The Grand Race: Clarkson And May Pit Camaro Exorcist Against Mustang RTR

Last week’s season opener of The Grand Tour saw Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May travel to Detroit, where they climbed behind the wheel of three extremely powerful muscle cars.

Clarkson chose the well-balanced 700 HP Mustang RTR, Hammond went with the drag race-tuned Dodge Demon, and May ended up with the most powerful car of the group, the Hennessey Camaro ZL1 ‘Exorcist’ that’s good for 1,000 horses.

Because Dodge specified that its car wasn’t allowed to drag race on the streets, Hammond and his Demon had to sit this one out. A pity, since it would have spiced things up even more.

Even so, the other two are far from pushovers. The Camaro features an upgrade package from Hennessey that bumps output to an amazing 1,000 HP at 6,000 rpm and 966 lb-ft (1,309 Nm) of torque at 4,400 rpm. Unleash it and you will end up doing in excess of 220 mph (354 km/h), although the tuner has taken it up to “just” 217 mph (349 km/h).

Clarkson’s choice, the Mustang with the ‘RTR Design Package’, sports forged alloy wheels, custom body stripes, new LED daytime running lights and one of three performance kits: Spec 1, Spec 2 or Spec 3.

The controversial show host was, of course, driving the full-on Spec 3 that’s packing an improved 5.0-liter V8 with 700 HP (522 kW). Engine mods include a performance supercharged, intercooler and an upgraded fuel injection system.

Check out the clip below in order to see which of the tuned muscle cars that were allowed to race came out on top.


  • Bash

    And how does this post haven’t got any comments?!!

    • Seats & a steering wheel

      We are in awe..taking it all in..takes time to process how awesome these cars are!

    • ErnieB

      Because watching two badass cars drag race is not as cool as commenting about some crappy looking 2 seat sports car that was recently released.

  • Dennis James

    To those that don’t like to waste time: Camaro wins over Ford but loses to the Dodge Demon.

  • TheToadPrince..~~ToadSquad

    two after markets vs a factory made..this is why i love dodge…they dont need rouse or calleway to make their cars crazy…they build it themselves.

  • Lawrence Behr

    There’s an Abandoned part of the City of Detroit ??? DO TELL !

    BUT 700 ÷ 1,000= 0.7 ‘ TRANSLATION ‘ AN ASS WHIPPING !

  • DMax

    Hammond looks tiny next to that Demon hahaha.

  • Kevin Cagle

    The bit with Hammond at the end adding all the parts to the Demon before the drag race felt like classic Top Gear. I lol’d.

  • ErnieB

    I sure do hope so.. I will be close to retirement by then so naturally I’d get me the one that’ll get me closer to death.. the Dodge Dark God 2000hp super supercharged V8 with quad electric engines? 0-60 in 1 sec?

  • Not bad for a 300hp difference and the ford being a stick…. use the new a10 auto and bye bye

  • ztamg04

    watched this full episode..I would probably take either the RTR or the Demon. they look wayyy better than the camaro.

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