Mitsubishi Galant Shows Dodge Challenger Hellcat That The Impossible Is Possible

The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat reigned supreme at the drag strip for a couple of years but is no longer the dominant force it once was as new production cars and tweaked tuner cars have started to show it up.

In the latest, and perhaps most embarrassing smackdown against the Hellcat, a dingy Mitsubishi Galant has managed to outsprint the brutal muscle car in the U.S.

We were sent this clip by a reader and while it is short on details about the Galant in question, it shows the punchy four-cylinder sedan taking home a comfortable win down the quarter mile, all despite missing second gear for a brief moment.

Never underestimate the Japanese…

If you look closely at the clip, you’ll notice very little wheelspin from the Galant, indicating that it is one of the all-wheel drive models which were sold in select markets.

Despite the vehicle’s docile looks, it was actually offered from the factory in a number of high-performance guises, especially through the latest 1980s and early 1990s. The most powerful engine sold with the Galant was the twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter 6A12TT V6 that featured double-overhead cams and delivered 237 hp at 6000 rpm and 228 lb-ft of torque at 3500 rpm.

While we have no confirmation about what engine is powering this Galant, we wouldn’t be surprised if it was this powertrain, outfitted with a plethora of aftermarket modifications to lift power well beyond the 300 hp mark.

The Japanese sedan managed to run an 11.762-second quarter mile at 126 mph (202 km/h). On a good day, the Hellcat can set low-11 second quarter mile times but evidently, the driver didn’t get the best out of it.

Update: As some of our astute readers have mentioned, the Galant in question appears to be fitted with the formidable 4G63 four-cylinder, also used in the Evo.


  • ksegg

    This just reminds of a quote:

    “You only think I guessed wrong! That’s what’s so funny! I switched glasses when your back was turned! Ha ha! You fool! You fell victim to one of the classic blunders – the most famous of which is “never get involved in a land war in Asia” – but only slightly less well-known is this: “Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line”! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! Ha ha ha…*falls dead*”

    ……is probably what the Hellcat thought when thinking it can easily beat a heavily modified Mitsubishi from the 90’s.

  • Bash

    Wicked! Fun but wicked!!!

  • Jason Miller

    It’s a VR-4. 2.0L 4G63 turbo and AWD. Doesn’t take much to make them quick.

  • john1168

    I have a feeling the Hellcat driver knew what he was up against before starting this race.

    • disqus_6YPfWl1zlL

      Yeah but you cant fix how ugly that Galant is.

  • Jason Miller

    This is an early 90’s example. Definitely the 4G63.

  • Bo Hanan

    It’s a 4.
    I owned two of them and in the mountains of Colorado they were formidable.

    • Astonman

      “they were formidable.” This quote reminds me of comparisons of the World War 2 fighters. Love the use of it here.

  • Harlan McCartney

    Yeah I noticed that. Bad launch, missed shifts, not in the power band…..

    • skippysVR4

      Not that you could hear his car over mine. He cut a good 60 foot time just looked slow cause I ran a 1.5 60 foot. And cut him down with a .023 reaction time. The tire screeching was the awd car. Crazy huh. Just face it he got over powered.

  • Edward Luck

    It pains me when people say the 2.0 litre 6A12TT was the most powerful engine sold, which isn’t correct. From factory, the 2.5 litre 6A13TT was the most powerful engine sold BUT it is not the one you can get the most power out of. That award goes to the 4G63 in the Galant VR4 shown in the video, which can be boosted to the moon with a very healthy aftermarket for parts to do so. I have an 8th gen Galant (wagon) with the 6A13TT and stock power is 206kw at the crank (and measured 132kw at all four wheels on an AWD dyno). That car is being fitted with a forged motor right now and will only be 300kw at all four wheels or about 380kw at the crank. Getting much more means custom single turbo modification and a whole lot of pipework and manifold costs. It will still be a beast but it’s no 4G63.

  • Leroy Brown

    The hellcat didn’t get beat… the dumbass behind the wheel who didn’t know how to drive got beat. A hellcat doing a 14 second 1/4 isn’t a reflection of the car.

  • ToddP2

    The Hellcat got out of the throttle after about 3-4 seconds. That’s easy to see. Driver error for sure.

    • skippysVR4

      Yeah he gave up. Not an error. Just a Slow car.

      • ToddP2

        If it makes you feel better, sure. But fact is the same. It was plain as day that the HC wasn’t in it all the way and backed out into the run. Not saying your modified car wouldn’t have got him. But then what? Who really expects to lose against stock vehicles when big mods are made? Lol! I never understood why people make a big deal out of modified cars beating factory stock cars. Again, if it makes you feel better. How about you buy a stock a stock Galant and bring it back?

        • skippysVR4

          I feel great remember I won. Again this is a much faster purpose built drag car. But don’t worry I built it to hurt feelings and they are never mine. It’s street legal and on the street it would always end this way. Oh and if you gave me hellcat money I can build a crappie new Galant that would kill it. Boost solves everthing. I’m not some rich guy who can go buy a factory drag car. Stop acting like he was in a sensible car 6.4 liter engine and a 2.3 liter blower against my 2.0 liter. Sounds fair. But I’m the one with the advantage ? Seriously?

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