Dodge Charger Hellcat Beats Tesla P85D in Motor Trend Shootout (Video)
Today, Motor Trend’s Head 2 Head Episode 65 debuted online and this newest shootout compares the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2015 Tesla Model S P85D in a collection of high performance tests. Host Jonny Lieberman walks us through the ins and outs of the two super-sedans, talking about the features that make each of them so awesome, but in such different ways that both lead to very impressive performance cars.
The MT Charger-v-P85D Battle
If you are unfamiliar with a Motor Trend performance car comparison, the Hellcat Charger and Tesla P85D were both put through a variety of tests. This includes 0-60, 60-0 braking, lateral acceleration, the MT Figure 8 and, of course, the quarter mile, with host Jonny Lieberman giving us his rundown of these two awesome machines along the way.
Even though the Charger is a big, heavy sedan that is perceived as being far more comfortable on a drag strip than a road course, the 707 horsepower Dodge did very well against the all-wheel drive P85D in the handling competitions. The Hellcat stopped from 60 miles per hour in the same 104 feet, while beating the Model S on the skid pad by a little and on the MT Figure 8 by a lot. For a car that doesn’t get any respect for its handling abilities, the Hellcat Charger put down good numbers in braking and cornering compared to the Tesla.
Where the Tesla Model S P85D shines is in acceleration, as the instant torque of the electric drivetrain and the advance all-wheel drive system afford this electric sedan incredible low end performance numbers with a 3.2 second 0-60 time in the Motor Trend test. This was a half second quicker than the Hellcat Charger and when the two went head to head in a quarter mile drag race, the Tesla beat the Dodge by 1 tenth of a second with the Charger running a significantly faster trap speed.
The Tesla P85D won this drag race, but with a time of just 11.8, the Charger was much, much slower than what it is capable of in the hands of someone who has time to learn the car – or to buy sticky tires. Based on that, I would expect a real world drag race between the Charger and the Model S to go very similarly to what we have seen when the Hellcat Challenger races a P85D. However, in this MT shootout, the Model S got to the quarter mile finish line first.
After it was all said and done, the folks at Motor Trend picked the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat as the better of the two high performance sedans. While I have touched on some of the key numbers from the Motor Trend shootout, this video is an awesome example of American performance at its best so grab a drink and a snack, kick back and spend 17 minutes watching the Motor Trend crew put these two beasts to the test. Seriously – this video is great, whether you like the Charger, the Tesla or any other go-fast sedan, as it shows just how far the 4-door performance world has come…and it has lots of burnouts.
Image Source: The Motor Trend video embedded above