A Chevy Camaro ZL1 gets delusions of grandeur when it thinks it can take down a Demon on its home turf.
We tend to poke fun at Camaros here at Hot Cars, but this Camaro driver really doesn’t have a prayer against a Dodge Demon. The Camaro has a 6.2-L supercharged V8 engine--same displacement as the Demon, in fact--but it produces a paltry 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque.
The Camaro ZL1 does have a bunch of other toys and upgrades such as a fancy set of Multimatic DSSV shocks and aerodynamic upgrades that make it a great track machine (at least, in comparison to the Demon), but none of them really help it all that much on the drag strip.
Meanwhile, the Dodge Demon is a born and bred drag monster. With 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque, the Demon has the Camaro beat on power, but also on tech. Line lock, after-run chillers, launch control, torque reserve--the Demon is stuffed to the brim with technology designed to make it the best production-model drag race machine that can still be legally driven on the street.
So we’re not really selling the Camaro short when we say that it had seriously better have some upgrades that we don’t know about in order to even come close to matching the Demon.
Nope, no upgrades here. The Demon launches off the line in true Demon fashion by popping a little wheelie and then rocketing down the track. Curiously, after an amazing launch, the Demon seems to slow past the half-way point. The final time stamp also shows the Demon only running at 93 mph by the time in finishes, although thanks to an amazing start it still finished in 10.78 seconds.
The demon could easily have run in the 9s had it not suffered some sort of technical failure. Or maybe it was the driver taking pity on the Camaro and trying to give it a hope in hell of catching up.
To save face, the video shows our Demon driver running a 9.3 quarter-mile in a subsequent race. There’s also another match with the Camaro ZL1, but this time it’s a fair fight against another Camaro.