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The Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack is a properly quick modern rendition of yesteryear’s most epic muscle cars. However, with the age of the contemporary V8 muscle machine coming to a close, the future of raw, unadulterated speed might have a near-silent electric soundtrack instead of a thunderous eight-cylinder report. Check out some sensible, reasonable electric vehicles (EVs) that will outrun a tire-shredding Scat Pack, like the Tesla Model 3 Performance, Model S P85D, and Ford Mustang Mach-E GT. 

EVs don’t have to be slow; some are fast enough to take on thunderous muscle cars

Now that EVs have been around for decades, some more affordable options are dropping the speed-to-savings ratio to accessible levels. These three EVs will outsprint a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack without a Rimac price tag. 

  • Tesla Model 3 Performance
  • Ford Mustang Mach-E GT
  • Tesla Model S P85D
A Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody displays its flared fenders.
Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack Widebody | Stellantis

The 2023 Dodge Challenger will be the last model year before Dodge and Stellantis discontinue it. Moreover, the naturally aspirated 6.4L Hemi V8 under the R/T Scat Pack’s expansive hood is one of the most successful tributes to the large-displacement V8 powerplants of past blacktop-bashers like the 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T 440. However, the Challenger’s heavy curb weight (4,274 lbs) and tire-eating rear-wheel drive (RWD) platform are more theatrical than the sober electric performances of some new EVs. 

What is the difference between the Tesla Model 3 and Model 3 performance?

The Tesla Model 3’s entry-level trim is a rear-wheel drive (RWD) EV with a single 211 kW electric motor and a range of about 272 miles on a single charge. On the other hand, the dual-motor Model 3 Performance will cover around 315 miles on a single charge. 

A Tesla Model 3 Performance drives down a mountain road.
Tesla Model 3 Performance | Tesla

However, the Tesla Model 3 Performance’s 340 kW architecture and grippy, dual-motor all-wheel drive (AWD) platform are launch happy. The automaker claims that the Performance trim will hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds with the first foot of rollout subtracted. That’s nearly a full second quicker than a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack, despite the Mopar’s extra 35 horsepower. 

Moreover, at $53,240, there are currently no new, road-legal production gas-powered cars that are faster for the price point.  

Is the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT faster than a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack?

The Blue Oval says the Ford Mustang Mach-E GT, with its dual-motor platform and asphalt-cracking 600 lb-ft of torque, will hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds. That figure puts the GT-badged EV ahead of the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and the V8-powered Ford Mustang GT with a 10-speed automatic transmission

A bright yellow Ford Mustang Mach-E GT EV takes a corner on a track.
Ford Mustang Mach-E GT | Ford

However, the Mach-E GT’s 270-mile range makes it less of a long-legged proposition than competitors like the Tesla Model Y, per TrueCar. Also, with a starting point of around $61,795, the SUV EV model is a far cry from the R/T Scat Pack’s price tag.  

Does the Tesla P85D have Ludicrous Mode?

EV shoppers needn’t look at new electric cars for neck-snapping speed; the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D hit 60 mph in just 3.3 seconds during Car and Driver’s testing when it was new. Moreover, that same tester still sprinted to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds after 40,000 miles. 

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There are plenty of EVs that will effortlessly outrun a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack. However, many new EVs with sub-three-second sprints to 60 mph also have six-figure price tags, whereas the Tesla Model 3 Performance is within $4,000 of the Scat Pack.