Watch the C8 Z06 smoke a Dodge Demon on the Strip

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It should come as no surprise that the all-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is shaping up to be a true world-beater. More powerful and aerodynamic than ever before, the mid-engine Corvette on the track is undeniably serious. Thanks to the team at Throttle House, we now have the chance to see the latest C8 take on the mighty Dodge Demon in a drag race.

The Dodge Demon is a specialized variation of the Challenger Hellcat tailored for this kind of ¼-mile effort. Only 3300 copies were produced. Under the hood is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 engine, producing 840 horsepower and 770 lb-ft of torque on race gas. That power is fed to the real wheels through an 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission, complete with a trans brake. Dodge says the package is good for a 9.65-second ¼-mile pass under ideal conditions, which is right up there with the fastest cars on the road. That said, the Demon has the same traction issues as other Hellcat products, making recreating that claimed time a bit of a challenge. Combine that with the muscle car’s 4,000-pound-plus curb weight and the Z06 matchup seems a little less one-sided.

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The Corvette Z06, on the other hand, is a true sports car, and it’s not designed to line up at every traffic light you come across. That said, the Corvette is no slouch of a dig. Thanks to that car’s 5.5-liter LT6 flat-plane V-8 engine, the Z06 has 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque to work with. That makes the LT6 the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 ever to go into series production. The engine is mated to GM’s fast-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch transmission, which allows the car to blast off the track with authority. GM says the Z06 can cover the ¼ mile in just 10.6 seconds. While that may be slower than the Demon on paper, things play out a bit differently in reality.

The first race is a standard ¼ sprint from a dig. Before the race, the Demon had inflated its tires to the optimum pressure and heated them thoroughly with a burnout. That alone emphasizes how competitive the crew thinks the Corvette will be. When the race starts, the Z06’s mid-engine layout helps it hook off the line, while that fast-shifting dual-clutch gearbox keeps the engine on the boil. Despite the Demon’s massive power advantage, the heavy muscle car can’t turn the Corvette back in during the run. Before the two cars completely left the starting area, the Chevrolet put a few more car lengths on the Dodge. That doesn’t change at the end of the strip, with the Corvette easily taking its first win. That said, Throttle House’s Thomas Holland couldn’t fully hit the pedal until half way through the track because traction was scarce.

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Things are a bit closer when it comes to the second race, in which both cars started. This racing style eliminates most of the traction issues encountered when racing from a standstill, allowing the Demon to make the most of its 840 horsepower. This is immediately obvious, as the two cars stay transom to transom during this run. In the end, however, the Z06 can hold off the Challenger by a nose’s length. The Demon crossed the line with a higher fall rate, suggesting it would have won if the race had lasted a bit longer. Not that it matters, because the 1/4 mile is the norm for muscle cars.

While this straight-line speed is impressive, the Z06 is really made to conquer corners. Once we start seeing these things against other supercars on the track, other automakers may have a similar route up their sleeve.

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