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Watch the Dodge Hellcat Challenger and Charger Attack the 1/2-Mile and Mile

The Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger have asserted themselves as the quickest of the stock American cars when it comes to the quarter mile drag strip, but these high performance monsters are also head-turners when the track is even longer.
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The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat are both powered by the most powerful American production road engine of all time, with a conservative official rating of 707 horsepower and 650lb-ft of torque. When coupled with the 8-speed automatic, these cars are very capable of running in the mid 10 second range in stock form with a good driver and with the 6-speed manual transmission, a very good driver can get into the high 10s as well.

However, even with those incredible quarter mile capabilities, the critics of the Hellcat Challenger and Charger like to insist that they are just quarter mile machines and nothing more. The regular argument is that on a longer run, other high performance cars would be able to run them down.

Today, I bring you a look at a handful of Hellcat cars competing in ½ mile and mile-long high speed runs – including one Hellcat Challenger that outruns a C7 Corvette, a GT500 Mustang and a modified Audi S8 on the ½ mile track.

Hellcats Laying Down Big Speed
Today, I bring you a look at four Hellcat cars participating in high speed runs, including three Challengers on ½ mile tracks and a Charger on the full mile track. Keep in mind that these runs took place at different locations around the US, with varying elevation, temperatures, wind, etc.

First up, we have the Sublime 2015 Hellcat Challenger owned by Kevin Kippenbrock. His car is completely stock with the exception of an aftermarket cold air intake. Kevin’s best run resulted in a top speed of 160.03 miles per hour, but on this run, he lays down a 159.46.

Next up, we have the B5 Blue 2016 Hellcat Challenger owned by Sumit Goyal. When he took his 707hp Mopar muscle car to the track, his only modifications were a set of Nitto 555R drag radials and a stronger aluminum driveshaft – but there were no engine performance modification. He made four runs – all over 150 miles per hour, but on this run, he laid down a 152.13.

For our third Hellcat car, I will step away from the 2-door for a minute, instead looking at the Hellcat Charger owned by Scott Cline. In this video, he is racing down a mile-long track with no other modifications aside from a cold air intake. The 4,600+ pounds sedan recorded a best top speed (on this run) of 172.2 miles per hour. Scott made 13 runs at this event and his worst was a 154.5 while most of the runs were in the 168-172 range.

Finally, we have the Hellcat Challenger owned by John Gibson. I saved his video for last, as he is going head to head on a ½ mile track against a handful of high performance cars – and he beats them all pretty handily. Included in the list of cars that Josh beats are an SRT 392 Challenger, a modified Audi S8, a Mustang GT500 and a C7 Corvette. He turns in speeds ranging from 144 to 148 miles per hour, so he wasn’t as fast as the other cars, but the fact that he is beating these other impressive performance vehicles shows just how well the big Hellcat Challenger gets down the longer race track.

So, while the Hellcat Challenger and Hellcat Charger may have their limitations, the argument that they would struggle on longer tracks is invalid – and these videos are the proof. Enjoy.


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