C8 Corvette Drag Races Dodge Hellcat for American V8 Supremacy

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What's your favorite modern-day American V8-powered car? If you said the C8 (or C7) Chevrolet Corvette or the recently discontinued Challenger Hellcat series from Dodge, then you have come to the right place, as you are about to watch several battles between these rides.
Filmed at drag strips nationwide, including the famous Las Vegas Motor Speedway, the video embedded at the bottom of this page is a compilation. Thus, you may have seen some of these quarter-mile battles, yet not all of them. The footage is almost ten minutes long, and it's a good excuse to take a short break from whatever you are doing and just hit the play button.

Mind you, don't do that just yet, as we still have to talk you through these models, starting with the Hellcat versions of the previous generation Dodge Challenger for no particular reason. In its base configuration, the fabulous 6.2-liter supercharged V8 was good for a little over 700 horsepower. Some models came with 800+ hp, and the mighty Demon 170 topped the family.

This magnificent machine enjoys a neck-snapping 1,025 horsepower in its top form and puts 945 pound-foot (1,280 Nm) of torque under the driver's right foot. According to Dodge, it is a true champ down the quarter-mile, with the run taking a whopping 8.91 seconds at 151.17 mph (243.28 kph). As for the zero to sixty mph (0 to 97 kph) sprint, it is a 1.66-second affair. Keep in mind that the Demon 170 does not need any modifications to achieve these numbers.

Chevy Corvette vs\. Hellcat
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The current Corvette lineup comprises three members in the bowtie brand's stable. The base one is the Stingray, priced from $68,300. A true blue-collar supercar, it has up to 495 hp with the optional exhaust system installed or five horsepower less without it. The LT2 V8 enables an 11.2-second 1/4-mile run, 2.9 seconds to 60, and a 194 mph (312 kph) top speed.

The more track-focused Corvette Z06 starts at $112,700, plus destination, and its 5.5-liter flat-plane crank V8, which was developed with Ferrari's indirect expertise, produces 670 horsepower. With the optional Z07 Performance Package, this model takes an impressive 2.6 seconds to reach 60 mph from a standstill.

Last but not least, Chevy's C8 Corvette lineup also includes the E-Ray. This is an all-wheel drive electrified proposal that can be yours from $104,900. It can deal with the quarter-mile in 10.5 seconds, does the 0-60 mph in 2.5 seconds, and boasts 655 horsepower combined. The automaker also has the range-topping ZR1 in the final stages of development, and it is expected this summer.

Now, if you had to pick a winner between a C8 Corvette Stingray and a Challenger SRT Hellcat, which one do you think would be faster down the quarter mile?

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About the author: Cristian Gnaticov
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After a series of unfortunate events put an end to Cristian's dream of entering a custom built & tuned old-school Dacia into a rally competition, he moved on to drive press cars and write for a living. He's worked for several automotive online journals and now he's back at autoevolution after his first tour in the mid-2000s.
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