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600hp Cadillac CTS-V Wagon Holds Its Own, Loses to Hellcat Challenger

We have seen more than a few videos showing the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat racing against a variety of high performance vehicles and today, we watch as a lightly built Cadillac CTS-V Wagon with 600 rear wheel horsepower gives a stock Hellcat Challenger a very good run – but it eventually comes up short.

The previous generation Cadillac CTS-V Wagon was, without a doubt, one of the baddest sport wagons sold in the world, but in stock form, the 556hp Caddy would have a hard time keeping up with the 707hp Challenger SRT Hellcat. Fortunately, the Cadillac in this video is not stock, using 600 rear wheel horsepower to help it get a quick jump and an early lead against the most powerful muscle car ever, although the supercharger Challenger gradually catches, passes and overtakes the built luxury sport wagon.

CTS-V VS Hellcat Challenger
First off, this 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is factory stock from top to bottom and this particular 707 horsepower Mopar muscle car is fitted with the quick shifting 8-speed automatic transmission. The Cadillac is packing a 6-speed manual transmission behind the supercharged 6.2L LSA V8 that delivers 556 horsepower in stock form, but as mentioned above, this Caddy isn’t stock.

This Cadillac CTS-V Wagon has a 2.40 supercharger pulley, a 100mm idle pulley, bigger injectors, a heat exchanger, a larger throttle body, a catalytic convertor delete package, a full Corsa exhaust system and other assorted modifications which, when all tuned up to work together, allows this Cadillac to make 600 rear wheel horsepower.

I happen to also know that this particular 2015 Challenger Hellcat made 635 rear wheel horsepower on the dyno so the Dodge has an advantage in power, while the Cadillac has the weight advantage…but would it be enough?

The Race
In both of the videos below, we see the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon and the Challenger SRT Hellcat going head to head in high speed rolls race. The two cars start from looks to be a fairly quick roll and when the Caddy honks three times – the two blown American beasts put serious power to the ground. At first, the CTS-V jumps out to an early lead and stays out front, but ever so slowly, the Challenger closes the gap and passes the Cadillac. With the Challenger in front, the race continues up to some unspecified speed when both cars let off and while there are two races, the outcome is the same in both.

While the modifications made to the Cadillac CTS-V Wagon go a long way in helping the luxury hauler to grab and hold an early lead, the Challenger’s big power eventually allows it to overtake the lighter Caddy. However, based on the many Hellcat races I have seen online, this Cadillac puts up as good of a fight as any car I’ve seen.

Of course, these two supercharged American performance cars sound incredible while in action so crank up your speakers and enjoy!

600whp CTS-V vs Stock Hellcat from Steve Staffan on Vimeo.

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