The second-gen Cadillac CTS-V made 556 horsepower courtesy of the supercharged LSA V8. By comparison, the Dodge Demon makes a whopping 808 horsepower. The results are quite showing: the CTS-V had a claimed 0-60 of about 3.8-seconds, while the Demon can do the same in approximately 2.5-seconds. So with that in mind, we didn’t really doubt that the Demon would win the race.
Instead, we were more interested in seeing the margin of victory for the $85,000 Demon compared to the second-gen CTS-V, which can be had for less than half the price of a new Demon, albeit used. And that brings us to the results: the Demon ran the quarter mile in 10.29 seconds at 134 miles per hour, while the CTS-V four-door sedan managed to run it in 11.65 seconds at 127 miles per hour. To be fair, the Demon is said to be able to run the quarter-mile in just 9.65-seconds, but that’s in ideal conditions.
Notably, the video shows the announcer comment on a “brand new Cadillac” from the previous run, which ran a 10.7. That’s still slower than the Demon, but it splits the difference between it and the silver second-gen CTS-V Sedan… which can seat four, as opposed to the Demon’s single occupant setup.
Here’s the takeaway: if straight-line performance is what you’re after, we must admit that you’d be hard-pressed to find something that’ll outdo the Demon in stock form, as it was built specifically for drag racing, and is the first production car to feature “Drag Mode.” But it’s nice to know that you can at least put up a good fight with a car that costs half as much… though “winning is winning”, as stated by Dominic Toretto.
Hit play on the embedded video to see the action for yourself.