Check out a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon take on a previous-generation Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 in drag race action.
Demons. You know ‘em, we love ‘em, and they have a tendency to be the best thing on four wheels at a drag strip. That might have a lot to do with the fact that Dodge made them to be the fastest production vehicle capable of drag racing just as soon as it rolls off the assembly line. Or the fact that it has 840 horsepower just so long as it’s fed the right gasoline and the driver remembers to pick up the red key fob instead of the black one.
So on the surface, pitting a Demon against anything short of a supercar seems like a bit of a waste of time. A previous-gen Mustang, while sporting 662 horsepower from a bored-out 5.8-L supercharged V8, is still no match for the screaming power of a Demon. It also doesn’t come with the Demon’s suite of drag race gear, like torque reserve, transbrake, and after-run supercharger chiller.
That said, the GT500 does have launch control, so it’s at least not a complete waste of time pitting it against a Demon, but the Demon’s automatic gearbox makes shifting a breeze, while the GT500 has to manually clunk each gear into place. That leaves a lot of room for error on a car that’s already dealing with a huge power disadvantage.
Just before the main event, Wheels provides us with a pair of previous runs that show just how fast the GT500 and Demon can go. The GT500’s run against a Hellcat is surprisingly quick, defeating the Hellcat handily with a quarter-mile time of just 10.87 seconds. The Demon, on the other hand, managed to take out a similar Mustang in just 10.73 seconds.
You’ll have to check out the video above to see which one comes out on top. As with any race, the winner isn’t decided until they cross the finish line.