Dodge SRT Demon: $1 Bought You a Lot

Dodge’s Street and Racing Technology (SRT) division have had a lot of fun with its muscle cars. They stuffed big-displacement supercharged engines into the Challenger platform, one after another. However, the outfit’s halo car remains the Dodge SRT Demon. In addition to the sheer excessiveness of the SRT Demon, Dodge promised to sell you a couple of things like a mysterious crate for $1 at a time.  

How much is the Dodge SRT Demon crate?

In addition to the $86,390 that Dodge priced the SRT Demon at, the automaker offered a $1 extra. For that additional dollar, Dodge would sell you a box. I know, underwhelming, right? Wrong. 

The Dodge SRT Demon, pictured here at a show, had mysterious options, like a $1 crate.
A Dodge SRT Demon at a show | Unsplash

What is in the Dodge SRT Demon crate?

The ‘Demon Crate,’ as some folks call it, contained Snap-On tools like a floor jack, a torque wrench, an impact wrench, and a few other goodies. However, the tools aren’t the prize by themselves. Instead, you’ll use the tools to install a new high-octane calibrated powertrain control module, a new high-flow air filter, and skinny front wheels. 

Dodge put everything you need to transform your Demon from an air-conditioned muscle car to a wheel-standing drag car. In addition to all the parts and tools, the crate contains an updated center console with a switch allowing it to run on the high-octane fuel. Put everything into place, and the SRT Demon produces 840 horsepower. 

What else could you buy from Dodge with $1?

In addition to the Demon Crate, consumers had a $1 seating option. Specifically, SRT gave customers the choice of passenger seating and offered to put the seats back in for that extra dollar. However, there is a method behind the madness. 

Why would Dodge offer the SRT Demon with optional seating?

Dodge decided for optional seating because it understood that, as Colin Chapman said, “simplify, and add lightness.” Colin Chapman was the mind behind Lotus and knew a thing or two about racing. By removing the heavy, well-bolstered seats, the Demon saves around 113 lbs. 

In addition to the seat savings, engineers stripped out unnecessary components like sound-deadening, trunk trim, speakers, and several electrical features. Also, SRT engineers fabricated hollow anti-roll bars and outfitted the Demon with smaller brakes. According to Car and Driver, the result of the crash diet was about 232 lbs. 

The Dodge SRT Demon, pictured here in blue, has an optional $1 set of passenger seats
A Dodge SRT Demon | Robert Hradil, Getty Images

Even with the silliness of optional seating, the Dodge SRT Demon is street legal. It meets the necessary safety and lighting requirements to be driven on public roads. However, the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) banned the car from events because of its astonishing sub-10 second quarter-mile time and lack of roll cage. Drag race at your own risk.  

Can you still buy a Demon? 

Unfortunately, the Dodge SRT Demon went as quickly as it arrived. Dodge made 3,300 Demons, and every car was swiftly purchased. Still, the odd example will go to auction and sell for well over its original price. Even the $1 Demon Crate is worth serious money. 

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