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.