Every classic pony car has its following, but there are perhaps few with as fervent a fanbase as the original Dodge Challenger. Sold from 1970 to 1974, the first-generation Dodge Challenger was a bit of a late response to the American two-door pony car segment cracked open by the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, pairing a sleek, exciting design with stout performance from a range of V8 engine options (and a six-cylinder or two). At the top end of the range was a 426-cubic-inch (7.0-liter) Hemi V8 rated at 425 horsepower – although by the time the 1972 Challenger shown in this video rolled around, that engine had been cut from the lineup.
The video shows a drag race between a ’72 Dodge Challenger and its super-high-performance present-day descendant: the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. While still packing a V8 under the hood, the Demon far outguns any factory-stock classic Challenger with up to 808 horsepower on pump gas (840 horsepower on race fuel), courtesy of a sizable twin-screw supercharger and a modern, 6.2-liter Hemi.
We’re guessing this ’72 Dodge Challenger, which runs an 11.66-second quarter-mile on camera, is not factory-stock. It even gives the Challenger SRT Demon a good show from launch, before the Demon’s surplus of power helps it amass a gap on the 46-year-old Mopar.
Be sure to watch the video above to see the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon teach its grandpappy a thing or two about straight-line speed.