Culture Battle: Dodge Challenger Hellcat vs Porsche 911 Turbo S vs Nissan GT-R

If you’re looking to see which of these three modern-day supercars is quickest in a straight line, a 1/4 mile drag race should definitely do the trick.

Right off the bat, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat couldn’t be more different than the other two. On the other hand, the Porsche 911 Turbo S and the Nissan GT-R are remarkably similar, from their twin-turbocharged six-cylinder engines to their DCT transmissions and AWD systems.

In a broader sense, the Hellcat is more of a blunt instrument, rather than a precision surgical tool, which seems like a fair way to describe what these three cars are about when discussing performance.

So then, which one would you go with when it comes acceleration? Well, with 707 HP, the Hellcat could have easily been the most “confident” car here, if it wasn’t for its massive 2,014 kg (4,440 lbs) kerb weight.

The 911 Turbo S is the lightest car here at 1,605 kg (3,538 lbs), while the GT-R weighs 1,730 kg (3,813 lbs). Both of them are quicker than the muscle car to 60 mph (96 km/h) but at the same time have less torque – a lot less actually.

Thanks to its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine, the Challenger Hellcat puts down a monster 880 Nm (650 lb-ft) of torque, which usually helps it cross the 1/4 mile marker in a pinch under 11 seconds. Then again, all that grunt is going to its rear wheels and getting off to a good start is crucial under these types of circumstances.

All in all, let us know if you were even the least bit surprised by the results.


  • corners

    yes, because drag racing is so important…… to americans

    • Matt

      Yet this was in the UK…

      • Mind Synthetic

        nothing but a 51st state

        • smartacus

          they don’t want to be an EU state.

  • Six_Tymes

    hell cat driver does not know what hes doing. if you spin tires on any car right at launch time your lost.

    no traction=loser every time.

  • Scott Keller

    I would really like to see that race again with the Hellcat getting a driver mod. Seriously, who was the idiot driving it?

    • Matt

      The owner, as stipulated at the beginning of the video.

    • Jim Ragland

      The Hellcat won the burnout contest…lol.

  • europeon

    The guy with the Hellcat is a special kind of retard.

  • Auf Wiedersehen

    Funny, I only see two supercars.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Ouch! 707hp though…

    • Sheakub

      Of course – Hellcat runs $50k. It’s really more of a stock-car race.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Looks like the oldie pressed burnout button instead of launch control.

  • diehard

    1. Didn’t say what type of tires the HC had on.
    2. Burning rubber before taking off is to heat tires for better traction.
    3. The FIRST run didn’t show burning of rubber during taking off, only before.
    4. The HC was losing ground continuously.
    5. How long was the track run and ET(elapsed time)?
    Carscoops continues to disappoint me.

    • Callanish

      How the hell is this Carscoops fault? They didn’t have anything to do with the video other than posting it.

      • diehard

        Why post such a poor report of performance?
        They continue to disappoint me on their typically meaningless articles.
        I get the impression that the writers know very little about cars.

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  • LongLegsChick

    Can’t we all just come to an agreement that the Hellcat just sucks?

  • nauticalone

    The results are as expected!

  • eb110americana

    Am I surprised by the results?

    Yes. I am surprised that they didn’t drive the Hellcat BACKWARDS down the track. Seriously Autocar, what a joke. Who launches a car with a burnout and then attempts to use the results as an example of “journalism?”

    Yes, I expect the Porsche to be the quickest, as it’s essentially built like a dragster with AWD. The GT-R is fast, but also heavier (and their performance claims are artificially inflated). The Hellcat will likely come in last place, with the possible exception of very high speed competitions, but not that far behind. I would bet that a standard HEMI model with the 5.7L could have done what this one did if it wasn’t just doing a burnout while the other two were drag racing.

    • Oscarphone

      If the Hellcat had AWD things would be a lot different I’d think. Hooking up out of the hole is what AWD does best.

  • cyberlancer!

    When the hellcat gets ready it starts shaking like its having a seizure. Its hilarious!!

  • Sheakub

    Heads-up? That’s just for show.

    Hellcat runs 11.2 ET on street tires. Can you give me the ET of any of these three cars? You can’t??
    Run street tires and competent drivers in all three cars, or run the same driver in all three cars. Drag racing is more of a science than this video shows and winning a single pull means nothing.

    We see no ET times, no trap times… nothing. This was not an *actual* drag race.
    I would hope Europeans would come to admire the sport, but this spectacle was *not* drag racing.

    • DEman19901

      Stock for stock, a Hellcat has never or never will beat a GTR of 911 Turbo in a 1/4 mile never. This has been well documented. Nothing surprising here. I knew that the Hellcat lost before the video even started.

  • Golden G. Richard III

    The Hellcat driver is clueless. Not even remotely an interesting or fair comparison.

  • infidel9032

    Load them up with 5 passengers and see the outcome. Oh…..wait …. only one of the three seats 5. In the real world, in a 1/4 mile or 1/8 mile drag race the Hellcat wins every time. Happens every day at drag strips all across America and on the street, stop light to stop light.

    Challenger Hellcat’s routinely run 10.90’s stock and 10.70’s with street legal drag radials in the hands of a normal driver with average competency.

    • DEman19901

      Enough of the war stories. Hellcat’s are not faster in the 1/4 than GTRs or 911 Turbos. NEVER

  • Christopher Singh

    Seriously?!?!? A Turbo S, Hellcat, and just a standard base GT-R?!?!? REALLY?? WHY NOT A NISMO??

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