Video: Dodge Demon vs Nissan GT-R NISMO Edition

The guys over at Drag Times have been at it again, this time taking Las Vegas for a spin, with footage of an 840-horsepower Dodge Demon going toe-to-toe with a 600-horsepower Nissan GT-R NISMO Edition. While the latter of the two vehicles definitely has a performance handicap on paper, its sensational all-wheel drive system and solid straight-line top speeds make it a carnivorous competitor. Remember, there’s a reason why this twin-turbo supercar has long sported the nickname “Godzilla.” But then again, when’s the last time you saw Japan’s favorite reptile duke it out with Satan’s offspring?

While stock in nature, it’s worth noting that the tires on the NISMO version of the GT-R are a special compound that was specially crafted by Dunlop for this ultra-rare, $175,000 Nissan. It is also worth noting that although the mighty Skyline is almost a decade old at this point, it still retains a blisteringly swift 2.9-second climb to 60 mph. The Demon may be able to best this by 0.6 seconds on paper, but it doesn’t have the front wheel traction that the GT-R exhibits, giving the import the upper hand in the launch department when timed right.

As for the Mopar hell-spawn, according to those in attendance its only modification was race gas, with an electric cut-out dumping exhaust straight out of the motor for moderate bumps in power and to shatter the eardrums of innocent bystanders. With rear tire pressure numbers dumped to 15psi for optimum traction, and cameras mounted for documentation purposes, the sinister black Demon posed an ominous presence in the paddock when parked next to the far lighter, silver-sprayed Nissan.

Sitting side-by-side at the line, it was big American muscle versus twin-turbo titanium Japanese rocketship, a battle that left many in attendance in controversy due to the absence of an area for which the Demon could heat-up its tires. With the sun setting over the strip at SPEEDVEGAS, and a half mile straight spread out in front of the two competitors, the revs built, as each driver prepared for launch.

It may come as no surprise that the first pull landed the Demon an easy victory, a win that the driver celebrates by promptly heading off track, in the process blaming the brakes for his notable error. After that it was on to the follow-up match, in which the driver of the GT-R gets a smashing start right off the line, giving him the edge needed to best the American muscle car racing beside him. While a “Best Out of 3” tiebreaker would have been great to see, it sure is fun seeing the monster from the far east go up against America’s most sinister straight-line machine, and we look forward to seeing what interesting videos these drag fanatics upload next.

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Micah Wright

Raised on LEGOs by grandfathers who insisted on fixing everything themselves, Micah has been a petrolhead in training since age four. His favorite past times include craft beer, strong cigars, fast cars, and culinary creativity in all of its forms.
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