completely natural to drive.

All in all, the VR test drive sold the Dodge Challenger Demon, and provided an excellent demonstration of its track-ready prowess.

VR Test Drive of 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon at Chicago Auto Show
2018 Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon badge

More About the Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon

While the Dodge Challenger SRT® Demon VR test drive provided great insight into how this muscle car drives and handles, it was tame in comparison to its projected capabilities like:

  • 0-60 in 2.3 seconds
    • Fastest acceleration of any production vehicle
    • Set the record for the fastest ¼ mile by a production vehicle
    • First production vehicle to achieve a front wheel lift at launch (which was demonstrated in the VR test drive)
  • A cooling system that allows for optimal performance each and every time, thanks to the SRT Power Chiller, the After-Run Cooler, and an available 840 hp V8 engine
  • Highest hp of any production vehicle
  • Brembo brakes
  • The Torque Reserve Launch System, which manages power output to control fuel flow and change spark timing

Put the Pedal to the Metal in Your Own Dodge Challenger at Key Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT!

While we currently do not carry the Demon in stock, you can still take home a piece of Dodge’s racing legacy in one of the many Challenger models we have at the ready. Visit our Xenia dealership today to learn more, set up a test drive, and put pedal to the metal!