Watch: Hennessey Performance drag races a Chevrolet Corvette Z51 vs a Dodge Charger Hellcat
The Dodge Hellcat engine is one of the most desirable among sports car power plants. It gurgles, rumble, roars, and achieves the maximum potential of its 707 horsepower in a jiffy. But, can it outmatch the newest generation of the Chevrolet Corvette?
The 2020 Corvette Z51 as tested gets 495 horsepower from its 6.2-liter V8 engine. With the Z71 specialty package, the car has standard manual transmission with active rev matching, a dry sump oil system, electronic limited slip differential, performance exhaust, Brembo performance brakes, and Z51 performance suspension. An eight-speed paddle shift automatic transmission is available. Chevy prices that version of the rear-wheel drive coupe starting at $61,995.
In the video, it appears that Hennessey has opted for the automatic transmission in its tester.
The 2020 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Widebody has the 707-horsepower Hellcat engine that produces 650 pound-feet of torque. Dodge brags that the new Widebody sedan is 2.1 seconds faster than the 2019 Charger SRT on a 2.1-mile road course and that it can get from zero to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.
For the challenge, both models were bone stock.
The video is broken down into two parts. The first features the two going head to head from a dig. The Corvette pulls out to an early lead and the Charger never really stands a chance, fading into the distance.
The second part features the two cars starting from a 40 mph roll. Here, the race is more evenly matched with the Charger just barely pulling off the win at the end.
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