The more things change, the more they stay the same. Watching a Chevrolet Camaro, Ford Mustang, and Dodge Challenger line up for a drag race is something folks like us have enjoyed for about half a century now, but frankly, it never gets old, especially when dealing with the latest and greatest from all three camps. And that’s exactly what we get with the following seven-minute, 50-second video from edmunds.
In the GM corner, we have the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, which arrives with the 1LE Track Package. Peak output hits the rear wheels with 650 ponies and 650 pound-feet of torque thanks to the supercharged 6.2L LT4 V8, while the optional 10-speed automatic transmission handles the cog swaps.
Up next is a Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 with the optional Carbon Fiber Track Pack. Behind the snake badge is a supercharged 5.2L V8 making 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque. The blown ’eight mates to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
Finally, we have a Dodge Challenger Hellcat, which is equipped with the optional Redeye Widebody trim. Making it go is another supercharged 6.2L V8 producing 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque, all of which is sent rearwards through an eight-speed transmission.
So then – three ultra-high-performance muscle cars battling it out for straight-line dominance. Which will walk away the winner?
Of course, there’s a huge number of variables involved in answering that question. For example, the conditions aren’t exactly ideal here, with frigid ambient temperature and an un-prepped track surface keeping traction at a minimum. The cold temperatures are particularly troublesome for the Chevrolet Camaro, given it comes equipped with heat-sensitive Goodyear Eagle F1 SuperCar 3R tires.
Even so, watching these three beasts go all-out in a side-by-side-by-side drag race is definitely exciting. The choir of supercharged V8 muscle is by itself worth hitting that play button.