Dodge Challenger Hellcat Is Awesome, But Buick Made Its Own Hellcat First

Mar 28, 2017 04:30 AM EDT | Paul Urban

Dodge Challenger Hellcat is one of the most talked about beast of a ride, however, Buick made its own version of Hellcat. Unknown to many, Buick made its first powerful ride which even dates back several decades ago. Sure the Challenger Hellcat promises so much insane power, but back in the days, such beast of a ride did not even come as muscle car.

According to Motor 1, back in the 1940's Buick's version of Hellcat came in the form of a tank destroyer and went on to hold the record as the fastest full-tracked, armored fighting vehicle of the second World War according to Auctions America. These were manufactured between 1943 and 1944 by Buick called the M18 and sold over 2,500 units.

One of these historical icons will be auctioned off and is expected to fetch the price between $275,000 and $350,000. This is definitely much more expensive than the highly anticipated Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat. This is a monster and is a tank destroyer so it is an absolute heavy-weight for weighing 20 tons, which is 10 times heavier than the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat.

Buick's M18 Hellcat is powered by a gargantuan nine-cylinder, air-cooled Continental gasoline engine producing 350-horsepower. Its fuel efficiency is insane. This will definitely chug down gas like a blood-sucking thirsty giant monster. End of the day, it is for the sake of comparison as no one will ever be driving this on the road, hopefully.

As added by Car and Driver, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat has a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 which can produce an insane 707-horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque mated with either six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic. The automatic is faster as it can accelerate from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds while the manual is still fast, just lagging behind for 3 milliseconds.

Buick's version of Hellcat, the M18 is definitely a great piece to have especially for those who want to have a historical icon as part of their daily lives. This is even perfect as an accent and star piece in a museum dedicated to war. It is one beast of a ride that doesn't serve its purpose and is nothing in comparison to Dodge Challenger Hellcat which are completely worlds apart. However, it is great to know that such an iconic muscle car is patterned after a demonic ride from the past.

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