Unless you live under a rock or enjoy driving a 50+ mpg hybrid every day, you probably know that the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is powered by a supercharged 6.2L Hemi engine with 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque. That is more power than any production sedan ever sold in the world by any automaker, including the best known performance sedans from the European automakers. That power allows the Charger to dash from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds en route to a top speed of 204 miles per hour – both of which are better figures than any other stock 4-door sedan sold in the world.
However, words on a page are a very different story than real world performance, so pro driver Justin Bell and the World’s Fastest Car Show got the Hellcat Charger and five of the other modern super-sedans from around the world and put them all head to head to find out which is truly the best performance sedan in the world.
The World’s Fast Car Show picked five of the most well-known performance sedans in the world along with the 2015 Dodge Charger Hellcat. This group included the Aston Martin Rapide S, the Jaguar XJR, the Cadillac CTS-V sedan, the BMW M5 and the Mercedes Benz AMG S65. With 707hp, the Charger is comfortably the most powerful, followed by the AMG at 621hp, the BMW at 575hp, the Cadillac at 556hp and both the Aston and the Jag pack 550 horsepower.
The 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful of this group or rear wheel drive performance sedans, but it is also the least expensive, with an MSRP beginning at $63,995. The next least expensive is the Cadillac CTS-V at $64,900, but the Caddy in this test is now out of production. After the Caddy, it is a big jump to the BMW at $115,150, followed by the Jaguar at $122,295, the Rapide S at $198,250 and the Benz at $222,000. You could buy three Hellcat Chargers for the cost of the AMG S65…and still have over $30,000 left to buy tires.
The competition by the World’s Fastest Car Show to establish the world’s best performance sedan included three tests – 0-60, quarter mile and top speed run. After each of the first two tests, the two cars that performed the worst are removed, leaving just the strongest two cars to duke it out for the title.
The first round shows the Cadillac, the Mercedes and the Charger making their 0-60 runs, and with a time of 3.7 seconds, the Dodge beat the AMG (4.0) and the Cadillac (4.2). This eliminated the Cadillac and sent the Dodge and Mercedes into the round. The second half of round one had the Aston, the Jag and the BMW making their 0-60 runs, and the BMW handed out a pretty sound beating, with the Jag taking 4.4 seconds and the Aston taking 4.9 seconds. As virtual of this slow time, the Aston Martin was eliminated while the other two went to round two.
In round two, the four remaining super sedans headed to the quarter mile for a pair of head to head battles. First up, the Charger went at it with the BMW and while we don’t get to see the elapsed times, the Dodge edges out the BMW at the finish line. In the second run, the Mercedes ran the Jaguar, and while the Jaguar was 4 tenths slower to 60 in round one, the big cat pulled it together in round two and beat the AMG S65. This sent the XJR and the Hellcat to the final battle – top speed.
In the finals, the Jaguar with a top speed of 174 miles per hour ran it out with the Charger, which has a top speed of 204 miles per hour. This was a top speed race, so it should be very clear which car won the race. Although video host Justin Bell wasn’t able to hit 204 miles per hour on the test track, the 194 top speed that he did reach was enough to crush the Jaguar.
This video has plenty of high speed, high performance sedan clips with sounds that are music to a gearhead’s ears, so crank up your speakers and enjoy!