This Challenger doesn’t have a prayer against this Hellcat, but we still love seeing muscle cars shoot down speedways regardless.
To be fair to this Dodge Challenger SRT 392, it has (according to the video description) been tuned and had its catalytic converters removed. Apparently, they don’t test for emissions in Saudi Arabia, which we’re not all that surprised to hear given how much oil that country pumps out of the ground.
But it’s got a very steep hill to climb to make up for the power difference between it and a Hellcat. The Challenger 392 has a 6.4-L HEMI V8 (or 392 cubic inches, hence the name) which produces 485 hp and 476 lb-ft. The Hellcat, on the other hand, has a supercharged 6.2-L HEMI V8 which produces 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque.Does removing catalytic converters make up for nearly 250 hp? Probably not. Does a tuneup and a 100 lb weight difference swing things a little more in favor of the 392? Of course not.
But that’s not the point. A Challenger 392 taking on a Hellcat isn’t about seeing who wins, it’s about seeing which one makes the most glorious noise and the largest plume of smoke in the pre-race burnout. It’s about putting your foot down to the floor and not relenting until you reach the finish line, regardless of the outcome.
Although for this race they started from 80 kph (50 mph), so it’s more like a restrained foot until the reach the first pylon. It looks like Saudi Arabia follows a more European style of drag racing that’s far less likely to result in a blown differential.
Both cars have a good start (hard to do when it’s a rolling one), and while it seems the green 392 gets a tiny lead, it’s quickly crushed by the Hellcat’s roaring supercharger. By the time the two cars are finished, the Hellcat’s lead has grown to several car lengths.
But both muscle cars looked great doing their thing, and that’s really all that matters.