Automotive News wrote an editorial stating that, “Dodge is wrong to offer a purpose-built drag racer as a road-legal automobile.” While we value all opinions this one left us scratching our heads as to how/why they would single out the Demon. Take the Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4 (insert basically any supercar of your choosing) and let’s look at the numbers and the argument that it’s wrong to be offered as a consumer car.
The Demon is the fastest quarter-mile production car, but for comparisons sake take its 0-60 time of 2.3 seconds. The Aventador by comparison is 2.8 seconds and while that half a second is significant on the track it’s irrelevant in the reaction time for a driver on a city street where Automotive News says the Demon is unsafe to exist. The Aventador has a top-speed of 217mph and the Demon is rumored to be in the 200mph range which puts them both well over the fastest legal limit anywhere in the US yet one is sold without the boo-hooing of Automotive News.
The Dodge Demon presents insane numbers if reaching them on public roads, but at the end of the day so do countless other cars if anywhere, but on a track. So why take on the Demon? Ultimately, like any car, it will rely on the common sense and ability of the driver. To then take on the Demon this way seems like an affront to, soon to be, Dodge Demon owners. Painting them as perhaps more irresponsible because the Demon isn’t a foreign supercar or not a quarter-million-dollar car. The whole stance by Automotive News seems more grounded in a Dodge customer bias than by numbers or simply a desire for clicks and if the latter is the case, you’re welcome. Scum.