Watch the C8 Z06 Smoke a Dodge Demon on tape

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It should come as no surprise that the all-new Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is shaping up to be the right world beater. Stronger and more powerful than ever, the mid-engine Corvette everyday trail runner is undeniably serious. Thanks to the team at Throttle House, we now have a chance to see how the newest C8 stacks up against the mighty Dodge Demon in a drag race.

The Dodge Demon is a specialized variant of the Challenger Hellcat designed specifically for this type of mile endeavor. Only 3,300 examples were produced. Under the hood is a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8, producing 840 horsepower and 770 pound-feet of torque on race gas. This power is fed to the real wheels via an 8HP90 eight-speed automatic transmission with padlock. Dodge says the package is good for a 9.65-second ¼-mile pass under ideal conditions, which is up there with the fastest cars on the road. However, the Demon has the same traction issues as other Hellcat products, which makes recreating this alleged time a little tricky. Combine that with the car’s muscular 4000 lb. plus curb weight, and the Z06 seems to be a slightly less one-sided match.

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On the other hand, the Corvette Z06 is a proper sports car, and it’s not designed to line up at every stop sign you come across. However, the Corvette is no slouch from the potholes. With that car’s 5.5-liter LT6 flat-V-8 engine, the Z06 has 670 horsepower and 460 lb-ft of torque to work with. This makes the LT6 the most powerful naturally aspirated V-8 ever to enter series production. The engine is mated to GM’s quick-shifting eight-speed dual-clutch gearbox, ensuring the car can go off the line with power. General Motors says the Z06 can cover ¼ mile in just 10.6 seconds. While this may be slower than Satan on paper, in reality things work out a little differently.

The first race is a standard ¼ race from the pits. Before the race, the Devil had his tires set to the ideal pressures and was thoroughly warmed up with burnouts. That alone highlights just how competitive the crew thinks the Corvette will be. As the race gets underway, the Z06’s mid-engine design helps peg it off the line, while a quick-shifting dual-clutch gearbox keeps the engine boiling. Despite the Demon’s massive power advantage, the heavy muscle car is unable to turn the Corvette back inside while running. Before the two cars left the starting area completely, Chevrolet put a few car lengths on Dodge. That doesn’t change by the end of the bar, however, as the Corvette easily takes its first win. However, Thomas Holland of Throttle House wasn’t able to fully get into pedaling until halfway down the track where traction was at a premium.

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Things are a little closer when it comes to the second race, which saw both cars coming off a lap. This mode of racing eliminates most of the traction issues that arise when racing from a standstill, helping the Devil get the most out of its 840 horsepower. This is immediately apparent, as the two cars remain mirror-to-mirror on this run. In the end, the Z06 is able to hold off the Challenger by the length of its nose. The Devil crossed the line at a higher trap speed, indicating that he would have won if the race had been a little longer. It doesn’t matter, because 1/4 mile is the muscle car standard.

While its straight-line speed is impressive, the Z06 is really designed to conquer corners. Once we start to see these lined up against other supercars on a racetrack, other automakers may be in store for similar guidance.

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