Dodge SRT Demon vs Shelby GT500Last Updated August 4, 2019 | Chris Cervenka
There's no question that many die-hard Ford fans were shaking in their boots a bit after the SRT Demon’s official release on April 11th, 2018. With 840 horsepower being pumped out of a force-fed Supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 and a 2.3 second 0-60 MPH time among other mind-blowing statistics, the Demon is no doubt one incredibly impressive piece of modern engineering. While the Demon maintains its title as the dominant street-legal king, the GT500 looks to be in a great position to challenge the Dodge Challenger Hellcat, a beast that is nearly as ferocious in its own right.
While Dodge's Demon is currently undisputed, Ford has held the title of most powerful production V8 engine before. Remember the Trinity V8 that was placed in the 2013-2014 GT500? At an impressive 662 horsepower, the 5.8L Supercharged V8 from Ford was an incredible piece of machinery, to say the least. Now, only five years later, the Demon’s V8 holds that title.
Okay, so we know that the Demon is insane, especially considering that it's a production vehicle. And yes, “insane” is the right word, considering all of the insane numbers coming from this production drag Challenger. But, to put it in perspective, SRT’s team was quoted back in January saying that this car was intended to only be a straight-line car. Which the GT500, will surely have a leg up on that front. Take that, and add the 760 horsepower engine in the upcoming GT500, and the comparison becomes just a bit more even-handed.
2018 Dodge SRT Demon Stats
Along with having the heart of the most powerful production engine in the world, the Dodge SRT Demon also is sporting NT05R Drag Radials; a first for any production vehicle. On top of that, it features a first-ever Torque Reserve System that delivers increased levels of power and torque at launch. Not to mention the first-ever, factory-production TransBrake for quicker, more aggressive launches out of the TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.
To break down the facts we have at hand now, the all-new SRT Demon did take home quite a few records including a Guinness World Record.
- World’s Fastest Quarter-Mile Production Car: 9.65 seconds at 140 MPH
- Highest Horsepower V8 Production Car: 840 Horsepower
- World’s Fastest 0-60 MPH Production Car: 2.3 seconds
- Highest G-Force Acceleration On Launch: 1.8 g
- First-Ever, Factory-Production Car Designed To Run 100+ High-Octane Unleaded Fuel
- First-Ever, Factory-Production Car With a TransBrake
- First-Ever, Factory-Production Car With Torque Reserve: Delivering increased levels of power and torque at launch
- First-Ever, Factory-Production Car With Front Passenger Seat Delete
- Largest Functional Hood Scoop Of Any Production Car: Air-Grabber Induction System measures 45.2 square inches
|Spec||Dodge SRT Demon||Ford Mustang GT500|
|Vehicle layout||Front-engine, RWD, 2-door coupe||Front-engine, RWD, 2-door coupe|
|Engine||6.2L, 840-hp/770 lb-ft, Supercharged HEMI Demon V8||5.2L, 760hp/625 lb-ft, Supercharged 5.2L V8|
|Transmission||TorqueFlite 8-Speed Automatic with TransBrake||Tremec 7-Speed Dual-Clutch Automatic|
|0-30 MPH||1.0 second||TBD|
|0-60 MPH||2.3 seconds||TBD, est 3.5 seconds|
|0-100 MPH||5.1 seconds||TBD|
|Quarter Mile||9.65 seconds @ 140 MPH||TBD, est 10.8 seconds|
|Braking, 60-0 MPH||97 feet||TBD|
|Lateral Acceleration||1.8 G||TBD|
|Wheels/Tires||Lightweight 18” x 11” Drag Wheels, 315/40R18 Custom Nitto NT05R Drag Radials. Available Front Runners||Flow-formed Aluminum 20" Wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 45 Tires. Available 20" Carbon Fiber Wheels|
|Production Numbers||3,000 (U.S.), 300 (Canada)||TBD|
Demon vs GT500
Okay, so we all know the SRT Demon is a drag racing machine that's not to be messed with. Did we forget to mention it’s already banned from NHRA Dragstrips because it’s too fast? With all of the technology that the SRT team has put into the Demon over the past two years of research and development, the final result is certainly an impressive feat. However, the GT500's recent debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit is stirring the pot and putting other American automakers on notice.
Spotted recently benchmarking the Camaro ZL1, the GT500 prototype had its sights set on the competition, whether it’s on the racetrack or dragstrip. Comparing the stats of the SRT Demon and what we learned from the recent official releases on the Ford Mustang GT500, it's clear that the GT500 won't hold a candle to the Demon in straight-line performance; it's simply not designed to. We look forward to seeing how the GT500 handles in the curves, which is a lot more important than crazy on-paper specs for many drivers. However, the GT500 is well-poised to compete with the Hellcat very directly, and we look forward to seeing these two go head-to-head.
We don't have a ton of hard facts on the GT500 yet, and a lot of that will have to wait until drivers get their hands on the new model come Fall 2019. But we do know one thing, Ford fans are ready for something to knock down the title that Dodge’s SRT team is currently holding!
Image Credit: Dodge | MotorTrend
With all the hype over Dodge’s new SRT Demon over recent months, it’s hard to not compare it to Ford’s upcoming GT500. With many of the details speculative and not set in stone, it’s tough to say which one will be the best option until the Shelby is officially released. However, it’s always fun to sit back, check out the specs of each and wonder who’s going to be out in front whether it’s the dragstrip or the road course. With the Demon now officially released, we know what to expect from Dodge - and that’s blistering straight-line acceleration. But what does Ford Performance have up their sleeve for the GT500?
Back in late 2012 when the 2013 Shelby GT500 was released, it was a sight and sound to be held. Being the most powerful production V8 in existence was no small feat from the joint forces of Ford Racing, SVT and Carroll Shelby himself. 662 horses of insane power just pleading to be put to the asphalt. Since then, we’ve seen the Camaro’s ZL1 and Mopar’s Hellcat seriously give the 2013-2014 GT500 a run for its money. Now, Ford Performance is answering back with the 2020 GT500 and 760 horses of American fury!
The Shelby GT350 has been out and the talk of any car enthusiast for the past few years. With its debut in 2015, the GT350 has set the standard among American track cars with the raving reviews its still getting today. However, Ford has something up their sleeve with their next move: the GT500. With rumors of the new GT500 creeping up on the 800 horsepower mark, this Shelby could be a Hellcat and even Demon killer…
Equipped with a 428 cu-in Cobra Jet V8 engine that produced 335 horsepower was the Mustang Shelby GT500KR. The GT500KR made its first appearance in February 1968. To celebrate 40 years, Ford released a 2008 version of the GT500KR that featured a 5.4L supercharged V8 producing 540 horsepower.