A Dodge Challenger 392 takes on a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 in this race at the Las Vegas Motorspeedway.
Not all cars are built for the drag strip. To be a fast car is different from being fast from a standstill. Lots of cars need a foot of rollout to prevent themselves from losing traction with the asphalt and just spinning their wheels the whole damn race.
Case in point, this matchup between a Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and a Dodge Challenger. On paper, this Challenger is biting off way more than it can chew. It does have a big 6.4-L HEMI V8 under the hood, but it’s not given the benefit of forced induction. This limits power to 485 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque, which is normally quite a lot, but it's nothing compared to the Camaro.
Our Camaro friend here is the ZL1 trim, which means it has a supercharged 6.2-L V8 boosting power to 650 horses and 650 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty takes just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 190 mph. Normally, a quarter-mile drag race can be completed in the high 11-second range, but that's dependant on a lot of things, most notably the driver. The ZL1 is built for the track and requires a gentle touch to get it to perform off the line.
Observe our first matchup. The Camaro seems to have the jump on the Challenger, but then quickly falls behind in a cacophony of squealing rubber. Even after a good five seconds, the Camaro still can’t see to pick up. Meanwhile, the Challenger grips the tarmac and scoots away to victory.
It took the Camaro almost 15 seconds to finish the race, which is absolutely abysmal for a car of its stature.
Next, we have another race against a Dodge Charger. The Charger basically has the same engine as the Challenger, with the only difference being bodystyle and the fact it has four doors instead of two. Again, the Camaro should be a lock on this matchup, but it all depends on whether the Camaro can hook up.
Check out the video above to find out.