Demons Headed to Dealerships Today

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FCA has begun shipping the first units of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon to dealerships around the country.

Earlier today, the Dodge YouTube channel posted a video about the 2018 Challenger SRT Demon titled “Ready or Not”. In that video, we see the 840hp going through its upfitting processes and pulling into an enclosed trailer. When the video dropped earlier today, it may have been unclear to some what it meant, but with the 1pm announcement it is clear to all – the Demon is ready to hit the streets.

Demon Shipping Begins

Those folks who laid down $85k for a 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon have been patiently waiting since production began in early-September for their new Mopar muscle car. Today, that wait is nearly over for some, as November 10th officially marks the start of Demon deliveries to dealerships around the United States.

Demon in the Dark

After leaving the assembly line, the first examples of the 2018 Challenger Demon were shipped to upfitters in Detroit for things like the badges, the drag radial tires and other trim pieces. From there, each car is shipped back to the factory in Canada, where they go through what has been described by insiders as the most rigorous quality control system of any Dodge vehicle ever. This combination of the upfitting process and the quality control system has led to a longer-than-usual wait time since the start of production, but with the first units shipping, there should be a steady flow of Demons to dealerships around the US and Canada over the next few weeks.

This means that if you ordered a 2018 Demon early on and you didn’t pick one of the “late availability colors”, your new Dodge drag racing monster may be on its way to your local dealership right now – or over the course of the next week or so.

Ready or Not

To announce the beginning of Demon deliveries, Dodge put together a cool video showing the 840 horsepower Challenger going through the upfitting process in Detroit. The cars get their wheels and tires, their fender badges, their black-painted body panels and the Air Grabber decal under the hood – all of which is featured in the video at the top of this piece.

Even if you didn’t order a new Demon, this video and news should get any Mopar-lovers blood pumping, as the quickest American production car of all time is about to hit the streets.

Longtime auto journalist Patrick Rall contributes to Ford Truck Enthusiasts, Rennlist, Club Lexus, F-150 Online, and YotaTech.

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