Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Challenger Hellcat, Who Wins This Ultimate Drag Race? [VIDEO]

Dec 22, 2016 05:26 AM EST | Mariechris Felipe

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Hennessey Performance pits two of America's most powerful muscle cars against each other: the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 vs Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Who will be the leader of this drag race? The answer is in the transmission. Watch the entertaining race here.

The Contenders

The guys at Hennessey Performance previously matched up the Chevy Camaro ZL1 against other powerful muscle cars like the Corvette Z06. This time, they want to test its power against the massive Dodge Challenger Hellcat, according to TheDrive.

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat used in the test equips an automatic eight-speed transmission. As standard, this vehicle offers 707 hp and 881 Nm of torque and can go from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. Now, thanks to the preparation done by Hennessey Performance, the Dodge Challenger Hellcat has 742 hp and a maximum torque of 928 Nm.

While the Dodge Challenger Hellcat continues to lead the muscle car world in terms of power, it is not sufficiently useful in circuits. By comparison, the 2017 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 has other ingredients that make it more skillful on the track, thanks to increased downforce of about 500 kg.

The new Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 rides a LT4 supercharged 6.2-liter V8 capable of delivering 650 hp, the same as the Chevrolet Corvette Z06. It will be associated with a six-speed manual gearbox, but one can also have a 10-speed automatic. Regarding the wheels, it will have a Goodyear Eagle F1 Supercar 285 / 30ZR20 in the front, while the rear shoes will be 305/30.

The Result

The Dodge Challenger Hellcat emerged victorious in this drag race because in almost all of the pulls, it managed to squeak out a slight lead over the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, according to RoadandTrack. One one will enjoy the roaring of the cars so much that by the end, it really doesn't matter which muscle car won.

Also, at the end of the video, head tuner and general power-mad man John Hennessey explains that it was the automatic transmission that gave the Dodge Challenger Hellcat a small advantage. Everyone at Hennessey also agrees that if the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 had automatic transmission, or both cars were manual, the ZL1 might have won.

Do you agree with the guys at Hennessey? Watch the video and decide for yourself.

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