Chevy Camaro ZL1 and Dodge Challenger Hellcat Drag Race have a surprising result

Chevrolet and his rivalry with Ford and cleverness always been a fierce. All equally capable in the muscle car scene, but the battle to beat each other never ends. The Chevrolet Camaro has a loyal following, as does the Dodge Challenger. While the latter stays true to its muscle car roots, the Chevy, on the other hand, has gotten a little more civilized.


Both the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Hellcats are cars that need no introduction. One is straight from hell, while the other is there to send it back. If you’ve ever doubted which of these American thoroughbreds is better, here’s Freedom Street Garage with a test, where the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and the Chevy Camaro ZL1 race in a 1/8-mile drag race. We agree, it’s a little different from the usual quarter-mile exercise we’re used to, but a change is always refreshing.

The result surprised us, but both cars were at their maximum when crossing the line. It was a legitimate attempt to run multiple times without throttle shenanigans in the last second, if you were wondering. Oh, the Chevy won, by the way.

Before we get into the why and how, here’s Freedom Street Garage giving you the chance to win this exact Camaro ZL1 and another $10,000 in cash as part of their giveaway. For more information, visit their website.


Meet the participants: 2022 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1

The Chevrolet Camaro has turned into something between a sports car and a muscle car. But before you get discouraged, the combination has benefited the Camaro in multiple ways. Thanks to its sports car-derived features, the Camaro doesn’t feel like a boat when thrown into a corner, something the Dodge Challenger can only dream of. In addition, the interior feels a step above the Challenger, which you will notice when you spend time with the two. But more importantly, the Camaro can be just as good at laying straight elves as it is at going to the mall.

However, with the ZL1, the Camaro becomes a completely different animal. Under the hood is a 6.2L supercharged V8 that puts out 650 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque. Chevy equipped the ZL1 with a 1.7L supercharger and 10 heat exchangers to keep the inside cool. In addition, the muscle car gets Magnetic ride control with selectable driving modes. Braking is made possible by powerful Brembo brakes, six-piston front and four-piston rear. Oh, the ZL1 also has a differential lock and a 10-speed automatic that sends power only to the rear wheels. When it comes to the ZL1, performance and style take precedence over things like cup holders and boot space.

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Meet the Contestants: 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

It’s no surprise that the lines between a sports car and a muscle car are blurring in today’s automotive jargon. But the fact is, if there’s one car we’d call good muscle, it’s the Challenger, specifically the Hellcat. What you’ll find under the hood is a 6.2L supercharged Hemi that puts out a whopping 717 horsepower and 656 lb-ft of torque. Okay, that’s a lot of oomph, but keep in mind the Challenger is getting a little old. For something that handles like a boat, the Challenger – despite its age – is still a force to be reckoned with.

Speaking of handling, Dodge equips the Hellcat with active Bilstein suspension, in addition to six-piston Brembo brakes at the front and four-piston rear. The supercharged Hemi sends power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, with a limited-slip differential for better traction.

As for the inside, you won’t be surprised with hi-tech electronic wizardry. You get the usual U-connect 8.4-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Everything else is the same as any Challenger, to be honest. But the Hellcat was never about garish interiors. It’s the raw, unadulterated experience you pay for. If you’re wondering, the Hellcat has a 2.4 liter supercharger, which is about the size of most regular car engines. So it’s clearly meant for speed and speed.

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Camaro ZL1 Vs Challenger Hellcat: The 1/8-Mile Drag Race Left Us Surprised

As you can see, the competitors are not slow. Chevy took the win fair and square, though. Weighing in at 3,886 lbs, the ZL1 is significantly lighter than the 4,415-pound Challenger, giving the Camaro an advantage despite being underpowered. But honestly, the results would have been different if it had been a quarter mile race. The Chevy led the race early on, but you can see the Challenger overtaking. Determining those horsepower still reigns supreme. However, what the ZL1 has managed to do despite having nearly 100 horsepower less is something worth appreciating. Follow Freedom Street Garage to keep up to date with what’s coming up.

Sources: Freedom Street Garage

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