It is very noticeable that the Demon has incorporated Viper concepts with its body design. With its long hood and identifiable large cross hair grille and small windshield, it is obvious who its brother is. Its sleek and no-frills interior lets the driver navigate easily within its doors, and its amber pearl paint gives its nice exterior the freshness a concept car needs.
The Demon is Dodge’s direct answer to Mazda’s Miata and Mx5 and Pontiac’s Solstice/Saturn in the budget-price open-air vehicles market. A little shorter than the Mx5, it aims to unseat the hottest seller in the category, claiming to be more powerful and better handling, not to mention a target price of five grand cheaper than the 20,000-dollar Mx5. This Dodge version of Mazda’s bestseller sports car is poised to take away the crown.
Under its hood, the Demon is equipped with a 2.4-liter world petrol engine that gives off 172 horsepower to power this rear-wheel drive vehicle, attaining an average of 130 mph. Aiming to beat the market, it not only boasts of cheaper price and excellent good looks but Dodge have made certain the Demon can hold its own on the streets against its rivals. Six-speed transmission, carbon-fiber body and 19-inch aluminum wheels are some of the specs this concept will have when available to the market.
Although Demon has garnered many praises, it too has a share of critics. For one, its exterior is a choice delicacy. Although the front has no problems, critics are commenting that the back end of the car has too much lines and edges, making it confusing to look at.
Dodge answered back by saying that it was purposely done as it makes the car somewhat of a shapeshifter, changing its look depending on your angle. Also, its engine cannot be called in par with the competition as the Honda 2000 and the Saturn Sky are in the 320-horsepower bracket, opposed to the Demon’s 172 horsepower.
Again, Dodge has answered by saying the Demon has numerous engine options and changes are being studied upon, like probably putting in the 300-horsepower Caliber SRT, which may be the answer to the horsepower race. All in all, the Demon is the Viper's little brother, little being the keyword.