Is the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon too dangerous for the road?

Article by Christian A., on April 26, 2017

A lot of news has been going around about the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon lately, and people are arguing whether the 840 horsepower vehicle by Fiat Chrysler should be banned for the safety of motorists.

It wasn’t so long ago when the Demon received its registration as a road-worthy automobile, and now, we are talking about banning it for good. The problem is, there are a lot more cars that are much faster and more powerful than the Demon, but are still street legal, so how is this fair for the car?

We all agree that it was wrong for Tesla to use consumers and roads to beta-test their fully autonomous driving technology. But same with Dodge, what they are doing is not right - by building a drag car and marketing it as a road-legal car.

Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, introduced earlier at the 2017 New York Auto Show, has a vicious acceleration, and slick tires made for drag racing. This goes to show that the company prioritizes consumers’ bragging rights over public safety, which is wrong. Because they know that speed always sells in the car industry. In fact, the car is too fast that the National Hot Rod Association (NHRD) even banned it from regulated drag strips, due to it not having a roll cage within.

For those of you who don’t know, the Challenger SRT Demon is capable of reaching quarter of a mile in just 9.65 seconds, and a crazy 0- 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers-per-hour) in 2.3 seconds. With a standard of 840 horsepower, powered by its supercharged V8 engine.

Hennessey claims that it can dial up its power to 1500 horsepower (that is double its current power), and to even things out, they will even install a parachute to slow it down when things go wrong.

It is funny how we are allowing this after developing road safety for years. What’s the point of that long-term plan if Dodge simply decides that they want to rebel and go against road-safety regulations?

Now, we’ll just have to wait and see if Dodge will alter the Challenger SRT Demon and make it legal for on-road use, now that they have received a letter from the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards. But the current model definitely does not fulfill road safety standards.

The 2018 Dodge Challenger Demon is only limited to 3,000 units in the United States, and each one will cost at around $100,000. And since it is a limited car, buyers will probably just keep them in their garage and sell them at a higher price later on.

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