The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon is far and away the quickest, most powerful car ever to come from a mainstream US automaker, with 840 horsepower on race fuel and a claimed 9.65-second quarter-mile time. To put that in context, that’s more than eight times the power of the old Fiat 500C, and 9.65 seconds is less time than it takes the diminutive Italian city car just to reach 60 mph from a standstill.
But before there was the Demon, the SRT Hellcat versions of the Challenger and Charger were the Dodge volume production cars to beat, with 707 horsepower on call, awesome acceleration, and an undeniable “cool” factor. In the video above, one such Hellcat – a Charger in white – takes on the venerable Demon in a series of four drag races at Mission Raceway Park. The video’s description on YouTube describes the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat as being “modded,” but doesn’t offer any details regarding what’s been done to boost performance in the supercharged four-door muscle car.
Without giving anything away, we’ll say that all four drag races between the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon and its 707-horsepower forebear are closer than you might expect. As we’ve said, the Demon has the edge with regard to factory horsepower, but we don’t know how much of a punch this particular Charger Hellcat is packing. Worth bearing in mind, too, is that the Dodge Charger’s shape is actually more aerodynamic than that of the Challenger, although the latter has a lighter weight.
Watch the video above to see who wins this high-powered supercharged matchup.