The right set of tires can be a huge factor when it comes to performance, it can make a difference between victory and loss, whether it be on the drag strip or at the road course. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is lucky enough to have some really wide drag radials from the factory, which is vital to handle 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque when the tank is filled with race gas. Now, there has been some issue in terms of the production process of the Demon.
It’s really not a good move for a company to put together a specialty car and a family sedan in the same assembly line. Well apparently, the Demon, like any other Dodge Challenger, is built at the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario. And according to the latest reports, the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon’s drag tires don’t fit the production line.
One thing is for sure, the 315/40-series tires are not overly massive. In fact, the Viper ACR’s steamroller rubber is much larger as pointed out by a lot of people on Reddit. The difference is that the Viper is not assembled on a line together with a large number of Challenger SXTs with 235/55-18 inch tires. Apparently, the Demon’s tires are built at the plant that builds Chargers and Chrysler 300s. The problem here is that the Demon’s 315 millimeter tire is too wide to fit on the line at the plant.
Without those proper tires, it is unlikely for the Demon to reach a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds. So what is FCA’s solution to this huge problem they have?
At the production line, the Dodge Challenger Demon rides on temporary blue-painted versions of the 20-inch forged SRT split 7-spoke wheels wrapped with more modest rubber. Those wheels stay on the car until they arrive at an upfit center in Redford Township, Michigan, where the production Demon five-spoke wheels and drag radials are installed. This would be the final stop for the said model before they head out to dealerships and customers.
However, some Reddit users brought up a potential issue with the solution FCA has planned. That is, drag radials don’t react well to cold temperatures, and the tires can crack as the rubber compound is so soft. Therefore, it may compromise performance and the safety of customers.
The Demon is scheduled to launch this fall, so that may be an issue for the late fall / early winter models. And take note, only 3,300 Demons will be built in total - 3,000 of which will go to US customers while the rest will be delivered to the Canadian market.