Video: Stock For Stock – Hellcat Challenger Vs. Shelby GT350

If your train of thought went anything like ours, the first thing that came to your mind upon reading the title was, “This isn’t a relevant comparison – the Hellcat has nearly 180 horses on the Gt350”. And like us, you probably thought these would be easy victories for the 707-horsepower brute. After all, the Hellcat Challenger is a straight-line performer, engineered to walk away from damn near anything with a bit of throttle.8In the first run, all is right with the world, and the Challenger – short-shifting and all – pulls well away from its opponent. Boasting the supercharged, 6.2-liter V8 (that which Dodge proudly proclaims as the most powerful production V8 ever), the machine meets all our premature expectations as to how this match up would go.

In the succeeding race, however, finesses overcomes mere force. The rather angry-sounding, 526-horsepower GT350 not only holds its own against the mighty Hellcat, but effectively spanks it. For the next two races after, the GT350 aptly overcomes the the almost 200-horsepower deficit between the two cars, not once coming close to being overtaken.

But after that second round, red flags are raised as to whether better engineering or better driving is to be thanked for the GT350’s victory. Both cars are claimed to be stock, but as many of the video’s viewers have stated – the Challenger may be in need of a driver mod. The first race gives us the Challenger’s perspective, revealing that car’s driver has a thing for short shifting. That, added to its struggle for grip and late launches, seem to give the car the disadvantage in the second and third runs.

6For the fourth and final match, however, the Hellcat re-asserts its dominance, narrowly pulling away from the GT350. Both cars walk away with two victories, and we’re left here impressed with the high-winding Shelby’s performance over “the most powerful muscle car on the planet”.

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Joshua Phillips

Josh has always been captivated by cars, from legendary classics and late-model American muscle to European supercars.
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