It’s a battle of modern muscle cars as a stock Dodge SRT Hellcat takes on a modified Chevy Camaro SS.
This is a great matchup, according to the video description. On the left is a tuned 2018 Chevrolet Camaro SS. At birth, the SS came with a 6.2-L LT1 V8 (same as on the Corvette Stingray) producing 455 hp and 455 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels through either a 6-speed manual or 10-speed automatic with a zero to sixty time of 4.0 seconds.
However, this Camaro has obviously had some work done. The massive bulge and hood scoop is likely hiding a big ‘ol supercharger that will bring the SS Camaro more in line with its ZL1 big brother. The video description says it now produces 700 hp or fifty more than the ZL1. The ZL1 boasts a quarter-mile time in the low 11-second range, so here’s hoping this SS at least gets that quick of a drag time.
Meanwhile, the Hellcat is bone stock. That means a 6.2-L supercharged HEMI V8 with 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 3.3 seconds with a top speed of 204 mph.
The Camaro SS should have the weight advantage as the Charger is a big, hulking brute of a sedan with at least 800 more pounds to carry. This should make the Camaro a shoo-in.
And yet, it seems that big hood scoop is all show and no go. Both cars decline their burnouts, which might be the reason why they both have rather languid starts. However, the Hellcat quickly pulls ahead of the Camaro SS and doesn’t relent until it reaches the finish line.
The Hellcat finished in 12.56 seconds at 121.56 mph, while the Camaro managed to post a time of 12.87 seconds at 117.81 mph.
Just to rub salt in the wound, an old-school 1969 Camaro shows up right at the end to show the new-school Camaro just how it’s done. It just goes to show that performance is not always measured by hood scoops and bulges.