We’re not sure what this Chrysler 300 driver was thinking when they decided to go up against a Dodge Charger Hellcat, but at least the engine noise is monumental.
Let’s just get this off our chest. A Chrysler 300, even the somewhat muscular SRT-8 version, is no match for a Hellcat. The Hellcat has over 200 additional horses under the hood and can reach sixty miles per hour from zero nearly a full second faster.
Just about the only thing the SRT has going for it is a somewhat lighter weight. It seems doubtful that 150 lbs will be the difference between winning and losing.
But when the siren’s song of the drag strip calls, gearheads will come running with whatever they have on hand and hope that they can make up for lost horses by being a superior driver. Never mind the fact that all the driver has to do is put their foot down and drive in a straight line.
Both cars have the same 8-speed automatic transmissions, so there’s no gear shifting.
On the left, we have the 2018 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat. Powered by a 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8, the Charger gets 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 204 mph.
On the right, a pre-2015 Chrysler 300 SRT-8. We know it’s before 2015 since they were discontinued for that model year. Under the hood is a 6.4-L HEMI V8 producing 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Those would be fine numbers if the challenger was a Mustang GT or a Charger 392 Scat Pack, but the Hellcat is just in an entirely different league.
Both cars have a decent burnout, and the Chrysler manages a decent start off the line while the Charger seems to squeal its tires. But then the Charger catches a grip and walks ahead of the 300 like it’s not even there.
The Charger finished in 12.64 seconds at 119.12 mph, while the Chrysler SRT-8 finished in 13.22 seconds at 107.43 mph.