Hellcat Dodge Charger Beats 2016 Cadillac CTS-V Over and Over
The two most powerful sedans in dealerships around the United States are the 2015/2016 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. The Hellcat Charger, as we all know, packs a supercharged 6.2L Hellcat Hemi with an official rating of 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque. The 2016 Cadillac CTS-V is powered by a similar supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8 to that in the C7 Corvette Z06, but in the Caddy, the LT4 “only” delivers 640 horsepower and 630lb-ft of torque according to the official specs.
Based on those numbers alone, many would expect that the Hellcat Charger would hand the new CTS-V a beating in a head to head race, but we need to keep in mind that there is a fairly substantial weight difference between the two. The supercharged Charger has a curb weight of 4,575lbs while the Cadillac curb weight is listed at 4,134lbs, so when the two cars are sitting empty, the Dodge is around 441 pounds heavier than the CTS-V.
That weight differential has given GM fans hope that the most powerful Cadillac and the most powerful GM sedan of all time would be able to tackle the Hellcat Dodge, but based on the video below showing the two going head to head – the Hellcat Charger is still the king of the US sport sedan segment.
Hellcat Charger VS CTS-V
The video below shows a factory stock Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat going head to head with an also factory stock 2016 Cadillac CTS-V. The Charger has the driver and at least one passenger, so we can tack on an extra 300lbs to the Dodge, but it is unclear whether or not the Cadillac has more than one person in the car.
At first, the Hellcat Charger and the new Cadillac CTS-V go at it from a stop, and the supercharged Dodge crushed the Caddy. The Charger gets a good launch and jumps ahead right as the two leave the line and from there, the Hellcat just pulls away. On the second run from a stop, the Cadillac is given the slight head start and when the Charger spins the tires, the CTS-V gets out to a massive lead. The Charger begins to close, but the Caddy lifts after taking that second dig race.
The rest of the video shows the Hellcat Charger and the new Cadillac CTS-V racing from a roll – generally 40 miles per hour. In some cases, the Cadillac hops out to a quick lead right as the race begins, but in every case, the Hellcat Charger quickly catches, passes and walks away from the supercharged Caddy.
In the end, when the Charger got traction, it took the new Cadillac to task in every race so if this is the car that GM fans were expecting to best the mighty Hellcat – they are going to have to keep waiting. While the weight advantage might give the Caddy a slight advantage at the beginning of a roll race (or on a road course), the big power of the Hellcat Hemi appears to be too much for the LT4 at higher speeds.