The Corvette Z06 behind a Hellcat Challenger
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Video Shows a Hellcat Challenger Devouring a Corvette Stingray

The video that we have all been waiting for has hit the internet, showing a 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat racing against a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 coupe in a high speed rolling run – with the big , heavy Challenger using all of that Hellcat power to devour the supercharged Vette.

The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is the most powerful American production car ever, the most powerful American muscle car ever and the 6th most powerful production car in the world today. The 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 is not quite as powerful, but with 650 horsepower, it is the most powerful Vette ever, the most powerful American production car aside from the Hellcat Dodges and it is billed as the most track capable Corvette of all time. While the Challenger and the Corvette are two very different vehicles, with them both being such high performance models we are bound to see comparisons between the two.

Now that both the Hellcat Challenger and the C7 Corvette Z06 are reaching owners around the country, the first video showing the two going head to head has hit YouTube – and the news isn’t good for GM fans.

Challenger Hellcat VS Corvette Z06
The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque while the 2015 Chevrolet Corvette Z06 “only” has 650 horsepower, but the same 650lb-ft of torque and the Corvette weighs almost a thousand pounds less. At least, those are the official power numbers from Chrysler and General Motors, as we have seen dyno tests that showed that the Challenger might make quite a bit more while there are reports that when hot, the Corvette actually makes less. These cars are both said to be stock and they are racing from a roll, starting on the third honk at an unspecified speed and racing until one of the cars is well out ahead.

We see a few different runs between the Hellcat Challenger and the Corvette Z06, and in every case, the Hellcat destroys the Corvette. When both cars are pushed wide open, the supercharged V8 engines roar and while the Corvette keeps up for a short time, the Challenger ends up putting bus lengths on the Z06. The details point out that this race was performed several more times without video, and the results were all the same.

I Am a Little Surprised
While it makes sense for the 707 horsepower Challenger to outrun the 650 horsepower Corvette on a long top speed run, I am surprised that the Z06 wasn’t more competitive. After all, the Vette curb weight is almost 1,000lbs lighter than the Hellcat Challenger curb weight and I expected that the weight difference would help make up for the difference in horsepower. I didn’t expect the Corvette to win, but I also didn’t expect the Hellcat to destroy the Z06 like this.

I have to wonder if this Corvette Z06 isn’t suffered from the dreaded “designed hot engine power loss” that cuts the power of the LT4 engine when hot. The fact that they made this run over and over again leads me to believe that the Corvette could be running on the lower power setup, but that really doesn’t provide a good excuse for a 4,500lb muscle car crushing a 3,500lbs supercar on a high speed run.

Mopar fans, rejoice – as it appears as though GM’s best Corvette ever cannot outrun the Dodge Challenger.


