Dodge dropped their 707 horsepower Challenger Hellcat on us recently, effectively stealing the Muscle car spotlight away from the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The Hellcat features a 6.2-liter supercharged version of Dodge’s 392 Hemi engine linked up to an 8-speed automatic transmission (a 6-speed manual is available) and will take down the quarter mile in as fast as 11.2 seconds on stock tires. That makes it faster than both the GT500 and the ZL1 at the strip, so should Chevy answer back?
The ZL1 is the more track focused car out of the GT500 and the Hellcat. It has track-tuned suspension, GM’s trick Magnetic Ride Control system, multi-link rear suspension, huge Brembo six-piston brakes out front and 4-piston brakes in the rear and grippy Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar tires. If we were headed for a twisty road course, the ZL1 would be our choice.
But if you’re heading to the strip, the ZL1 is outclassed, so should GM do something about it? We know there is more meat left on the bone of the LSA engine, so a power bump could be in order, but Chevrolet would have to be careful not to out-power the upcoming 650 horsepower 2015 Corvette Z06. On the other hand, the Z06 should take care of the Hellcat in a straight line, so is building a Hellcat competitor truly necessary? We think Chevrolet will turn its attention away from the current Camaro and towards the new, Alpha-based car, what about you?