It’s time for another battle of domestics versus imports!
European sensibility or American muscle? Japanese engineering or… American muscle? Really, there’s only one thing that America does well, but we do it very, very well.
Which is why our first matchup is a bit of a blowout. A Dodge Demon against an Audi R8 V10 Plus. This is the fastest R8 available (from 2018, anyway), with a 5.2-L V10 engine putting down 600 hp and 413 lb-ft of torque. All that power goes to all four wheels thanks to a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, with zero to sixty taking just 3.2 seconds.
That’s fast, but it’s nowhere near Demon fast. Zero to sixty in 2.3 seconds, quarter-mile times in 9.65 seconds, and enough horsepower to rate it just shy of hypercar territory, the Demon is a drag strip monster. And it shows in this race. The Demon leaps off the line and makes the Audi eat its dust. The Audi is able to catch up at the end, but only because the Demon driver shows mercy and lets off the gas well before the finish line.
Next up, we have advantage on the side of the import. A McLaren 570S might be the most basic vehicle McLaren makes, but it's still a wickedly fast sports car. Zero to sixty in 3.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 204 mph, the 570S is all about the compromise between luxury and performance. Although it definitely errs on the side of performance.
Meanwhile, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is a giant SUV with more horsepower than sense. It is absolutely one of the fastest SUVs ever made, but it's still carrying an extra ton over the McLaren.
And yet, the McLaren driver seems to be a bit of an amateur. First, they jump the line and then they let off the gas midway through the race. This allows the Trackhawk to jump ahead and just eke out the win, according to the final race times.
Next up is a Chevy Camaro ZL1 against a Nissan GT-R. Find out which side will win in this race and a few others in the video above.