If you’ve got a serious need for speed, then there are two offerings from American car makers that will have you salivating. The Challenger Hellcat has been the crowning jewel of Dodge cars, and the standard by which all competitors’ muscle cars are compared to.
However, Chevrolet has a car that they think can knock the Challenger Hellcat off its lofty pedestal and claim the title as king of American muscle: the Camaro ZL1, which has just as much engineering, power, and technology packed into it as the Hellcat.
Before you rush to abandon your Dodge dealership, a direct comparison of these two street beasts would be helpful in your decision-making process. So, read on and learn all about how they stack up against each other and find out which one is right for you.
The first thing to look at is each car’s raw power. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat is rear wheel drive, powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 engine, capable of putting down an astonishing 707 horsepower on the pavement, with 650 lb-ft of torque. This propels the Hellcat to a meteorically fast 0-60 time of 3.6 seconds, with a top speed of over 200 miles per hour, and an 11.2-second quarter mile when using stock tires.
The Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is no slouch when it comes to horsepower, either, with a 6.2-liter LT4 V-8 engine capable of 650 horsepower, and 650 lb-ft of torque. While 650 is certainly a smaller number than 707, that doesn’t tell the whole story.
The Camaro ZL1 is much lighter than the Hellcat, so, even with significantly less horsepower, the quarter-mile time is an astounding 11.4 seconds, with a top speed of just under 200 miles per hour. Acceleration in the 10-speed automatic transmission is better, too, with the ability to go 0-60 miles per hour in a hair-raising 3.5 seconds.
While the Challenger Hellcat is indisputably the faster of the two, in terms of the quarter mile and top speeds, the lighter weight of the Camaro ZL1 means it can certainly keep up and perform almost as well, even with the reduction in horsepower.
One place the Camaro ZL1 certainly performs better is in the manufacturer’s price. The Camaro with manual transmission is priced more than $3,000 less than the Challenger Hellcat with manual transmission.
If power is worth any cost to you, then the Challenger Hellcat is your obvious choice. The brutally powerful engine, blazing-fast quarter-mile time, and ruthless, slick styling all work together, screaming a testament to the overall magnificence of the finely tuned machine from Dodge’s SRT division.
Yet, if you’re happy with near-identical performance, and you’re looking to save a buck or two, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 is an excellent choice—one with which you can’t go wrong. While not quite as powerful as the Hellcat, the lighter weight makes up for the reduction in raw horsepower, and it also gives it the edge in the quarter-mile time.
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