A McLaren 720S takes on a Dodge Demon in this latest quarter-mile drag race.
We have a saying here at the HotCars offices: never bet against McLaren. The British supercar maker does one thing well, and that’s make their cars go extremely fast in all situations. No other brand offers the kind of consistently high performance as McLaren, and this video is just more proof.
The Dodge Demon, on the other hand, is a touchy beast. Dodge famously advertises a sub-10-second quarter-mile time and reaching sixty miles per hour in just 2.3 seconds, but in the real world, it never seems to achieve such lofty numbers.
Even if we ignore the car’s reputations, the McLaren seems to have an edge. Its 4.0-L twin-turbo V8 puts out 710 hp and 568 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to reach 60 mph in just 2.7 seconds. Chassis, body, and pretty much everything else is made of carbon fiber, keeping weight down to just 3,180 lbs.
In comparison, the Demon has more power, but it also weighs over 1,000 lbs more. Its big 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 produces 840 hp, but it weighs 4,280 lbs. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to see the difference in power-to-weight is heavily in the McLaren’s favor. It also has a reputation for excellence, whereas the Demon has a reputation for not quite living up to its brochure.
We have DragTimes to thank for this race, which is actually a rematch from a month ago. This time the 720S isn’t a rental, but that doesn’t change the fact that it’s a stock 720S versus a stock Demon on its home turf.
Our competitors hold three races, and the results are fairly consistent and predictable. In race number one, the Demon gets a solid start and pulls ahead early on, but then the McLaren hits its stride and easily walks ahead of the Demon just before the finish line. The McLaren ended in 10.2 seconds at 138.98 mph, while the Demon finished in 10.77 seconds at 131.41 mph.
The second race was far less exciting. Despite finishing in similar times, the McLaren was ahead the entire race. A climactic third race was same as the first, with the Demon even jumping the gun but still losing to the McLaren at the finish line.
We’ll say it before and we’ll say it again: never bet against McLaren.