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In a straight line, with a rolling start. Put them on a track, (where this kinda driving belongs, ESPECIALLY with other traffic on the road, it's BS), run the 1/4 and it would be allot closer and the Vette may win. Put them in the twisties and the Vette will smoke the Hellcat.
yeah.. but on the street Hellcat rule.
Notice the jump comes when the Z06 shifts. Let's see what the automatic Z06 does when it comes out. Chevy needs to step up the programming on the disappointing output.
Seriously: 6 paragraphs and an ending of "Mopar fans rejoice"? We have no clue who was driving, whether or not the "race" was staged or a chance meeting (albeit unlikely), and it was driven on a public road in traffic. Maybe the Vette driver lifted early? As the previous commenter said, line them up on the track, either a 1/4 mile one or a road course, and see what happens. This video is the definition of uncontrolled testing, and it demonstrates nothing.
Ok to whom ever posted this video REALLY !!!! The Z06 already beat times of other super cars driven by professional drivers !!! We have known this for awhile now !!!! The hell pussy cat hasn't been mentioned besides having 707hp and being able to do burnouts piggly wiggly parking lots ...oh WOW !!!! That's all you got lets get real people ..!! this hell pussy cat can flex on the Dyno, and do great burn outs, sorry that's all Duke boys.. It's too heavy, and no handling to ever make it to the track... Z06 was built to have 500 pounds of downforce and get the power to the ground to take on the worlds best and win.. not to do burn outs and brag on having the most horsepower ..Period..!!!
HP & Torque;Hellcat/Straight line from stop;Hellcat(given enough room to run)/Standing 1/4 mile; Vette/0-60; Vette/Top speed; Vette(barely)/Figure 8; Vette/Road course; Vette/Braking; Vette/ Capable G's; Vette. From my point of view, Hellcat, 1 trick pony; Vette, well rounded, "Supercar" and has allot more, "Bragging rights".
For all the hurt GM fans claiming this or that, you can read the blog posted by the event organizer. Google ( nine ball garage) These two cars met on a track earlier that day and the vette did win convincingly. After the event, the HC and this guy decided to have fun and the vette regretted it. To those saying the vette is more well rounded, that depends on the definition. Yes, it corners better and is certainly better on the track, but can you put you put 4 adults and a family dog in your vette with 2 tires (drs) and a jack in the trunk? Guessing no. Lets not forget that the challenger is not meant to compete with a corvette either.. that is what the viper is for.
I do not think, "Fido" is going to be seeing the back seat of too many Hellcats. Want a people mover, get an Accord, (or Charger, but I doubt if many will be purchasing the Hellcat Charger as their main family hauler). No body is purchasing either of these cars for their, "practical" merits. You are correct, the, "Hellcat" is not in the same league as the Vette, and not to burst your bubble, the Vette would trounce the Viper.
The point im making, which you dont seem to grasp, is that they are two different types of cars. One is a 4 seat gt car that you can fit 4 adults into. I have an srt challenger now and i take 4 people in it all the time when we cruise. I also throw two 17 rims with drag radials and a jack in the truck when i go to the track for test and tunes. The hellcat is not a sports cat and never claimed to be. The viper is a two seat light high hp car just like the vette. And as far as i know the viper TA still holds the leguna seca lap record. Even if this vette beats it, dodge has stated the viper os getting a big overhaul and possibly supercharged v10 next year so the z06 wont be king of the hill for long. Just like im sure the Mustang will come out and dethrone the hellcat.
If you look at past comments I have made, I agree with you, 2 different beasts. I'm not the one who insists on comparing the 2.
Just admit it and get over it. The Corvette had all the room in the world to catch up to it and it didn't.
Who ever posted this video ..come on...Horse power to weight ratio ..Really!! If you believe this, you need to move to Colorado where it is legal.....
I have to agree. The Corvette has a better power to weight ratio and, I have to figure, much lower aerodynamic drag. Something does not add up. I'll wait to see a similar test from a reliable source.
The Hellcat, especially the charger, is a REAL car that can take the family out and still be a blast to drive. The Vette is useless as a real car, a more dedicated sports car and a amazing handler. I'm getting a Hellcat because I have a wife and kid. Saying the dog won't ride is just silly. He can and will. And after I drop them off my Hellcat can hang in real world driving with most sportscars, but with greater comfort.
