The 840-horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is – we’ve been told – the quickest production car from a volume manufacturer in human history. Upon first revealing the car to the public at the 2017 New York International Auto Show, Dodge proudly boasted of its 2.3-second 0-to-60 time and its 9.65-second quarter-mile – figures that put the Demon well ahead of even Dodge’s own Hellcat, which was the previous king of American muscle.
There’s one rather large problem with Dodge’s official figures, however: they rely on special drag racing parts supplied with the car’s optional “Demon Crate”. The 840-horsepower rating? That’s only on race gas, assuming you’ve got the right Powertrain Control Module installed. Its 0-to-60 and quarter-mile times? Those require the aforementioned PCM and race gas, along with the narrow frontrunner drag racing wheels supplied with the Demon Crate.
Granted, even without all the aforementioned goodies, the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is still a beast of a car capable of up to 808 horsepower – enough for neck-snapping acceleration all the same. What it’s apparently not enough for: the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette ZR1. At 755 horsepower, the ZR1 is a bit down on grunt compared to the Demon, but the deficit is more than made up for by its 600- or 700-pound weight advantage. As proof, check out the video above, which shows a Corvette ZR1 embarrassing a Demon at the drag strip.
The time slip from this run is posted at Corvette Forum, and shows that the Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 beat the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon through the quarter-mile by more than a second. It’s worth noting that the ZR1 seems to have been on drag radials for this run, rather than the factory tires, but nonetheless, it’s an impressive feat.
We’ll eagerly await a rematch against a Demon fitted with all its go-fast Demon Crate bits.