Check out a Dodge Demon in drag race action against a Ferrari 488, an Audi RS7 Sportback Performance, and a tuned Audi RS3.
Demonology brings us yet another video of the Dodge Demon in its natural habitat: the drag strip. Opposite our favorite Dodge drag racer are a series of European imports that aren’t specifically made for the drag strip, but on paper at least have the power and performance to give the Demon a run for its money.
On paper anyway.
We’ve already espoused the many virtues of the Demon’s 840 hp 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8, so we’ll stick with describing the competition.
The best chance to beat the Demon lies in the Ferrari 488. A 3.9-L twin-turbo V8 produces 661 hp and 561 lb-ft with a 0-60 time measured at 2.9 seconds. Top speed is an eye-watering 205 mph, with a weight advantage over the Demon of 900 lbs. Whether that will make up for the loss of nearly 300 horses to the Demon is hard to gauge without seeing the two in action.
Next, we have the Audi RS3, a smaller coupe with no business going against a Demon. A 2.5-L turbo straight-5 engine makes 396 hp and 354 lb-ft. This one’s apparently been tuned with a new intercooler, but that’s probably not going to double the engine’s power.
At 3,351 lbs, the RS3 at least has lightness and AWD on its side, but we’re expecting the Demon to blow this little coupe out of the water.
Finally, the RS7 Performance. This sedan is not as powerful as the Ferrari, with 605 horses from its 4.0-L turbo V8, but it does have AWD to help give it a good start off the line. It’s also for another 200 lbs to carry around in comparison with the Demon so that AWD had better go far.
First up, the RS3. It actually stays within eyeshot of the Demon throughout the 1/8 mile drag race, but that’s really only because the Demon spun its wheels off the line. The Demon still won by several car lengths despite the disastrous start.
For the other races, the Demon had much better launches and completely obliterated both the Ferrari and the RS7. These are only 1/8-mile drag races so the final times are estimates, but the Demon made each theoretical quarter-mile run in less than 10 seconds, while the Ferrari would have finished in 11.6 seconds.
We think the drivers of the Audis and Ferrari may have been a little inexperienced. Perhaps with some professionals behind the wheel, we’d see a bit more of a fight.