It’s a battle of old versus new when a 1968 Dodge Charger takes on a 2018 Dodge Charger SRT 392.
Generally speaking, old cars are worse than new ones. Every year, cars just keep getting faster, stronger, and more fuel efficient, to the point that modern supercars have hundreds, sometimes thousands of horses under the hood while cars from the ‘60s rarely broke the 400 hp mark.
One car that definitely got more than 400 hp was the 1968 Dodge Charger R/T. From a 7.0-L (426 cubic inch) HEMI V8 came a stampede of 425 horsepower and 490 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful cars on the road.
Of course, it being an older car meant it wasn’t particularly efficient. Most opted for the 4-speed manual since it gave you an extra gear over the 3-speed automatic. Zero to sixty was done in just under 5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 131 mph.
Meanwhile, the new 2018 Charger 392 comes with a 6.4-L HEMI V8 with 485 hp and 478 lb-ft--an extra 60 horses over the old Charger. This improves zero to sixty time by an entire 0.6 seconds (down to 4.2), and top speed has improved to 182 mph.
The new Charger is 400 lbs heavier than the old one--that’s about the only advantage the old Charger has over the new. On paper, this seems like a sure thing for the 2018 Dodge.
But sometimes it matters more who’s behind the wheel than what car they’re driving. Whoever is behind the 2018 Charger has trouble even before the race starts when they fail to burnout. You can see the front axle remains locked while the car is still being pushed forward by the rear wheels.
This likely cost the newer car the race. Despite the older car’s lack of power, it manages to create an early lead which the new Charger struggles to close.
The old Charger posts a quarter-mile time of 12.87 seconds at 114.24 mph, while the new Charger manages it in 13 dead at 108.59 mph.