These American performance heroes prove that the muscle car is not a thing of the past.
When you think of a muscle car, your mind might travel back in time to the era commonly seen as the American muscle car’s golden age, with big engines, big performance, and brash, unabashed design. Even today’s muscle cars pay homage to the glory of the greatest muscle cars of the past, but with the modern engineering and performance that manufacturers can muster today, muscle car performance is just as if not even more incredible than it was in the past, and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 and Dodge Demon are absolute proof. These two cars boast world-class performance and showcase the United States as a force to be reckoned with when it comes to automotive excellence, but which is better? Keep reading to find out.
Dodge Demon vs Ford Mustang GT500 Specs
Both of these cars pay homage to American performance heritage and incorporate incredible engineering for impressive performance. With features seen in this Demon vs GT500 comparison like carbon fiber wheels, special drag race-ready tires, and ruthless weight reduction efforts, few cars are like these two when it comes to pulling all the stops, and their monstrous supercharged engines are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to how incredible they are.
Named and inspired after Carroll Shelby’s Mustang exploits, the GT500 name carries lots of weight, and represents some of the most excellent Mustang performance you can get your hands on. In turn, it is able to compete performance-wise with cars from all over the world that are far out of its league in price and brand cachet.
This ultimate drag-racing machine is a ruthless powerhouse. If you thought the Dodge Challenger Hellcat was crazy, the Dodge Demon is simply insane. This car goes to lengths that are just about unthinkable in the name of performance, and because of that, even the most insatiable needs for speed are satisfied by this monstrous machine.
Dodge Demon vs Ford Mustang GT500 Engine – Winner: Dodge Demon
Both of these cars feature supercharged V8 engines, with the GT500’s being based on the GT350 Mustang’s engine, and the Dodge’s engine based on the well-known Hellcat V8. The engine in the Demon is much bigger, adding an entire liter of displacement to the GT500’s 5.2-liter V8 to come to 6.2 liters, and with a 2.7-liter supercharger, it’s able to make as much as 840 horsepower. Unfortunately for the Mustang, which makes a still very impressive 760 horses, that makes the Demon the clear winner in this category.
Dodge Demon vs Ford Mustang GT500 Interior – Winner: Ford Mustang GT500
All is not lost for the Mustang, which wins in the interior category as a comfortable and even luxurious while being a world-class performance machine. The Demon, on the other hand, makes great sacrifices in the interior in the name of performance. While it has incredible numbers on its spec sheet, its low weight and drag race times that you would miss by blinking are thanks to the fact that the car only comes with the driver’s seat installed, and while it only costed one dollar, the passenger seat, yes, the passenger seat was an option.
Dodge Demon vs Ford Mustang GT500 Performance – Winner: Ford Mustang GT500
The Dodge Demon is nothing short of incredible. It’s banned by the NHRA for its lack of a roll cage, but it achieved the world’s fastest 0-60 time for a gasoline-powered production car at 2.3 seconds, and is the world’s only production car that can do a wheelie, not to mention a quarter-mile time of 9.65 seconds at 140 mph. However, performance isn’t just about a straight line. World-class racetracks test car and driver with straightaways, corners, and elevation changes, and in that situation, we’d sooner bet on the GT500 with its carbon fiber wheels and intelligent engineering combined with big and ample American power.
Dodge Demon vs Ford Mustang GT500 Investment – Dodge Demon
When it comes to having a collector’s piece and something that will acrue value in the future in your garage, we think that you can count on the Dodge Demon to do that better than the Ford Mustang GT500. That’s because the Demon was only made for the 2018 year, and only 3,300 examples of the incredible machine exist. With its rarity and broken records to its name, we’ll give this category to the Demon.