Dodge Challenger Hellcats Smoke Police Dodge Charger on Drag Strip

The Hellcat emblem has become synonymous with speed and horsepower. Hellcat engines work hard and play harder. In 2015, the Dodge Challenger got a Hellcat engine, and the nameplate was changed forever. The supercharged 6.2-liter SRT Hellcat engine made 707 horsepower. Hellcats have been a performance hot topic ever since. A driver of a police Dodge Charger found out why you don’t mess with Challenger Hellcats on a drag strip the hard way.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats destroy Dodge Charger on drag strip

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is on display at the 108th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 11, 2016.
A Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat | Raymond Boyd via Getty Images

While Dodge Charger SRT Hellcats may be able to compete with Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcats, regular Dodge Chargers are completely outclassed. The difference in horsepower is at least 400 horses. According to Motor1, some folks had to experience the difference in speed for themselves so a police Charger drag raced a Challenger SRT Hellcat and SRT Hellcat Redeye.

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye completed the quarter-mile over four seconds faster than the Dodge Charger and its non-Hellcat engine. The Challenger SRT Hellcat completed the quarter-mile slightly over two seconds faster than the Charger. Dodge makes great muscle cars all around, but this drag race proved that Hellcats are just entirely different animals than the rest of Dodge’s lineup.

The Hellcat engine is one of the most exciting engines in modern times. Try as they may, other engines usually can’t come anywhere close to it. A Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye rarely meets a challenge it can’t overcome.

How powerful is a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat?

A 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is on display at the 112th Annual Chicago Auto Show at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois on February 6, 2020.
The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye | Raymond Boyd/Getty Images

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye is one of the most powerful muscle cars on the market. It also happens to be one of the fastest muscle cars of all time. The Dodge Challenger debuted in 1970 as a muscle car that could compete with the likes of the popular 1964 Ford Mustang.

Over the years, the rivalry between Ford and Dodge only grew stronger as the American automakers competed for best muscle car. Ford Mustangs are iconic, but Dodge Challengers and Dodge Chargers have earned their place in history as well. A custom 1968 Hellcat-powered Dodge Charger is featured in the newest Fast and Furious film. This proves that Dodge’s handiwork is universally acknowledged, and its famous nameplates aren’t going anywhere.

Which muscle car is faster, the Challenger Hellcat or Charger Hellcat?

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye vehicles.
Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeyes | Dodge

We know Dodge produces some great muscle cars, but the real question is, which is its fastest muscle car? The short answer is, it’s difficult to say. The 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat can make up to 807 horsepower at its highest trim level. The 2021 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat makes 797 horsepower at its highest trim level. The muscle cars both use a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine.

The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat takes 3.5 seconds to go from 0-60 miles per hour. The Dodge Challenger SRT does 0-60 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. 0.2 of a second may not mean much to most consumers, but many would argue this means the Charger SRT Hellcat is the faster muscle car. Many police departments use Dodge Chargers as their patrol vehicles. Unfortunately for them, SRT Hellcats aren’t exactly in the budget.

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