Watch The Dodge Challenger Demon Beat SuperCars At the Drag Strip

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By Dave Ashton

It’s oh so pleasurable to see a muscle car prove its worth against not just modern sports cars, but also top-of-the-line supercars. Okay, supercars are more finely fettled machines, with a price tag to match. But, when they are up against a Dodge Challenger Demon on home territory, i.e. the dragstrip, things don’t always go their way.

In this video from Demonology, a bunch of the hottest supercars go up against the SRT Demon in a one-on-one drag race. In this environment, the far less costly Demon doesn’t care about the prestige or exclusivity of the rest. The Dodge Demon is optimized for this platform so the rest had better watch out.

if you’re unfamiliar with the Dodge Demon, it’s a limited edition run(3300) of the Dodge Challenger with some rather tasty goodies under the hood. That’s a 6.2L V8 engine with a 2.8 liter supercharger, pumping out 840HP on race gas, 770 lb-ft. of torque and a 0-60MPH time of 2.1 seconds and a quarter-mile in 9.54 seconds at 14MPH. The top speed being 203MPH.

It’s even in the Guinness book of Records as the first production car to have a trans brake and able to pop a wheelie on the start line. Prices on release started at $84,995, with prices now going from the mid $120k mark to $140k, depending on the options.

In comparison, the supercars featured in the video are the Porsche 911 Turbo at roughly $160k for a 2018 model, a Ferrari 488 GTB at $260k for a 2018 model, a Lamborghini Huracan at $270K and a McLaren 570S averaging at $180K.

In some respects, the Demon going up against cars that can cost nearly twice the price, should mean twice as good, right? Not exactly when it comes to straight-line speed.

Firstly, the Demon proves its point against the Porsche 911 Turbo, beating it twice easily. The Porsche is no slouch with 500HP+, but even against the heavyweight Demon, it can’t keep up. The Ferrari 488 GTB comes up next with a twin-turbocharged V8, producing 660HP. In fairness, the Ferrari wasn’t exactly quick off the mark, which was down to the driver, but you get the point.

Next up, the Lamborghini Huracan is the same story. This one is a 610HP, V10 with all wheel drive. Great for round a track and in bad conditions, but it just simply can’t keep up on the straight against the Demon. Lastly, the McLaren 570S is all supercar and has the looks to boot, but again it’s left in the tire smoke of the Demon.

So what’s the ultimate conclusion here? It’s no real surprise that the Dodge Demon performed as it did. It’s completely optimized for the drag strip and while the others may be able to dance around a track like a thoroughbred pony, the Demon shows that modern muscle cars are ever more capable.

You may already be thinking that the Dodge Demon is a limited edition model, thus extra zest added to the power. Wouldn’t it be more fare lining up something like the Dodge Challenger Redeye, which is a mainstream model. This one has 797HP and can the currently picked up for the mid. $80 mark. However, it’s still showing that even as a limited edition model, the Dodge Demon with all its extra goodies and still far cheaper than a supercar, can still produce the goods. The others could bring in limited edition models, but there would be an even bigger price gap and it’s more than likely that the results would be roughly the same.

This isn’t to say that the Dodge Demon or even the other top line muscle cars out there can trounce any supercar for a third of the money. No, it’s showing that modern muscle cars are clearly that, ‘modern’ and although still heavyweights, are still highly capable machines. So, next time you’re thinking of shopping for that high-end motor, maybe give the Dodge Demon a thought.


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