It’s a battle of old versus new when classic muscle cars drag race their modern counterparts.
We’ll save you from guessing and just come out and say it: whenever you see a Dodge Challenger Demon show up in these races, it crushes whatever it’s competing against. There’s just no comparison between an 840 horsepower modern muscle car and some 1970 Chevy Nova with a supercharger, no matter how much work you’ve put into it.
But for the rest of these races, we can say with absolute reverence that these old cars put up a hell of a fight.
Starting with the very first race, we see an old Camaro SS face off against a modern Dodge Challenger Hellcat. We don’t know what’s going on under the hood of that Camaro, but you can tell just by the size of the rear tires that this car was made for drag racing. Meanwhile, the Hellcat has 707 horses from its 6.2-L supercharged V8 that are hard to beat outside of a supercar.
The Camaro must have something comparable, however, as that old Chevy literally leaps off the line with its front tires in the air. It even bounces a few times as it rockets down the track. One could only imagine if it had slightly better suspension it might have been able to get just a smidgen more power to the pavement to outpace the Hellcat.
Even still, it was an extremely close race: 10.68 seconds to 10.72 for the Camaro.
Not every race is a winner though. A Dodge Charger Hellcat takes on a ‘69 Charger in the next race and absolutely demolishes it. The same thing happens in the third race between a Dodge Demon and a ‘79 Chevy Malibu. Although the Malibu clearly had work done and puts up a valiant effort, there’s just no beating a Demon on its home turf.
Old Chargers, Camaros, Challengers, and even a Chevy Nova show up to compete against modern versions of their models (except for the Nova, which went out of production in 1988). A previous-gen Mustang GT500 and even a Corvette Z08 show up at some point to show off what modern technology can do.
But we’ve gotta give our respect to these old cars and the people who keep them running well past their prime. It must make each victory they snatch from these younguns all the more sweeter.