2 of the fastest modern muscle cars take their beef to the track

Whether you’re a fan of the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or the Dodge Charger Hellcat, you can’t go wrong with their extremely powerful supercharged V8s.

When it comes to drag racing, there are few modern muscle cars that feel right at home on the track. One of them is the To dodge Hellcat Widebody Loader. It has a recipe for success when it comes to straight-line speed and remains one of the most popular muscle cars on sale today.

With its supercharged 6.2-liter V8 developing 797 hp, it is also one of the most powerful production cars. In fact, Dodge even engineered this beast to have some of the best performance on the drag strip.

In a car like the widebody Dodge Charger Hellcat, there will be a few contenders who want to challenge for its place on the muscle car throne. One of these cars is the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. In a recent video from the Wheels YouTube channel, these two American rivals take their beef to the track to see who the best modern muscle car really is.

Chevy Camaro ZL1 Vs Dodge Charger Hellcat Widebody

Although the Camaro is a little less powerful than the Hellcat, it can still hold its own. The ZL1 Camaro’s supercharged 6.2-litre V8 develops an impressive 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. It is also the same engine as the C7 Corvette Z06. With so much power and torque, the challenge is getting traction considering all that power going only to the rear wheels. The Camaro is also a bit lighter at 3,907 pounds. compared to the Charger Hellcat’s curb weight of 4,595 lbs.

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However, the weight advantage is not enough to claim victory. The Charger Hellcat takes the win with a quarter-mile time of 12.55 seconds at 118.68 mph against the Camaro’s time of 13.74 seconds at 121.44 mph. Although the video does not state the specs of the cars, it can be assumed that they are near stock due to trap speeds and 1/4 mile times. In fact, a stock Hellcat should be able to achieve a 1/4 mile time of 10.96 seconds.

It just goes to show that weather, altitude, driver skill, and other factors can drastically reduce a vehicle’s performance.

The future of the muscle car

As much as we love the sound of good old American V8s, the industry is moving in a different direction. Dodge’s recent announcement of their new Charger Daytona SRT EV may upset muscle car purists, but the internal combustion engine is dying out.

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Dodge isn’t alone in looking at the future of muscle cars with electric vehicles in mind. Ford has created an SUV called Mustang Mach-E. Rumors are also swirling about Chevrolet building electrified Corvettes and Camaros. While there is still time for gasoline engines in muscle cars, they are unlikely to stick around for quite some time.

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