The Dodge Demon was unveiled last week after 13 weeks of teasers. Yes, 13 weeks. And yet, I still was impressed. The animations were cheesy, but the end result was astounding. 840 horsepower, 770 pound-feet of torque, and a 2.3 second 0-60 time. Oh and did I mention that it runs 9s in the quarter (9.65 seconds) at 140 mph? If you think that isn’t impressive, if you think that it should have been faster, shut up. You’re too jaded and you’re focusing on aspects of cars that the Demon doesn’t have (handling, MPG, off track performance). That’s not what the Demon is, so who cares?
But the true crux of that slight rant is that those who aren’t impressed are absolutely within their rights to be not impressed. Personally, I am. But because we live in an age where EVs are throwing down torque at zero rpm to the tune of sub 3 second 0-60 times, it’s something that needs to be considered in a comparison. For example, earlier this year the Farady Future FF91 hit 0-60 in 2.39 seconds. That is a glorified crossover.
More to that point, the Tesla Model S with it’s new p100D ludicrous mode hit 2.28 in the 0-60 during a Motor Trend review.
And the Tesla also nearly hit under 10 seconds in the quarter as well. Those are also very impressive numbers. Those are insane numbers. A family sedan is the quickest production car made right now. What the actual fuck? That’s what you get with instant torque. It’s great, but saying it’s the pinnacle is plain foolish. Being impressed by this AND other cars is what’s needed.
The EV faithful will say that the Demon is pointless. Those that are jaded by numbers and the mind blowing performance of so many other cars will say the Demon is not a big deal. And again, you’re entitled to that opinion. However, to just dismiss the Demon as something that can be dispatched by a Tesla is just silly. Yea, a Tesla is quicker, but honestly who gives a shit? I’m no Demon or Dodge fan boy, even though I very much sound like one at this point, but we need to just enjoy the Demon for what it is: a crazy quick car with one sole purpose. Speed.
I can get down with that.