latest automotive news, best new and used cars, find a new car dbf6f_2018-Dodge-Challenger-SRT-Demon-tire-smoke-610x407 QOTD: Do You Still Care About Horsepower? Dodge   The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon produces 808 horsepower; 840 if you find some racing fuel.

I don’t care.

Don’t get me wrong. I like fast cars. I like fast SUVs. I like fast minivans. I like quick acceleration, high top speeds, rapid shifts, prodigious tire smoke, and burbly exhaust.

But outrageous horsepower numbers are almost becoming boring. They’re so common. So ordinary. So…


Anybody can throw a few hundred extra horsepower at a decade-old muscle coupe. But what else can you do to impress me?

Don’t confuse my lack of enthusiasm for the Challenger SRT Demon’s 808-horsepower achievement with a lack of desire for Challenger SRT Demon ownership. I would Friday-Nights-Only-Garage-Queen the snot out of that thing.

But I’m not finding myself any more revved up for the Challenger SRT Demon’s 808 horsepower than I was for the Challenger SRT Hellcat’s 707 horsepower. And to be honest, 606 would be an acceptable figure, too.

I don’t have a problem with 808 horsepower — I’m glad FCA is crazy enough to let Dodge do this — but my viability for horsepower-derived fervor begins to taper off when already-crazy levels of horsepower grow fractionally larger and distinctly more difficult to access.

Perhaps it’s my Miata-loving nature coming out, my love for working a car over in order to make progress, as though I’m the one supplying the speed and not the car itself.

But I do like fast cars, I like my neck to be snapped back by the kind of unexpected acceleration you couldn’t get in conventional cars 20 years ago but now seems common. I just no longer find myself enticed by lofty on-paper figures.

In order to become truly engaged, I need more.

Do you care about horsepower? Or is your automotive addiction tied to something less tangible, something less obvious, something less ostentatious?

Timothy Cain is the founder of, which obsesses over the free and frequent publication of U.S. and Canadian auto sales figures. Follow on Twitter @goodcarbadcar and on Facebook.

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