There’s nothing quite like an American muscle car, and we don’t just mean the old, classic models, either. The tradition of the powerful American sports car is alive and well, with multiple classic vehicles getting updated, 21st-century versions hitting the streets as we speak.
Two of these revivals, in particular, are getting a lot of attention: the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Both these cars are keeping the spirit of the classic American car alive through a combination of sporty design, sleek performance, and sheer, raw power.
Of course, when you have two powerful cars, driving fans only have one question: Which one’s better? While the Camaro ZL1 is an impressive car, on close inspection of the two it becomes apparent that the Challenger Hellcat is simply a better car.
The Need for Speed
Let’s get right to the juicy details. When you’re talking about sports cars, probably the single most important thing is which one is more powerful. If you wanted a car for polite, quiet drives at slow speeds, you wouldn’t be interested in a muscle car, after all.
Both the Hellcat and the Camaro ZL1 are filling an obvious hole in the 21st-century car world; if you read auto industry news and find yourself annoyed at all the talk about gadgets and gizmos over pure performance, then both of these cars hitting the market is a piece of much welcome news.
The Camaro’s engine is an impressive one: a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8, capable of producing 650 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft. of torque. Obviously, that’s nothing to shrug about. When compared to the Hellcat, however, the new Camaro comes up lacking. The Hellcat’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi produces a whopping 707 horsepower—nearly 50 more than the Camaro—and 650 lb.-ft. of torque. Powerful as the Camaro is, the Hellcat has it outclassed.
Of course, all that means nothing until you compare the cars in action. Motor Trend took both the Hellcat and the Camaro ZL1 to the track and tested how fast they could complete the course; once again, the Hellcat came out on top. The Camaro’s times were perfectly respectable. It reached 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds and was able to travel a quarter-mile in 12.2 seconds at a maximum speed of 116.6 miles per hour.
Then the Hellcat hit the track, and the Camaro just couldn’t compete. Not only did it reach 60 miles per hour faster (3.7 seconds), it was able to complete the quarter-mile in 11.7 seconds and reached a high speed of 125.4 miles per hour.
As good as the Camaro Zl1 may be, the Hellcat is simply a better-performing vehicle. Since we’re talking about sports cars, which are the peak of performance for vehicles from Detroit, that’s really the only thing that matters. We’re living in a great time for sports car fans, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat may be the best of the current crop.
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