Dodge Demon may be the best of the NYIAS
The just concluded 2017 International Auto show brought great memories and showcased the future of the automotive industry but the Dodge Demon created a coveted reminiscence for most muscle-car lovers.
At the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Ford brought a new hybrid police car, Cadillac came in its new race car—unbeaten in 2017—and a new semi-autonomous system that uses head-tracking to know if the driver is paying attention.
Range Rover added a fourth SUV to its line-up, and Genesis showcased a rather attractive fuel cell concept, Honda hits with Civic Type R however, Dodge Demon seems to have made its mark on the 21st century muscle-car market with the 707hp (527kW) Hellcat.
You’d think the Hellcat would be sufficiently terrifying, but the Demon’s specs blow it out of the water. The 6.2L supercharged Hemi V8 has 840hp (626kW) and 770lb-ft (1045Nm) at its beck and call.
Optimized for the drag strip, the Demon can hit 60mph from a standstill in 2.3 seconds and reaches the quarter-mile in 9.65 seconds.
Dodge even chucked out the front and rear passenger seats to save more weight, although one could add them back as a $1 option.
Mercedes-AMG was also feeling the need to display some powerful V8 metal. It’s shoehorned its 4.0L twin-turbo V8 into the GLC SUV and coupe.
The peak of these would be the GLC63 S Coupe, with 505hp (376kW), a new nine-speed automatic transmission, and torque-vectoring all-wheel drive. Knowing AMG’s reputation, we bet nothing else on the school run would sound like it.
There was yet another GT-R from Nissan, and a hybrid Panamera Turbo from Porsche. If those don’t push performance button, how about Bugatti’s new Chiron?
The new Bugatti has have stupendous performance, its top speed still unknown but electronically limited to 261mph (400km/h).
For those who consider the idea of a massive 16-cylinder, 8.0L, 1,479hp (1,103kW) engine socially unacceptable in 2017, take a look at the Rimac Concept_One.