Photo of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Photo: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles

This Year’s
Winning Autos

Looking at the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it’s easy to dismiss it as a knuckle-dragger, a relic of Detroit’s street-racing ’60s. But in my palpitating hands at the drag strip at the Lucas Oil Raceway (formerly Indianapolis Raceway Park), the Demon shows what deft application of modern technology can do: namely, enable a US $83,295 muscle car to accelerate faster than a $900,000 Porsche 918 Spyder or a $2.7 million Bugatti Chiron. Yes, the Demon was born for drag racing, where it’s the fastest-accelerating production car in history, as certified by the National Hot Rod Association, with a 9.65-second quarter mile (0.4 kilometer). It will reach 30 mph in 1 second flat and smoke 60 mph (97 km/h) in 2.3 seconds, faster than any other car on this year’s list.

Every component is optimized for speed, from its barely street-legal Nitto tires to its 6.2-liter Hemi V-8. The 2,700-cc supercharger inhales atmosphere at 1,150 cubic feet (32.5 cubic meters) per minute. Fun fact: The engine’s thermal energy could, in theory, take a gallon of water from room temperature to boiling in 1 to 3 seconds, depending on your assumptions. Tea, anyone?

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