The invincible Model S Plaid’s exorcism of the Demon is exactly why Dodge needs the EV muscle car ASAP!by Sidd Dhimaan, on LISTEN 04:36
The Model S Plaid’s dominance continues. In case you’re unaware of what a bully the Model S Plaid can be on the drag strip, let us remind that the car has obliterated and humiliated cars like the Nissan GT-R and even the Porsche Taycan Turbo S! Surprisingly, it lost to a remote control car on one occasion.
But, anyway, DragTimes has brought the Model S Plaid to the drag strip to take on the Dodge Demon, a muscle car known for its ferocious nature. But, the Model S Plaid tames it with utmost ease. How often do you see a Demon get humbled like this?
Both The Cars Have Mighty Impressive Specs
The Model S Plaid features a tri-motor setup that makes 1,020 ponies combined. Tesla’s official specs claim a 0-60 mph time of 1.99 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph. The quarter-mile run in 9.23 seconds with a trap speed of 155 mph. This, however, was recently quashed by a Model S Plaid last month when it completed the quarter-mile in 9.081 seconds!
The Dodge Demon, on the other hand, is powered by the mighty 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 mill that makes 840 ponies and 770 pound-feet of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It takes 2.1 seconds to 60 mph has a top speed of 203 mph. The specs seem very similar on paper, but the real-world results reflect otherwise.
The Demon Got Spanked
In the first race, the Model S Plaid driver was a lot slower to react, but it went past the Demon as though it was standing still. The EV completed the quarter-mile run in 9.31 seconds at 150.85 mph, whereas the Demon took 10.29 seconds with a trap speed of 134.03 mph.
The result of the second race was no different, although the fuel-powered car did better. It took 10.23 seconds to the finish line at 134.15 mph. The Model S Plaid sprinted to the finish line in 9.36 seconds at 149.61 mph.
The final race witnessed the EV take the lead from the word ‘go’ and maintained it till the very end. This was actually the worst performance of both the cars when compared to the other two races. The Tesla took 9.38 seconds with a trap speed of 149.88 seconds, whereas the Dodge took 10.66 seconds with a trap speed of 133.76 mph to reach the finish line.
The Demon Faced Its Cousin, Too
As a bonus race, the Demon faced the Ram 1500 TRX also for a straight-line race. The TRX features the same supercharged engine but makes, 702 horses and 650 pound-feet of torque. It takes more than twice the time of the Demon to 60 mph – 4.5 seconds. The catch, however, is that the TRX is fitted with a Nitrous system. It completed the quarter-mile run in 11 seconds at 127.2 mph, whereas the Demon scored the win with a time of 10.11 seconds at a trap speed of 134.14 mph.
The Dodge Demon is not a slow car by any means. Specs like 0-60 mph in 2.1 seconds and a top speed of 203 mph are staggering. However, the Model S Plaid is playing in a different league altogether. EVs have the advantage of instant torque and will always outmatch their internal combustion-engined counterparts. The Plaid already has a nemesis from Croatia called the Nevera. So, it’s only a matter of time before the Plaid’s dominance discontinues.
In fact, Dodge will try to redeem itself by pitting the Model S Plaid againstits upcoming electric muscle car. Automotive News has confirmed that the concept will arrive in 2022. So, we will get a rough idea of what to expect from the production model that will debut sometime in 2024.
Watch the drag race below and let us know your thoughts in the comments section.