Tesla Model 3 Performance Obliterates Charger Hellcat From A Standstill

This power struggle, no pun intended, between internal combustion engines and fully electric powertrains will definitely not be put to rest anytime soon.

As things stand right now, they each have their strong points when it comes to accelerating in a straight line. However, this particular Charger Hellcat also happens to be a RWD model, which means that in most instances, getting it to put all of its power down efficiently can be a struggle, especially off the line.

The flip side of that is that you have plenty of power to begin with.

The Charger Hellcat is propelled by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engine, producing 707 HP (717 PS) and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm) of torque. On paper, it’s capable of hitting 60 mph (96 km/h) in about 3.5 seconds, which is almost as good as what the Tesla Model 3 Performance can do. However, races are almost never won on paper.

With 450 horses and about 471 lb-ft (639 Nm) of instant torque at its disposal, the Tesla Model 3 Performance will rocket to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, and will do so without struggling to put all of its grunt down thanks to its all-wheel drive system.

Also watch: Tesla Model 3 Performance Devours The Nurburgring, Overtaking Car After Car

Now, if you think the Dodge got completely embarrassed by the Tesla in this video, you’d only be half right. After the standstill drag race, the guys from Throttle House decided to do a rolling race as well, in order to give the RWD brute a fighting chance.

We’ll let you find out for yourselves who won that and by what margin.


  • Dark Rebel

    Two different buyers for these vehicles. Anyone who understands physics/numbers is not surprised by this. The hellcat still wins in my book because it has a soul!

    • Benjamin Werblow

      Driving a model 3 is much more exhilarating, better feel for the road and much more in tune with your surroundings.

  • Craig

    The Trackhawk has AWD. Why can’t the Charger Hellcat?

    • D3Seeker

      While under the same tent? Jeep and Dodge are two different brands. The Charger is a muscle car through and through while the Jeep has to still Jeep, albiet with the craziest engine they’ve been blessed with.

    • Paul

      It can and it should, the police setups have it but they are governed at 155 and have had recalls on them and things breaking with the power so I don’t think they want to warranty awd’s that repeatedly have issues, as far as these stupid tests comparing apples and oranges, you’re always going to beat a gasoline engine even with awd because they have electric motors at each wheel but as previously stated by someone else, in “Ludicrous mode” they will lose significant battery power doing so while down the track I could be rounding that tri oval at 207mph and still have quite a bit left in the tank!

  • Super Goon

    Gasoline will never match the throttle response time of electricity, period.

    • Six_Tymes

      you really think there is anyone here that doesn’t know that? it’s VERY OLD NEWS

    • Dark Rebel

      Your response is partially correct. The old technology of electric motors provide that instant torque. Gasoline at the moment still has a higher energy density than any battery tech for now.

    • Ben

      Performance hybrids offer all the benefits an EV does. We can attach a pancake motor to the transmission in order to accelerate off the line like and EV, but have an ICE to continue pulling and be….fun.

  • Mr. EP9

    Another day, another predictable Tesla drag racing video. These have gotten old.

  • walter

    And I will still take that charger anyday over that Tesla.

  • D3Seeker

    Oh look, another newcomer stumbled into a Tesla and decided to do the PREDICTABLE!

  • Haywood Jablowme

    What kind of meathead buys a Hellcat anyways?

  • Christian Wimmer

    And the Tesla lost like 20% battery power during that drag race…whereas the ICE-powered car burned maybe less than not even a quarter of a liter of gasoline. 😀

    • HD

      Wrong, and boring…

    • Benjamin Werblow

      The Tesla used far less energy for the race than the Hellcat

  • Hass

    No one ever use to race from a rolling start…. Until they found out that’s the only way to have a shot against a tesla.

    • Mack Knife

      A shot against a Tesla? A shot is all the Tesla can do. It can’t take you for a weekend anywhere. Maybe Tesla drivers are only shoot your wad type people, quick but no staying power.

      • Hass

        The tesla envy is strong with you lol

      • Benjamin Werblow

        I went from northern upstate NY to Maryland in day, no problem.

    • Nick099

      That is not true. With the advent of traction control, launch control, active suspensions, and just plain interfering programming, testing of many high-power exotics have had to be done from a rolling start.

      This has been going on for quite a few years now.

      • Hass

        You kinda just confirmed it… We’re not talking exotics here.

    • Greg Sanchez

      rolling start is the most optimal way of testing car vs car, regardless of brand, because there are very little other variables affecting the outcome aside from power and weight. imo is more representative of real world outcome as most random street races are from a roll anyways.

      • Hass

        I can’t speak for the rest of the world, but in Colorado, we always raced from a standstill.

        • Greg Sanchez

          well you can race whichever way you prefer im just saying rolling race is a more optimal way of comparing just car vs car.

          • Hass

            How do you handle false starts? Who gets to do the countdown to start? Is it on the third honk or 1…2…3…go? It’s such an awkward way to race because you can never really tell if the other guy punched the throttle just early enough to get that edge. Whereas from a standstill it’s easy to see when someone jumps. Just sayin.

          • Greg Sanchez

            yea third honk. false starts dont really have a significant impact in roll racing(unless its a huge false start obv). most of the time, if the other car jumps the gun and your car is genuinely faster, you will reel him in eventually, which is why i believe roll racing is a better way to compare machine vs machine. both cars side by side, both full throttle, you can easily tell which car is faster.

  • Mack Knife

    What about a race from 0-400 miles? Oh yeah, make it in the same day. Ever ride in a Tesla. Every drive does the head jerking start and lane change because that is all the car is really able to do. Mediocre build quality,

  • Aaron K. McNeil

    The idiot has the Hellcat driving though water. Of course it could not lock up.

    BTW, the upgraded Hellcats are now laying waste to ALL TESLAS at the top end.

  • David Gray

    I wouldn’t care if the Tesla could do 0 to 60 in 2 seconds and then fly to the moon, I would take that Hellcat over the Tesla any day!! I’m not a Tesla fan and I’m not impressed with their cars!

  • HD

    Where can you do 206mph? Maybe once in your life on a perfect day on the Autobahn.

  • Ben

    Why is this still news?

    Yes, we know an electric vehicle that has a full battery, on a fairly warm day, with primed batteries will smoke about anything, for a quarter of a mile. We also know, past that quarter mile, the tables turn and the ICE vehicle catches up.

    tl:dr – If you like 10 second rollercoster rides, get an electric car. If you like prolonged racing, modifying a vehicle for more power and audible pleasure while driving, stick with ICE vehicles.

    • Benjamin Werblow

      I’m confident my model 3 would roast the hellcat on a track.

      • Ben

        You make me ashamed that we share the same name….from here on, you are SHUNNED from the Benjamin clan for LIFE….. may God help you. I think you should consider a name change. Perhaps the Jeffery’s will take you in or maybe the Gregory’s will have pity on your soul.

  • john1168

    Doesn’t matter. I’d still rather have the Hellcat.

  • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ🍑

    The Tesla is a beast!

  • Drew

    Tesla Model 3= Interior by IKEA, Exterior by Barbie.

  • Drew

    I bet that nincompoop driving the charger didn’t even do a 0 to 60 in 5 seconds with his lack of skill.

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