The Hellcat is a one trick pony but it is a great trick. I was reading a test the other day comparing a Camaro with the ZL1 performance upgrade, the Hellcat and a 2015 Mustang GT with the performance pack upgrade. The Camaro beat the Hellcat around the track by about 7 seconds I think, the Mustang beat it by 1.5 if I am remembering correctly. Clearly, the Challenger is not the best choice for your favorite twisty road if that is your main criteria for a muscle car. The trade off, according to the article is a punishing ride from the Camaro on normal roads. My last muscle car was a 1968 Firebird 400 and I never thought I would see the day when Detroit would once again be waging muscle car wars. The best part is, now I can afford one! Those of you who remember buying, "Records" or even know what a record is will know what I'm talking about. I love horsepower, and in spite of moronic government restrictions that murdered the last muscle car renesance horsepower is king once again.
Actually the Firebird was not a muscle car it was a Pony car just like the Camaro and Mustang, (the Mustang being the one that really started, "Pony cars"). The GTO, (owned a '67), Charger and SS were the Muscle cars of the day. To each his own, but, "Horsepower" is not once again King. It is once again available. "Technology" is King. Frankly I do not see stuffing Monster HP in a car that out of the box is not designed very well to make use of that power as a, "Great trick".
So the cars you mention are not stock? Upgrades? Really.... Hmmmm, seems like an upgrade package to the Hell Cat is now in store (I smell 900 Hp with 800 ftlb torque (Minor Upgrade). Obviously the other products can't even come out with a stock vehicle to beat a car that is this impressive. Once again, y'all need to add something not stock to compete... HC wins this battle easily....
How I wish I had a Hemi in my 70 Cuda, My brother loaded a stock 440 Golden Commando in his 72 Duster and we went to the track all the time. I also had a 72 Road Runner, stock 400 with headers that ran 12.5. Dodge has always been up there.... I am getting my Hell Cat in a couple months. My first Challenger and will be very happy to unleash the crap on Fords and Chevs. I remeber a vette pulling up light to light against my brothers Duster.... even with 4 people in the car and 273 gears, the Vette didn't stand a chance.... We didi however, carry a couple U-Joints for spares as they tended to snap on occasion due to the power to gear ratio. His car did 10.2 stock in the qtr. Now the Hell Cat Would likely beat any NA car easily on rolling start, as seen in the video, but comparing apples to oranges from a dead start at a 1000 lbs difference is another story. You have boost, lag times, weight, etc to factor in. I would and am buying a Hell Cat. My dog and GF need to come for a ride too! I just rented a Challenger for my trip to the Daytona 500. Can;t wait. The last time I "Reserved" a dodge, I got there off the plane and told me they didn't have it, so they gave me a convertible Mustang instead.... I beat the crap out of this thing.... Brand New, I was so pissed about not getting a Dodge that when I returned it, it needed rear tires....My GF was not impressed... I was...
No sound again same as the race with the Viper lol did anyone say BULL SH - - oh yeah I DID !!! I like how your Traill cars slowed down to make the speed look real. Both great cars but go get a life and stop with the BS FAKE VIDEO'S
Hell Cat 1/4 mile times were clocked at 10.2 to 10.8, depending on track and driver. Vette can't do that at all. Best time is 11+ and more often 12+... In the 1 miles run, the Hell Cat cruised to 172 MPH in just over 30 seconds.... Bring it on... HAHAHAHAHA Just so you know, and I have owned Dodge big blocks, and they really turn on in the top end and are very hard to beat from a rolling run. I've killed many a pony cars thinking they can compete. No chance in HELL (CAT).
BTW... I never had so much fun when I was younger than looking at Chevs and Fords in my rear view mirror as I was pulling away in a street race. And they would ask, What's under the hood? I would show them and they would always say... NO WAY! Man that was fun. :)
chorvette z07 has a track time on the 1/4 mile of 10.95 where as the challenger srt hellcat has a time of 10.8 both have a top speed of 200mph and you will find that if they both were in a drag race the hellcat will win
The evo x MR will smoke both of them..JDM FOR LIFE
All hellcat is a big motor in a family car, kids driving honda civics have been doing that for decades and I bet a lot of those civic guys will spank the Hell Cat on its own home turf of straight line drag only racing? All Hell Cat is, is the number 707 the Z06 is 007 the Viper a dinosaur that also gets spanked on track Results # 1. Stingray Z06
* Z06 Auto runs 10.4 to Hellcat's 10.8 in a 1/4 mile. Independently verified on a track, not some yahoo doing rolling starts on the freeway at a horn honk. * On any track with turns the Hellcat doesn't beat a base C5. How is the Hellcat a better car? Cuz you can say 700 horsepower? Whatever.