Dodge’s 2015 Challenger Hellcat stirred the American muscle car pot like never before. Suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, the Challenger was now the fastest of the United States’ three pony cars, but does that make it a better car than the Camaro and the Mustang? That’s what Motor Trend’s Johnny Lieberman hoped to find out in the latest episode of Head 2 Head.
Lieberman took the 707 horsepower Hellcat and the most powerful Camaro in production, the ZL1, up to Mount Tamalpais in California to see which is the better package. As Lieberman says, the ZL1 was considered king of its segment for a bit, with magnetic ride control, a usable 580 horsepower on tap, Brembo brakes and a well-sorted chassis. But these cars are all about fun, and by the end of the episode, he seems to think the Hellcat wins in that regard.
Can the ZL1 keep up with the new king of the horsepower throne? To find out, Motor Trend had the California Highway Patrol close off a section of road and sent both cars racing down it in a time-trial type race. Check out the video below for the result.