After watching the clip above, you may be wondering why the 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS was running against the Dodge Challenger Demon in a drag race. But having such cars take each other on can actually prove to be quite insightful, because a battle between old-school Chevy and new-school Mopar cars can help demonstrate just how far automotive technology has come within the last few decades.
The unmistakable Dodge Demon profile is very similar to that of the classic ’60s and ’70s muscle cars that are still dearly loved which, along with its monstrous output, may explain its appeal. With a whopping 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque, the Dodge Demon is said to reach 60 mph in just 2.3 seconds. Powering the Demon is a 6.2-liter Hemi V8 engine paired to a massive 2.7-liter supercharger; we are not sure what powers the Chevelle in the video, though.
Most of the 1971 Chevrolet Chevelle SS models came equipped with a Big-Block Chevy V8 engine that put out 375 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Those numbers were pretty impressive during that era, but not so much in the present day. Even if you take the most powerful variant of the Chevrolet Chevelle SS – the LS6 engine that delivers 450 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque– it’s clear that these two cars don’t actually measure up, despite the output from the Chevy already being plenty to work with. Even so, the Dodge Demon launch in this video is nothing short of exhilarating.
Spoiler Alert: When the light turns green, it seems to be crystal clear that the Demon will beat the Chevelle in a heartbeat. The Challenger flies down the drag strip and, before you know it, finishes the quarter mile in 10.18 seconds at 128.6 mph. The Chevelle trekked behind and completed the race in 12.64 seconds at 105.36 mph.