It can hardly be called one of the greatest rivalries among American automakers; that honor of course goes to the Chevrolet-Ford rivalry. Chrysler/Dodge? They don’t really factor in as a major player in the sports/muscle car scene.
That said, we are simply dying of curiosity. Which propels itself quicker through the quarter-mile: the light, sleek, 460 HP Chevy Corvette Stingray? Or the heavy, square, 707 HP Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat?
Yahoo! News set out to answer that question for us lovers of speed. First, let’s look at the numbers: 4,469 pound curb weight from the Challenger, versus 3,436 pounds in the Corvette. That’s assuming a manual transmission in both cars; the difference in weight from equipping an automatic is negligible for our purposes.
That means the Corvette Stingray has about a 1,000 pound advantage over the Challenger Hellcat, plus some change. Meanwhile, the Dodge also has a much larger face exposed to the wind, and from the looks of things, a much higher drag coefficient. So, the Corvette has the advantage in terms of aerodynamic drag, as well. By about a mile.
But then there’s that nagging issue of horsepower; 707, versus 460. This is a genuine David vs. Goliath sort of situation that’s developed. Yahoo! News predicted that the Stingray would hook-up and launch much more efficiently than the Hellcat, but would exhaust its lead at about the eighth-mile mark, ultimately losing to the brutish Hellcat.
How did the drag race shake out? Head over to Yahoo! News and watch the video to find out.