Check out this Camaro ZL1 and Chrysler 300 SRT-8 racing at the drag strip.
Wow, we don’t see a Chrysler very often. Mostly because literally nobody is buying them and we’re wondering if the brand is even going to be around for very much longer. Chryslers aren’t necessarily bad cars, but they’re competing in the same segment as BMWs and Mercedes, which isn’t exactly a flattering matchup for them.
Chrysler also makes big muscle car(ish) versions of the 300, which is pretty interesting. Called the SRT-8 (which still uses the SRT suffix even though it’s long since belonged to the spun-off Dodge brand), it has a big 6.4-L HEMI V8 engine that puts out 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. Power is routed to the rear wheels through an 8-speed automatic transmission, with a zero to sixty time somewhere in the low 4-seconds.
However, it weighs well over 4,000 lbs, which doesn’t bode well for its chances against a more dedicated muscle car like the Camaro.
The latest generation of Camaro ZL1 has a 6.2-L supercharged V8 with 650 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. That’s a lot. It also gets to sixty mph in 3.5 seconds, which is significantly faster than the Chrysler.
It also weighs 300 lbs less than the Chrysler. So, on paper at least, the Camaro is the clear winner.
And it’s also the winner in real life. Both cars performed great burnouts, were quick off the line, but the Camaro is just so much lighter and faster than the Chrysler that it was able to scoot down the quarter-mile drag strip nearly a full 2 seconds faster than the Chrysler.
The Camaro finished in 11.72 seconds at 117 mph, while the Chrysler managed a time of 13.42 at 106 mph.
It would’ve been a fairer fight to see the Chrysler against a Challenger Scat Pack or a Mustang GT. Maybe next time.