This one's for the inner nerd that lives within all true drag racers.
It must be Thursday, because we have another 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon teaser. This time around, the Dodge boys are focusing on some of the Demon’s data-logging capabilities and driver-adjustable settings. Here’s a little-known fact about drag racers – they love detailed, informative tidbits of information that can help in the all-consuming drive for faster quarter-mile runs. Dodge is doing its part to aid in that slightly more technical pursuit of speed through the Performance Pages feature of the Demon's UConnect system.
This isn’t a new feature – SRT vehicles have had this nugget for some time, allowing drivers to monitor and track a variety of data and adjust settings. For the forthcoming Challenger Demon, the system is tweaked to add some extras. Among them, real-time graphic displays of a wide range of temperatures, pressures, and ratios, not to mention real-time tracking and logging of horsepower and torque.
Want to monitor your current air-fuel ratio under acceleration? Not a problem. And if you’re wondering whether that eBay-sourced air filter really adds 20 horsepower, you can compare the numbers before and after installation. There’s even a setting to monitor the temperature of the coolant used for supercharger’s intercooler, as well as an “After-Run Chiller” that keeps the cooling fan and intercooler pump running after the car is shut off.
Other Demon-specific features include timers for launch reaction times, 0-60 and 0-100 speed runs, eighth-mile and quarter-mile times, and there's also a G-meter to measure both lateral and longitudinal acceleration. On the function side, the Performance Pages will let drivers adjust RPM for launch control and an individual-gear adjustable shift light. And because the Demon’s natural environment is a drag strip, there’s the requisite Line-Lock feature to properly warm up the hides.
These are in addition to a myriad of other settings in the Performance Pages that allow drivers to adjust power, suspension firmness, traction control, and more.
There’s still no official word on just how much power the SRT Challenger Demon will make, but nailing pause on the video at just the right moment shows the horsepower graph clearly north of 700 horsepower. Considering the time at the top of the screen always says 7:57, could that be the fabled figure? We also had 0757 as the serial number visible in one of Dodge's official photos, so there's strong evidence to support the theory. Of course, it could all be a red herring; the absolute-confirmed information likely won’t arrive officially until the end of Dodge’s 14-part video teaser campaign next month at the New York Auto Show.
2018 Dodge Challenger Demon
Dodge Resurrects the Demon: Teaser Video No. 9 – ‘Performance Pages’
- “Performance Pages,” the ninth video in the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon pre-reveal teaser campaign, launches today
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March 9, 2017 , Auburn Hills, Mich. - The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon arms the driver with real-time information, as demonstrated in the newest teaser video, “Performance Pages,” unlocked on March 9.
The SRT Performance Pages are a key part of the driver-oriented Uconnect system and its 8.4-inch touchscreen in the center of the instrument panel.
Unique capabilities of the Performance Pages for the Challenger SRT Demon include:
- Real-time graphic display of engine horsepower and torque with gear changes plotted
- The power levels can be data recorded to track performance gains from changes, such as use of the Direct Connection Performance Parts
- Real-time display of the supercharger intercooler coolant temperature
- The Challenger SRT Demon sports the first-ever factory production car After-Run Chiller, which keeps the cooling fan and intercooler pump running after engine shutdown until a targeted temperature is reached
- Driver-selectable line-lock, rpm-adjustable launch control and by-individual-gear-adjustable shift light in the instrument cluster
- Timers for reaction time; 0-60 mph, 0-100 mph, eighth-mile and quarter-mile elapsed time and vehicle speed
- Display of instantaneous and peak lateral and longitudinal g-forces
- Gauge read-outs for engine oil pressure and temperature, coolant temperature, transmission fluid temperature, intake air temperature, air-fuel ratio, intercooler coolant temperature, boost pressure and battery voltage
- Gauge read-outs can be displayed as real time graphs with data record functionality
With the new data recorder feature, Challenger SRT Demon drivers can build an archive of data to help optimize the car for track and weather conditions, as well as improving driving techniques.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s Performance Pages also allow drivers to select between three different Drive Modes: Auto (Street), Drag and Custom.
Auto (Street) Mode options:
- Multiple levels of engine performance
- Three levels of suspension “feel and response”
- Three levels of steering “feel and response”
Drag Mode options:
- Multiple levels of engine performance
- One level of transmission shifting “speed and firmness”
- One level of traction control
- One level of suspension “feel and response”
- One level of steering “feel and response”
Custom Mode options:
- Nearly every combination of options available in Auto (Street) or Drag can be configured in the Custom Drive Mode
- As an example, a Challenger SRT Demon driver could select the elements of Drag Mode related to engine and transmission performance, but could select Sport Mode for the suspension and steering, providing the on-road driving dynamics of a Challenger SRT Hellcat