Trying to make a halo car out of a sports car and then build it alongside a conventional, family friendly sedan on the same production lien is bound to spell trouble.
And this is exactly what happened with the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which shares the manufacturing location – the Fiat Chrysler Automobiles assembly plant in Brampton, Ontario – with run of the mill Chargers and the Chrysler 300. Production quirks will make the day for fans, but of course bring numerous headaches to the people involved. One such issue has to do with the Demon’s huge 315/40-series drag radial tires – which actually don’t fit the production line. According to a report, an FCA spokesperson explained the Demon’s 315-millimeter tire width is above what the line can fit at the factory, but there’s a very simple solution to address the problem fast.
Instead of its original equipment drag radials, the Demon gets a set of blue SRT wheels and shuns them after the car is completed and delivered to an upfit center in the Detroit suburb of Redford Township. The wheels are changed there and the modest ones resent back to the plant to arrive with even more Demons. This also helps the automaker evade the customer and dealership desire to keep the blue SRT wheels – we all know these “pre-delivery spec” units can become the ultimate collector’s item – and also seriously enhance the resale value of any example. And with just 3,300 units for the 2018 model year, and only one production year, the Demon is certainly on the list of collectibles.