Hooked And Booked: Watch An Old-School Demon Destroy A Modern Hellcat
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Hooked And Booked: Watch An Old-School Demon Destroy A Modern Hellcat

The SRT may pack close to three times the power, but the ol’ Demon weighs half as much

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We’ve previously featured several Old-school vs Modern battles from the Cars And Zebras’ YouTube channel, and the video we’re featuring today sees another awesome pairing between a 1972 Dodge Dart Demon 340 and a modern-day Challenger Hellcat. The two cars took each other in the Pure Stock Class at the Mid-Michigan Motorplex.

1972 Dodge Demon 340

Hooked And Booked: Watch An Old-School Demon Destroy A Modern Hellcat
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Let’s kick things off with this old-school Mopar beast. This is a 1972 Dodge Demon Dart 340. Under the hood lies a 340ci or 5.5-liter V-8 that put out a modest 240 horsepower and 290 pound-feet of torque. The compression ratio wasn’t anything to write home about, at just 8.5:1. The engine is mated to a three-speed torqueflite transmission along with 4.10 rear axle gears. But, perhaps the best aspect about the Demon has to be its weight, coming in at just 3,209 pounds.

Dodge Challenger Hellcat

Hooked And Booked: Watch An Old-School Demon Destroy A Modern Hellcat
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The other contender was this green Dodge Challenger Hellcat. lurking under the hood is the mighty 6.2-liter, supercharged HEMI V-8 mill that’s good for 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. This particular car has a six-speed Tremec manual transmission. Stock rear gears are ringing the bell at 3.70 but the biggest downside on the Challenger has to be its 4,469-pound weight.

The Race


In the race, it was a case of hooked and booked in case of the Demon. It just took off from the get-go. The Challenger did start to gain on the Demon, but there just wasn’t enough room. The classic muscle car did the standing 1/4 mile in 12.35 seconds at 108.91 mph as opposed to the SRT’s 12.39 seconds at 119.01 mph.

Its A Wrap

Hooked And Booked: Watch An Old-School Demon Destroy A Modern Hellcat
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A poor reaction time and the 1300 extra lbs meant that the SRT was crushed by the Demon. The Challenger could have come back provided there was more space. Swipe up to watch the video.

So, it looks like the Demon is no slouch, especially when you consider that it’s over five decades old. Now given its impressive trap speeds, it is unlikely that it is stock. Remember that Pure Stock does allow some mods. As for the driver in the Demon, he sure does need some more seat time and practice. The poor R/T along with the Challenger’s 1,300 extra lbs over the Demon is what cost the modern muscle car this race.

Khris Bharath
Khris Bharath
Khris is a classic car aficionado and adores his Jags and Alfas, although he keeps tabs on everything from super exotics like an old EB 110 to the latest from Lucid. Formula One is very close to his heart, and he diligently makes time to tune in for the Grand Prix on Sundays. Khris also loves his road trips and he prefers stick shift over an Auto any day.  Read full bio
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