Behold, the World's 'Fastest Production Car'

Dodge's 2018 Challenger SRT Demon is 'a freak in the sheets'
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 12, 2017 7:39 AM CDT
Behold, the World's 'Fastest Production Car'
The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is unveiled during a media preview for the New York International Auto Show, on Tuesday.   (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

"A lady in the streets, but a freak in the sheets." That's how Dodge is describing its 2018 Challenger SRT Demon. While there are more than a few who'd grin at the double entendre, Dodge says that "sheets" in this case is actually in reference to race log sheets—and for good reason, per the Verge. Dodge says the Demon is the world's fastest production car, able to go from zero to 60 in 2.3 seconds, just beating Tesla's Model S P100D sedan, reports the AP. Motor Trend points out, however, that the Model S was tested on dry asphalt and the Demon on a coated drag strip. The Demon can also complete a quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds, making it one of the "10-second cars" so coveted in the Fast and the Furious franchise.

It's no surprise, then, that Dodge enlisted Vin Diesel to help reveal the street-legal car Tuesday, ahead of the New York Auto Show. The car is also expected to appear in Fate of the Furious out Friday, per the Detroit Free Press. It's "unlike anything we've ever done," says Tim Kuniskis of Fiat Chrysler, noting the Demon's 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque give it enough power to pop a wheelie. "This car is the epitome of power," adds race car driver Leah Pritchett, who worked on the car with Dodge. The car is expected to have a price tag well under $100,000 when it hits the market this fall, with 3,000 available in the US and another 300 in Canada, Kuniskis says. (More cars stories.)

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