The infamous Dodge Demon takes on a dozen antique muscle cars, but a few of them have a surprise in store for the current king of muscle.
When the 2018 Dodge Demon arrived in late 2017, it was a purpose-built drag race behemoth. Under the hood was FCA’s 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 but fitted with a larger supercharger than it’s Hellcat cousin. When fed 100 octane or better, power leaps to 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque.
Dodge advertised the Demon has capable of accelerating from zero to sixty in just 2.3 seconds and running a quarter-mile drag race in as little as 9.65 seconds.
Not only was the Demon fitted with the largest and most powerful engine Dodge had ever made (at the time), but they also gave it drag race-specific technology to help it dominate at the track. A transbrake held the transmission in both first and reverse gear simultaneously and when combined with the Demon’s torque converter allowed it to generate enough hydraulic pressure to perform a wheelie upon launch.
Recorded G-forces can be as much as 1.8 times normal gravity, slamming an unwary driver back into their seat.
Since it’s release, the Demon has become a menace at drag strips across the country, but it’s not the only drag racer in town. There are plenty of old-school muscle cars waiting to take their shot at the new king.
In our first race, the Demon takes on a highly customized ‘69 Chevy Camaro with some ridiculously enormous rear wheels. They help the Camaro get a great start, but then it seems whatever is under the hood gets a little tired of pushing all that rubber and the Demon just zooms past.
Notably, that run came in at 9.95 seconds for the Demon--a very good run.
Next up we have a 1972 Dodge Challenger Rallye. The vastly older Challenger was born with a 5.6-L V8 capable of just 240 hp. We don’t know if that engine remains the under this Challenger’s hood, but whatever is there, it proved no match for the Demon.
It’s not until our third race that we finally see a car that can challenge the Demon. Or should we say absolutely demolish it? The challenger is either a ‘67 or ‘68 hardtop Ford Mustang, but whatever is under the hood is no normal V8 engine. It manages to run the quarter-mile in just 8.86 seconds, leaving the Demon in the dust.
Not all old muscle cars are stock antiques, it seems.