Corvette ZR1 vs Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Demon

Corvette ZR1 vs Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Demon


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Three cars, 2235 brake horsepower
combined and a mere $300,000 for the lot. Welcome, my friends, to America. The Corvette ZR1 is quite possibly
the angriest car ever. At its heart lies the LT5 6.2 litre V8, producing a 755 horsepower, thanks to a 2.7 litre Eaton supercharger. The numbers really are extraordinary, none more so than the $130,000 price tag, because that means
it offers similar performance to the McLaren 720S
for under half the price. First things first, you can get
an eight-speed auto with this car, but you can also get a seven-speed manual and I'm pleased to report
that we have the seven-speed manual here. How absurd is a manual gearbox these days
in a 755 horsepower car. Time now to state the obvious. This car is biblically,
almost painfully fast, up to 4,000 RPM or so. It's much like the Z06,
but beyond that, well… Why don't I just demonstrate? It just… It just likes the afterburners…
and flies. This is the point
where most racing drivers claim that turning everything off
is the best way to yield the most fun
and the lowest lap times But Chevy's engineer's claim,
even with Lewis behind the wheel, it's faster with the performance traction
management system switched on. And who am I to argue,
so, right now we're in track mode and quite frankly,
I'm glad the safety blanket because despite our sticky rubber,
despite all this aero that's on our side, you can feel this car wanting
to break traction all the time. There is more to this car
than just endless power and a massive, massive engine, though. There's some finesse here, too,
especially the brakes, enormous Brembo carbon ceramic discs. Now, Corvette claim this car will stop from 212 miles an hour
to a standstill in about eight seconds. I'm not going to do 212 miles an hour,
but I can demonstrate what they mean. Yep, yep, those work. The truth with this car
is that the standard C7 Corvette is a really, really well sorted car, so, Chevrolet was going to have to go some
to mess this one up. And they haven't at all. This car is mind-scramblingly good. But it isn't your only option
if you're in the market for a Chevrolet that eats racetracks
for breakfast. This is the 650 horsepower Camaro ZL1, powered by the same LT4 supercharged V8
you get in the Corvette Z06 and fitted here
with the hardcore 1LE pack. Only available with a six-speed manual,
it adds a bigger front splitter and wing. New appropriately-named
Goodyear Eagle F1 supercar tyres and some extremely trick
lightweight Multimatic dampers that can be adjusted for camber
and ride height, so, you can dial in
your perfect track setup, using your favourite spec. How could anyone drive this car and think:
"I know what I need, another 100 horsepower,
like you get in the Corvette"? But full throttle in this car… Well, it's still a bit like being punched
in the face… in a good way, of course. Now, it's not a small car, this.
You've got seats in the back. It weighs over 1,700 kilograms.
It's big. It's brutal. Throwing it around
is a physical experience, so you might think, on a racetrack,
it would all start to unravel… but you'd be wrong because that's where
this 1LE package really comes alive. It's so positive. Turning is so immediate. If you needed proof of just how fast
this car is around the track well, it's done a lap of the Nürburgring
in seven minutes and 16 seconds. That's in the big boy leagues. And boy, can you feel it. It's the least powerful car here,
but feels like the fastest. Although the Corvette
will probably haul it in on the straights. For anyone that thinks
American cars can't handle corners, I invite you to try one of these. The thing is you don't have to have
this fully spec car. You can have the 1LE track package,
with the non-supercharged Camaro SS, less power,
potentially more fun to throw around. It all comes down to honesty. How are you honestly
going to use your car? Do you prefer the track
or do you prefer the road? Or do you prefer the dragstrip? Meet the Dodge Demon, a car designed
specifically to pull a wheelie and smash the quarter mile
in under ten seconds. It takes a Challenger Hellcat
and fits a bigger supercharger, new pistons and crankshaft,
a higher rev limit, higher flow fuel injectors, wider track,
18-inch drag radial tires and a beefed-up transmission
and drivetrain. This is the world's fastest
production car… for $85,000 The big surprise here is that despite this car being
so focused on the drag strip it's not actually that much of a pig
to drive when you get on the track. There's a couple of reasons for that.
Number one is these massive
315 section Nitto drag radial tires. They actually give you
loads and loads of grip. And the other
is the adaptive Bilstein dampers, so you can have it all roly-poly
in street mode, like a proper old-school muscle car, or you can tighten things
right up in sport. Now, this thing does weigh over two tons
so, it is… it's quite sizable, but it can be hustled around,
as I said earlier, at quite outrageous speeds
and just listen to that engine. It just squeals away… snorts away… and generally misbehaves. I can honestly say
I don't think I'll ever get bored of that. But none of this, of course
is the Dodge Demon's party piece. For that we need a prepped drag strip
and our skinny front tyres. which we don't have,
but what we do have is a straight. So, I'm going to stop here. If I hit this button here,
that gives us the full 840 horsepower. It knows that we have 100 octane fuel
in the car. Next we hit the SRT button
and go into drag mode. There we go,
drag mode activating systems check. Trans brake feature access
by pulling back both paddles. Foot on the brake. Increase engine speed. Release one pedal. Release brake pedal. Well, that was interesting. This car produces so much torque
that honestly, on this surface, well, it just overwhelms the rear tyres. But you can feel the fury of this thing,
spilling out of every pore. Nought to 60 in 2.3 seconds. Do you know what?
You can keep your Tesla P100D. How on earth I'm supposed to choose
between three cars that are so good at what they're supposed to be good at,
I'm not really sure, but I've made a decision
and this is the way it goes. The first to fall is the Corvette.
Don't get me wrong. It offers obscene amounts
of performance for relative buttons, but there is a bit of a whiff
of midlife crisis about it. Next to fall, it pains me to say,
is the Dodge Demon. I absolutely love this car. I love its single-minded focus
on its mission statement and then how thoroughly they've done
the engineering to make it happen. Let's face it, it's the coolest car here,
by an absolute mile. But the only car I can actually imagine
using in Europe and working for me is this one, the ZL1 1LE. It is amazing on track.
It's usable on road. It's to be mentioned
in the same breath of the 911 GT3 RS. That's not an overstatement. And let's not forget,
this is half the price of the Porsche. That's just astonishing

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