A Dodge Charger SRT 392 takes on a new-model Ford Shelby Mustang GT350 in drag race action.
Once again we have Wheels.ca to thank for bringing us this race between North American rivals Dodge and Ford in their irascible muscle cars.
On the left track, we have the current-gen Mustang Shelby GT350. Under the hood is a 5.2-L supercharged V8 engine with 526 hp and 429 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.5 seconds with a top speed of just under 200 mph. It still comes with a 6-speed manual transmission and is one of the few remaining muscle cars to do so.
The Shelby also only weighs 3,750 lbs, which is much lighter than its heavyweight opponent.
On the right track, the Dodge Charger SRT 392. That 392 stands for 392 cubic inches, or 6.4 liters, which is coincidentally the engine’s displacement. The big HEMI V8 is naturally aspirated and produces 485 hp and 476 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 4.2 seconds on its way to a top speed of 182 mph.
An 8-speed Torqueflite automatic transmission takes over shifting duty, but the Charger weighs over 4,400 lbs dry. With fluids and a helmet-wearing driver, it easily pushes beyond 4,600 lbs.
On paper, the Mustang is the clear winner with its greater power and lighter weight. But that 6-speed manual means driver error will come into play, and that could be enough to give the Charger the win.
And it almost did. The Mustang seemed to struggle off the line making the first half of the race neck and neck. But then the Mustang began to pull away to finish in 12.54 seconds at 116.51 mph. The Charger finished in 13.21 seconds at 108.85 mph.
Now, if that was a Hellcat with its 707 hp supercharged engine we might have seen a different outcome. But we'll give kudos to the Charger driver for having a decent run despite the lack of forced induction to help out.