This week, Dodge announced that all 2018 Challenger SRT Demon buyers have to sign an form with safety and pricing information — and get it notarized — before the car can be ordered. Now, Allpar has acquired a copy of the “Demon Acknowledgement Document.”
Critics of the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon have claimed that it is unsafe for public roads, with its 840 horsepower, drag radials, and high-tech track aides. Possibly for that reason, there are several safety disclaimers in the Demon Acknowledgement Document.
You can read it on your own, below, but here is a quick summary.
Line items 1 and 2 basically state that the buyer understands that the 2018 Demon is a purpose built, high performance machine intended for drag racing; so, before driving, they need to read all the instructions. Some buyers may even do this.
Lines 3 and 4 point out that people cannot ride in the passenger spot or the rear when the seats aren’t in place; and that if they do not buy the passenger seat, they will not try to install a seat there later, because it can’t be properly (safely) attached.
Line 5 points out that owners shouldn’t use the track features on public roads[, presumably to prevent street racing; public roads, not being level or as clean as a track, could cause problems with this much power — ed.]
Lines 6, 7, 8 and 9 relate to the Demon’s uniquely-designed Nitto NT05R drag radial tires. Highway use will cause accelerated wear, they aren’t safe in the rain or in temperatures under 15° F, and they should always be inspected before driving to make sure that there is no unusual wear or damage. This should be common knowledge for anyone who has run a drag radial tire, but may be news to some Demon buyers.
Line 10 points out that B5 Blue, Indigo Blue, Plum Crazy, and F8 Green will be late arrivals, likely arriving early in the 2018 calendar year. Then there are two lines for running proper fuels (no leaded gasoline) and how to tighten the lug nuts.
Lines 13-14 are normal disclaimers, but line 15 is new and different. This is where the owner verifies that they paid MSRP or below — or not; which decides whether or not their Demon goes into the priority build list (priority goes to those paying MSRP or less).
This is how Dodge is working to combat big markups; based on the half dozen readers who have already provided proof of ordering a Demon, this plan is working. All of the confirmed Demon purchase orders that I have seen since the drag-ready Challenger officially went on sale this morning have been for list price, making them all priority build vehicles.