SS vs. Charger SRT8: Chevy and Dodge Sedan Showdown

If you’re looking for a four-door muscle car with V8-powered tire-scorching credentials, Dodge has a library of engines for its Charger sedan. However, if you don’t want to pay top dollar for an R/T Scat Pack or SRT Hellcat, there are a couple of cool Dodge and Chevrolet sedans with V8s that might fly under your radar. Here’s how the Chevrolet SS or Dodge Charger SRT8 could add a little child-like enthusiasm to your daily drive

Is the Chevrolet SS fast?

The Chevrolet SS is a fast, powerful sedan. The Australian-built SS is an Americanized version of the Holden Commodore. Keen travelers may have noticed that the cars are virtually identical in appearance, save for badges. However, just because it isn’t a product of Bowling Green doesn’t mean that the SS isn’t a super sedan.

The Chevrolet SS is a fast V8 sedan that can go toe-to-toe with the Dodge Charger SRT8.
2015 Chevrolet SS | General Motors

Chevrolet stuffed a 415-horsepower 6.2L LS3 V8 into the Aussie. The result is a sensible four-door V8 sedan with a Corvette heart and tire-melting power. According to Car and Driver, the Chevrolet from 2014 will hit sixty in just 4.5 seconds. That’s quick, even by today’s standards.  

How fast is a Dodge Charger SRT8?

The Dodge Charger SRT8 is the fast, hairy predecessor to today’s R/T Scat Packs and SRT Hellcats. However, instead of a supercharged heart, the most recent SRT8s pack the 6.4L Hemi V8. That means 470 horsepower in a sedan with seating for five. The result of all that horsepower is a very fast four-door brawler. 

The Dodge Charger SRT8 is one of the greatest modern fast Dodge sedans.
A Dodge Charger SRT8 | Scott Olson, Getty Images

A 2013 Dodge Charger SRT8 will smash a sprint to sixty in just 4.2 seconds, about three-tenths of a second quicker than the comparable Chevy. Furthermore, the Dodge sedan ran a quarter mile in 12.6 seconds in Car and Driver’s testing. That puts it just ahead of the Chevrolet SS and its 12.9-second run. 

How much is a Chevrolet SS?

The Chevrolet sedan was a short-lived platform, as the automaker only produced it from 2014 to 2017. As a result, the V8-powered sleeper car has retained value as a bit of a collector’s item. Today, Kelley Blue Book (KBB) says 2017 SS has a fair purchase price of $46,923. That fair purchase price puts the Chevy sedan within striking distance of its original starting price of $44,470. 

The SS has simple lines, making it more of sleeper than Dodge sedans like the Charger SRT8.
2015 Chevrolet SS | General Motors

How much is Dodge Charger SRT8?

Dodge discontinued the latest SRT8 generation, the LD platform, in 2014 in favor of the newer SRT 392 and R/T Scat Pack models. However, a 2014 Dodge Charger SRT8’s fair purchase price reflects much more depreciation than the comparable Chevrolet SS. Specifically, a 2014 SRT8 with 50,000 miles has a fair price of $31,482. That puts the Charger at about $15,000 under its original starting price. 

Which car should you buy?

Either option is acceptable if you’re looking for a swift four-door sedan with V8 power. However, if you’re looking for a bargain and the faster of the two, the Charger has depreciated to a much lower price point. Still, if you want a little bit of Australian-American muscle, you’ll have to find yourself a used SS. 

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