Dodge Challenger Redeye vs. Audi R8 Drag Race Is Mere Warm Up for One of Them

It is the United States versus Germany, rear- versus all-wheel-drive (apparently), and muscle car versus supercar in this drag race, which shows a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye going toe-to-toe with a second-generation Audi R8.
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If we were to place a little bet based on the specs of the two vehicles alone, then the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye would get ours. That’s because it is more powerful than its ad-hoc rival, boasting 797 HP and 707 pound-feet (957 Nm) of torque, developed by the supercharged 6.2-liter V8.

There is a big difference between having a lot of power available on tap and putting it down the right way, because despite the neck snapping amount of thrust, the Dodge needs 3.4 seconds to accelerate to 60 mph (96 kph). At 203 mph (326 kph), top speed is, however, on par with true supercars.

The balance may tilt in favor of the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye in terms of pure thrust, but the Audi R8 holds the upper ground when it comes to fast takeoffs.

We couldn’t tell you whether this example has had its naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V10 engine tuned in any way. Nonetheless, the most agile variant, the 2021 R8 V10 Performance, with its 602 HP and 413 lb-ft (560 Nm), needs 3.2 Mississippis from rest to 60 mph (97 kph), and won’t tap out before hitting 205 mph (330 kph).

So, which one do you think completed the quarter mile faster? Now head on down to see if you were right. The action starts at the 0:32 mark, but the video is only 2 minutes long, and also shows the muscle car going down the quarter mile against the clock, in order to prove its mettle. As for the R8, it met another R8 and decided to try its luck against that one too.

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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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