11Watch a the drag-race king Dodge Demon take on an Acura NSX in quarter-mile action in the Nevada Desert.
Drag Times has once again provided us with an interesting matchup between a stock Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and an Acura NSX.
On paper it’s hard to tell who will come out ahead. The Demon, of course, has the power advantage thanks to its 6.2-L HEMI V8, with 840 hp and 770 lb-ft of torque. It also accelerates faster, going from zero to sixty in just 2.3 seconds and finished a quarter-mile in just 9.65 seconds.
But as we all know, those performance figures are in ideal conditions. On a dusty, cold highway in the middle of the desert is most certainly not ideal. The Demon wants a drag strip with a good layer of rubber already poured over it, not a light coating of sand.
The NSX, on the other hand, doesn’t need a prepared drag strip to be fast. It’s got a 3.5-L twin-turbo V6 along with three electric motors (one in the back and two on the front wheels) producing a combined 573 hp and 476 lb-ft torque. Zero to sixty is done in 2.9 seconds with a quarter-mile measured in the high 10s.
Drag Times performs 6 races: three from a dig and three rolling. We’ll save you the drama of the first three races because there really isn’t any. Each time the Demon performs a burnout to try and warm up his tires, but each time it doesn’t make a difference. The Demon just can’t find purchase when 840 hp on two rear wheels, and each time it just spins out and doesn’t get anywhere.
Meanwhile, the NSX shoots ahead thanks to its all-wheel-drive. Thanks to an onboard recorder, we know the NSX managed a 0-60 time of 3.23 seconds, while the quarter-mile was done in 11.1 seconds at 125.6 mph.
Things are a different story when we get to the rolling races. Now that the issue of grip is resolved, the Demon’s vastly greater power can be applied to help it shoot ahead of the NSX on the first race. We suspect the Demon might’ve jumped the gun at the starting line, but even in the following two races where the NSX had a good start the Demon still manages to finish by a full car length at least.
Once again, the message here is that AWD performs more consistently and will take out a Demon when it’s not on its home turf.