The fat Dodge Demon brakes harder than a Viper ACR

Haters love to bash the Hellcats, and already the Demon, for only going fast in a straight line. They pounce on the fact that these Mopar muscle cars weigh over two tons.

While that’s true, weight is only one piece of the equation.

Despite being somewhat “fat,” the Demon is good at more than just blasting down a dragstrip into the sunset. In fact, it can brake harder than a Dodge Viper ACR.

You read that correctly. The Viper ACR, which set 13 lap records and in so-doing destroyed the million-dollar Porsche 918 Spyder and McLaren P1 lap times, can’t stop as well as the new Demon.

First, fun with numbers. The Viper ACR weighs 3,374 pounds, and the Demon weighs 4,280 pounds. For those at home busting out the calculators right now, the Demon weighs 906 pounds more than the Viper ACR.

That’s not insignificant.

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2017 New York auto show

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2017 New York auto show

The Viper ACR sports Brembo 15.4-inch carbon ceramic brake rotors with 6-piston calipers up front and 14.2-inch rotors with 4-piston calipers in the rear. The Demon? Steel, 2-piece vented and slotted 14.2-inch rotors with Brembo 4-piston calipers up front and 13.8-inch vented and slotted rotors with 4-piston Brembo calipers in the rear.

Yes, the steel rotors on the heavier Demon are more than an inch smaller up front and nearly half an inch smaller in the rear compared to the Viper ACR’s carbon ceramic rotors.

READ: How the Dodge Demon runs a 9.65 quarter mile and a 2.3-second 0-60

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2017 New York auto show

2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, 2017 New York auto show

So how does it stop shorter? Dan Reid of SRT Communications says it’s mostly the tires. The Demon runs a square setup of 315-mm wide specialized Nitto NT05Rs all around. The compound of the barely street-legal Nitto drag radials helps them bite the pavement. It’s also worth highlighting that while the main performance numbers for the Demon were certified on a prepped dragstrip, this braking number was achieved on regular pavement, not at the strip.

The Viper ACR, on the other hand, runs specialized Kumho Ecsta V720s with 295s in the front and 355s in the rear. While the Demon has wider front tires than the Viper ACR, the meats on the rear of the ACR throw shade on the Demon’s setup. Nonetheless, it’s the Nitto’s compound that get the job done.

How well do they do that job? The Viper ACR takes 101 feet to go from 60 to 0 mph. The Demon does the same thing in just 97 feet.

Not only that, but the Demon handles, too.

“You put this car into Sport mode, this car has amazing handling. This car will pull 1 g on the skid pad. This car will handle better than a Hellcat,” Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at FCA North America, told Autozaurus.

And that’s with those wide 315s up front.

So, the next time sometime makes fun of the Demon’s weight, feel free to remind them it will bring them to a halt faster than the world-beating Viper ACR and it will pull a lateral g on the skidpad.

Not bad for more than two tons of American iron.

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