Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye And Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE Go To War

Both the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 1LE prove that the U.S. continues to produce some of the fiercest and most over-the-top performance cars on the planet. Which is best?

The guys over at Throttle House recently had the opportunity to pit the two against each other in a clip that highlights the strengths of both cars.

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Kicking off the review is a drag race between the pair. On paper, the Hellcat Redeye has the obvious advantage as its 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine delivers 797 hp and 707 lb-ft (957 Nm) of torque. By comparison, the Camaro ZL1 1LE uses a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft (881 Nm). The Hellcat tested featured an automatic transmission while the Camaro had a manual. It shouldn’t shock anyone then that it is the Dodge that takes an easy win in the drag race.

It’s a different story when it comes to the race track. The Camaro ZL1 1LE is right at home on a circuit and comes from the factory with extraordinary levels of adjust-ability that allow it to be tweaked to suit any particular track.

The best time recorded with the Challenger Hellcat Redeye was a 1:16.08, placing it behind the likes of the BMW M2 Competition, Tesla Model 3 Performance, Honda Civic Type R, and new Toyota Supra. By comparison, the Camaro ZL1 1LE recorded a blistering 1:11.12, almost a full five seconds faster than the Dodge.

Which would you rather own? Let us know below.

 

  • TheAmerican2point0

    Those look so good

  • Craig

    The number of times that I’ve driven my car on a track? ZERO.

    • Ben

      What’s your ride?

      • Craig

        A 300C SRT8. But I owned a BMW M3 and an NSX . [Among other things]

        • Ben

          Nice ride, shame they stopped giving the 300 V8s and support like they did with the Charger.

          • Craig

            The V8 is standard on the 300C. And it gets to 60 in about 5.6 seconds or so. Pretty good considering. But yes… it’s unfortunate that FCA is [seemingly and intentionally] out to kill the 300. And it’s a stupid move on their part. The 300 basically has that market to itself given that the Taurus and Impala are gone. [Among others]

  • Emoto

    What were the 1/4 mile times?

  • GobbleUp

    Unwatchable

  • alexxx

    800 horses yet slower then 300 hp Civic?! Wait what?!

    • Matt

      Yeah on a tight track a lighter, grippier car is going to be faster because HP becomes almost irrelevant.

      • alexxx

        Yes of course,but still sounds weird….

  • Matt

    So the Camaro is a manual but still has paddle shifters (painted red), do they serve any function? ie. Change drive modes like on an M-car?

    • SteersUright

      Drive modes. Its utterly stupid and cheapo typical of GM, move. They should only have been in the automatic camaros where they make sense.

  • SteersUright

    Camaro is a stunning performance machine truly deserving of better driver ergonomics. Its such a performance bargain and would, in my mind, sell significantly more if the random person that sits in one actually feels comfortable and confident, not trapped in a massive black cocoon they cant see out of. That aside, its performance it incomparable in its price range and I truly wish GM keeps this car alive for years to come. Its a few relatively easy fixes from a brilliant overall package.
    The Dodge? Meh. Its pretty. I like the green alot and the wider fenders are awesome. For dragstrip fans, I can definitely see the appeal. For me? Too much engine that I’d probably hurt myself exploring plus, I enjoy car that are brlliant in corners every bit as much as in a straightline. That said, I love that Dodge make these, truly do. They’re an injection of huge fun in whats becoming a boring, commoditized industry.

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