The 2018 Dodge Demon is considered the fastest production car ever built. It was designed specifically for drag racing. It has amazing acceleration, going to 0 to 60 in just 2.3 seconds, the fastest in the world. But how does this Dodge compare to a supercar like a Bugatti Veyron or Chiron? Is the Dodge Demon Faster than a Bugatti (1)?
The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, or the Dodge Demon as it’s known by many, was launched in 2018 as a limited edition drag race performance level of the Challenger SRT Hellcat. The SRT engineers didn’t just take the Hellcat, make some adjustments, and slap a Demon sticker on it. With the Demon, they created a new breed of muscle car, one which you can take straight to the racetrack right after you leave work.
To make the fastest production car for drag racing, the SRT team added 97 new parts, while removing other components to make the car as light as possible. The first one is the engine, a 6.2L Hemi with a 2.7L supercharger able to produce 840 hp and 770 lb-ft when using 100 octane gas (or 808 hp and 717 lb-ft on regular gas). Apart from this, when you buy a new Demon you also get a coupon that allows you to buy the entire Demon race kit for $1. This contains everything you need to transform your vehicle into a true race car. It has, amongst other things, a pair on front wheels that are smaller and lighter, a controller that once fitted onto your center console allows you to run the car on 100 octane race fuel with just a push of a button.
To make it lighter, the car is sold with just the driver’s seat, although you can purchase the passenger one and the backseat for $1 each. Other weight-reducing measures include smaller breaks, a new steering rack, less NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) material, and no radio or spare tire, plus some other things that you won’t notice that are missing. All in all, this reduces the total weight of the Demon by 200 lb or 90,7 kg.
So, what does this do to the performance? With the entire Demon package installed (passenger seat and backseat removed), the Dodge can go from 0 to 60 in just 2.3 seconds (2.1 with rollout) and from 0 to 30 in one second flat, while the top speed is limited to 168 mph. The Demon can cover a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds, according to the official timing by the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), which also banned it from its member tracks. Why? Simply because it was too fast. Fun fact about the car, it can also pull a wheelie, although only for 2.92ft or 0.89m, for which the Guinness World Records gave it the title of ‘The longest wheelie from a standing start in a production car’. All in all, the Demon is a true beast, which, unfortunately, Dodge built only in a limited series of 3,300 units.
The Bugatti Chiron was first presented in 2015, as the successor to the famous Veyron. With the Chiron, Bugatti was able to solidify its reputation as the faster car in the world manufacturer. The manufacturer took everything good the Veyron had to offer and improved it. Both the engine and the gearbox have been upgraded, the aerodynamics have been improved although the weight has been increased.
The newest Bugatti still runs solely on fossil fuel and has and 8L quad-turbocharged W16 engine that can produce up to an impressive 1,479 hp and 1180 lb-ft. This is a massive increase of about 500 hp compared to the standard Veyron. The Chiron is capable of accelerating from 0 to 60 in just 2.4 seconds and has a top speed limited at 261 mph or 236 mph if you don’t have a specific key. Bugatti has decided to limit the top speed here because, at the moment, there aren’t any tires capable of handling the stress at the maximum speed the Chiron can achieve.
The interior of the Chiron has been designed to distract the driver as little as possible. It has an analog speedometer, which goes all the way up to 310 mph or 500 km/h, and TFT screens on either side that offer various information or entertainment features. Next, there’s a narrow center console with the gear stick and four air-con dials. The real jewels of the Chiron’s interior are the speakers, which have a one-carat diamond membrane.
The Chiron is also the holder of several records. It is the fastest car that can go from 0 to 400 km/h (249 mph) and back to 0 again, in just 41,96 seconds, in the span on just 2 miles. On August 2nd, 2019, the Bugatti was clocked at an impressive 304.77 mph (or 490.48 km/h) at Volkswagen’s test facility in Ehra-Lessien. To learn more about where Bugatti’s are made, click here.
Which is faster?
So, is a Dodge Demon faster than a Bugatti? The answer is both yes and no. It goes from 0 to 60 faster by 0.1 seconds and when it comes to quarter-mile drag races, the Demon is 0.05 faster than the Chiron. But make the race any longer and the Dodge will see nothing but taillights. The Chiron’s top speed is limited to 261 mph, while the Demon can only go as high as 140. Still, we are talking about an $80,000 car compared to a $2.4 million supercar. And the Veyron isn’t the only supercar that the Demon outperforms in a drag race. Compared to a McLaren P1, Porsche 918 Spyder, Ferrari 488 (LaFerrari), or Lamborghini Aventador Super Veloce, the Dodge is 0.1 seconds faster.
The Dodge Demon is, according to many, the pinnacle of American muscle cars. What Dodge was able to achieve was unthinkable only a few years ago: a muscle car that can put European supercars to shame (at least in some matters). If you can get your hands on one, don’t think, just do it, and then enjoy the 9.65 seconds of glory that it brings you.