The Dodge Challenger hardly needs an introduction, as it is not only an iconic car, but also one of the endangered car types, with a supercharged V8. However, Cleverness has already talked about pulling the plug, giving these monstrous machines an early retirement. On the other hand, Cadillac’s fastest engine-powered car, the CT5-V Blackwing, is a special offering in the segment. Not only can it outperform overpriced European performance sedans and sports carsbut it comes with distinctive Cadillac styling.
Since these two cars have expertly helped their respective companies by offering staggering performance and great value for money, both cars deserve to compete against each other. We chose the 2022 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat to compete against the 2022 Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing to see who is the superior vehicle. To make things even clearer, we enlisted the help of a recent video posted by Sam CarLegion, which we detail below.
Dodge Challenger SRT unleashes hell on Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing
Both the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing are fantastic cars and are doing great in their respective segments. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is one of the meanest American muscle cars on the market, maintaining a comfortable stronghold among performance coupes, while the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is one of the best sport sedans on the market, but is highly underrated due to its European influence. In any case, since the V8 engine is currently an endangered niche, both cars are close to our hearts, especially for purists.
Our folks at Sam CarLegion decided to put the Challenger Hellcat and CT5-V Blackwing through their paces in a drag race where the two cars competed against each other in two dig races and two roller races.
It is important to remember that both cars have their respective advantages and disadvantages. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is 313 pounds heavier but has an automatic transmission, while the CT5-V has a more streamlined and lighter body. However, as compared above, both have very similar performance.
A breakdown of the really close Dodge vs Cadillac Race
In the first drag race, both cars started well, with launch control working dominantly to provide very good initial response and grip. However, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat takes the lead in no time, thanks to its automatic gearbox and higher power. On the second attempt, we see something similar. The Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat’s increased capacity at lower rpm and smooth shifting through the automatic transmission provide faster performance. The Challenger Hellcat triumphs in the first two drag races.
In the third race, both drivers compete in a roller race at 32 mph. Once again, the Challenger Hellcat takes the lead with slicker automatic gear changes and more accessible power at lower rpm. Things change on the fourth attempt when both drivers start the roller race at 50 mph. This time we see the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing dominate from the beginning to the end and ultimately hold the lead in the competition.
In our understanding, the Challenger Hellcat lags behind due to slower acceleration due to the higher curb weight or higher gear number, while in the CT5-V Blackwing the operator had the independence to take advantage of the higher RPMs to accelerate faster. Either way, both cars amazed us with their monstrous power and gigantic exhaust notes.
After watching these two supercharged V8 monsters race it’s clear these are both mammoths and can provide relentless thrills without breaking a sweat. What is a pity is the discontinuation of both cars due to electrification. We recommend that you buy one of these cars before it’s gone for good.
Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing takes on the Dodge Challenger Hellcat
While both cars draw power from a 6.2-liter supercharged V8, they have different mannerisms but share a common motto: pure power and performance. This race will not only determine which of the two is superior, but it will also be a showdown between GM and Stellantis, America’s two automotive titans.
The Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing is a sports sedan powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard and a 10-speed automatic transmission as an option. In this race, however, it uses the standard six-speed manual transmission and the engine offers 668 horsepower at 6,500 rpm and 659 lb-ft of torque at 3,600 rpm.
Power is sent to the rear wheels and the rear wheel drive system comes with a 3.73 axle ratio and an electronic limited slip differential with a cooler for better traction and performance.
In addition, the CT5-V Blackwing also benefits from high performance suspensions with magnetic ride control, V-driver mode, launch control and powerful six- and four-piston Brembo brakes for sportier handling. The Cadillac CT5-V weighs 4,123 pounds and takes just 3.6 seconds to reach 0-60 mph.
On the other hand, the Dodge Charger Hellcat is a thoroughbred muscle car and hardly needs any description. Powered by a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 SRT engine mated to a TorqueFlite 8-speed automatic transmission, the Stellantis Charger Hellcat produces 717 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 656 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. As with its competitor here, power is routed to the rear wheels via the 230mm rear axle with a gear ratio of 2.62 and an anti-spin rear differential.
Features such as Brembo six-piston high-performance brakes, competition suspension with adaptive dampers and rear sway bars, and SRT configurable riding modes provide an impressive driving experience. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat weighs 4,436 pounds, but it accelerates from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds because of its increased power. So let’s take a quick look at who takes the lead in a real-life drag race. We bet on the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat because of its racing background.
Sources: Dodge, Cadillac, Sam CarLegion Via YouTube