Watch a Dodge Charger Hellcat square off against a Nissan GT-R in a quarter-mile drag race.
Welcome back to Mission Park, British Columbia, the most Canadian drag strip of them all! Mission Park might be a little more humid than most cars would prefer, but the cool mountain air is definitely great for the sinuses.
And for drag racing, which is probably why they put a raceway there.
On this particular matchup, we have a Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat on the left, and a Nissan GT-R R35 on the right. It’s a little tough to tell the exact model year on Nissans as they tend to all look the same, but judging by the performance on this one, we’re guessing it’s one of the more modern models with a 565-hp 3.8-L twin-turbo V6 under the hood. All-wheel-drive and a short-shifting 6-speed DCT help propel the GT-R from zero to sixty in just 2.7 seconds, and with a total weight of just under 4,000 lbs, this Nissan can really move.
Of course, the Dodge Charger Hellcat is no slouch either. It has a 6.2-L HEMI V8 with 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque, which definitely provides it with the power advantage. Unfortunately, the Charger is a hefty car at over 4,500 lbs, and its rear-wheel-drive-only power delivery means that the GT-R can beat it to 60 mph. There’s no doubt that a Hellcat would win on an open highway, but a drag race is a different animal entirely.
As expected, the GT-R has the advantage off the line but not by much. Just a few feet of lead marks the first portion of the race for the GT-R, and then the Hellcat seems to catch up. It’s neck and neck down the strip and it’s even hard to tell which car is ahead.
By the time the finish line arrives, the Hellcat posts a time of 11.25 seconds at 124.08 mph. Sadly, a technical glitch prevented the GT-R’s performance from going up on the screen, and it was such a close race it’s too close to call for one car or the other without the benefit of technology.
Blame the Mission Park humidity on that one.