Can the Corvette Z06 beat the drag-race-ready Dodge Demon in a race?
Dodge Demon Vs. Chevrolet Corvette Z06
So, which is better: an American sports car icon or a ridiculously powered, and also American, car with pure muscle? Throttle House hosts James and Thomas set out to answer that question and return with an interesting drag race, testing the new 2023 Corvette Z06 and the ridiculous Dodge Demon. These beasts both have a menacing V-8 engine with a torque that will blow the roof off your house. Although the new Corvette Z06 is lined up with slightly less power, does it have enough to challenge the straight-line specialist in the Dodge Challenger Demon?
How the Corvette Z06 and Dodge Demon stack up
A beautiful three-quarter shot of the rear of the 2023 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 in orange
The 2023 Corvette Z06 is no slouch with a naturally aspirated 5.5-liter V-8 engine positioned just behind the driver’s cab, making 670 horsepower with 460 pound-feet of torque. The new mid-engined layout makes it an American supercar with a weight of 3,500 pounds and a reasonable price of $106,000. Knowing that the Corvette has significantly less power than the Demon, the Z06 has a ruse up its sleeve. It can be considered a featherweight next to the Demon’s curb weight of 4,280 pounds. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon features a huge 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 engine with a more than healthy 808 horsepower and 717 pound-feet of torque. The Dodge is priced significantly cheaper than the Z06 at $84,995, also a good price for a car that packs a ton of horsepower. The Demon is equipped with a full set of drag racing features and a high-octane fuel tank, allowing the beast to jump to an insane 840 horsepower when needed.
Who is the best in line?
The Chevrolet offers a major traction advantage due to its mid-engine layout, which improves initial grip at launch. This Z06 is also fitted with CUP 2R tires, which certainly upset Thomas in the Dodge. The SRT Demon comes with lower pressure tires, as grip is hard to come by even in tow mode. While the race takes place on an unprepared surface, the Corvette Z06 can prevail against the Demon.
Chevrolet Corvette Z06
The matchup starts with a warm-up for each competitor’s exhaust system, and what a symphony. The grunts and whistles of the menacing Dodge Demon are an auditory assault, while the Chevrolet Corvette Z06 gives off a sharp, stabbing scream reminiscent of a V-10 supercar, a dizzying moment considering it’s a naturally aspirated V-8. The guys at Throttle House pit these modern muscle cars against each other in a two-legged challenge, starting with a drag race and followed by a rolling race. While the first leg features a predictable outcome between the mid-engine and drag-focused muscle car, neither see losing as an option.
The second part of the challenge consists of the rolling race and produces more interesting results. Given the Dodge Demon’s consistent traction issues throughout the event, Thomas is able to keep his power on the drag strip here and the results are quite surprising. Without revealing the results, let’s just say that both cars weren’t messing around this day. The guys from Throttle House pull it off, delivering an intense and exciting series of challenges, including a photo finish. But who will cross the line first? Watch the video below to see two tasty pieces of Americana put to the test.