Check out a Dodge Challenger SRT Demon whup a Lamborghini Aventador on the drag strip.
We’ve seen many a Demon in our time here at HotCars, and there is one thing we know for sure: they’re fast, but only when everything is just right.
The Demon lives on the drag strip. Put it on the road and it’s just another big powerful muscle car with more horses than it can effectively deal with. But if it’s on the drag strip, and that drag strip has been properly prepared, and that Demon has been given 100 octane (or higher) fuel, and the Demon has swapped out it’s front tires for skinnies, and it’s installed a proper high-flow air filter, and uses the special ECU that comes in the Demon Crate available for an extra $1 at the dealership, then the Demon can do some amazing things.
Its 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 produces 840 horsepower when fed a proper diet of high octane gasoline, making it the most powerful production V8 car in the world. Zero to sixty takes just 2.3 seconds on its way to a standing quarter-mile run in just 9.65 seconds. It produces nearly twice as much backward force during acceleration as gravity.
That’s impressive. But take away even one of those many elements and the Demon will just spin its wheels and go nowhere.
Meanwhile, the Lamborghini Aventador is an all-wheel-drive supercar that promises performance in any scenario. Zero to sixty is done in 2.7 seconds with a top speed of 217 mph (although some have been seen to go faster). Power is somewhat less at just 759 horses from its 6.5-L V12 engine, but it also weighs nearly a thousand pounds less than the Demon.
Top Gear’s Matt LeBlanc shows that even though the Aventador has the Demon outclassed in nearly every respect, the Demon can claim one advantage in a very specific circumstance that allows it to crush the $300,000 supercar at a fraction of the price.