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Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs Nissan GT-R on the Strip

This video is becoming popular as we see a stock Charger Hellcat take on Godzilla in a series of drag runs. The outcome is surprising, but very close.

Fans of YouTube track videos of amateur drag racing will recognize this red Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat immediately. The big black “DigNight” lettering and the “Mom’s Car” license plate have been featured in videos several times as this monster takes on all comers at the strip. Pitted against it is a Nissan GT-R, which we’re guessing is a 2014 model from the looks of it, and without adornment.

The video itself says that these are both bone stock machines. Before we get to that video, let’s talk about the cars a bit.

The Charger Hellcat is a 707 horsepower beast of a car pumping all of that power into the rear wheels as the most powerful production sedan on the market. It’s been so popular that Chrysler has increased production on it to meet demand. Horsepower alone, however, does not win races. But it sure does help.

On the other side of the strip we see a Nissan GT-R, also bone stock, which features a hand-made V6 that outputs 560 horsepower to all four wheels. This all-wheel drive configuration has been one of the primary reasons that the Godzilla often dominates on the track in both curves and straights.

In drag racing, the key is to deliver as much torque as possible as consistently as possible. This is done through gearing, straight-lining, and careful throttle management. The winner in this video was determined, if you look at the multiple outcomes, purely by consistency. The winning driver won both times by slim margins, but delivered run times that were very close to one another on each of the runs shown.


Patrick Rall    July 23, 2015 - 6:26PM

What I find interesting is that many people online (read: on Facebook) are going on and on about how this is a huge black eye for the Hellcat Charger. It is a 4500lb sedan that costs $65,000 getting beaten by a $102k supercar. I think that the big sedan put up a good fight, but the outcome seems pretty predictable, all things considered.

David (not verified)    March 15, 2016 - 1:02PM

In reply to by Patrick Rall

This is not a black eye and haven't ever heard someone say it..and gtr is not a supercar...supercar is an overused term created a decade ago by some's an exotic sports car a 918 and LaFerarri etc are supercars.....gtr is no where near supercar range

Ramon (not verified)    August 22, 2015 - 5:35PM

I can't believe the rear wheel drive charger kept up with the all wheel drive Godzilla. That's amazing in my book. Imagine if the dodge was all wheel drive.