With 248 HP, you’d think the Dodge Demon would handily beat a Nissan GT-R Nismo but you’re probably wrong.
Power without control is useless. The guys over at Drag Times lined up a 1/2 mile drag race of epic proportions earlier last week (Sept. 13,2018) that pitted two titans of power, the 840 HP Dodge Demon and the AWD Godzilla from Japan, the Nissan GT-R NISMO. Granted, the track they used, Speed Vegas, wasn’t exactly prepped for drag racing, when it comes to any drag race under half a mile, if you’re a betting man, put your money down on the AWD Godzilla. Check out the race footage for yourself below!
Before we get into the nitty-gritty of the race, a brief look at the tale of the tape is noteworthy.
The Dodge Demon weighs in at 4,248 pounds and routes all its power to the rear wheels. Under the hood, there’s a supercharged 6.2L V8 that puts out a monstrous 840 HP and 770 lb-ft with special race gas in the fuel tank.
In order to get the best launch out of the Demon, you have to enable drag mode first. Before that, a burnout by activating line-lock is customary, something around four-five seconds. Then a combo of holding both paddle shifters and the brake, and then letting go of the brake and one paddle shifter preloads the TransBrake. After that, hold the revs at 1700 RPM and letting go of the remaining paddle while smashing the accelerator and you’ve got the best launch possible. Do it right and a 0-60 MPH launch in 9.65 seconds is possible.
Here’s the catch. Only a specially prepped track is where you can get a sub-10 second launch. Don’t take my word for it. Watch this video explaining how, below.
In the other corner, the Nissan GT-R NISMO twin-turbo V6 puts out a whopping 592 HP and 481 lb-ft but routes power through all four wheels while precisely controlling wheel spin and traction thanks to Nissan’s legendary ATTESA system or Advanced Total Traction Engineering System for All-Terrain.
But Nissan’s R-Mode is vastly simpler in getting a great launch. A switch to R-Mode on the VDC switch, brake, gas to 4,000 RPM and letting go of the brake lets loose a controlled launch that gets you to 60 MPH in 2.9 seconds.
What results is what I hinted at in the first sentence. The Demon spins its wheels off the line while the GT-R just powers through without breaking a sweat.
So, while the Demon has more power, it can’t put down to the ground.
One last thing. The NISMO MSRP’s at $176,000. The Demon…literally more than half at just $85,000. A point that vastly sways your decision if you’re actually going to put your money where your mouth is.