Watch this older-model Dodge Challenger get crushed by a Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 and then a modern Chevrolet Camaro SS in quarter-mile action.
We gotta give this Challenger credit for taking on two cars that are well above its weight class in terms of performance. However, we’re not going to sugar coat this one: each race is a complete blowout for the poor Challenger.
This is definitely a pre-2013 Challenger, and even if we’re being generous and calling this a 2011 Challenger SRT8 with an aftermarket shaker hood (we can't quite tell since it's so dark), it has nothing on its competitors.
Under the hood is a 6.4-L HEMI V8 with 470 hp and 470 lb-ft of torque. This compares favorably to the Camaro, but the Challenger weighs almost 800 lbs more than the Chevy, and almost 600 lbs more than the Mustang. It’s also got a 6-speed manual, but at least it has drag radials. Not that it really matters.
The previous generation of Ford Shelby Mustang GT500 came with a 5.8-L supercharged V8 with 662 hp and 631 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in just 3.5 seconds with a quarter-mile taking around 11 seconds. That’s a lot less than the Challenger, which can manage a quarter-mile in around 13 seconds if it’s lucky.
Against the Mustang, the Challenger doesn’t have a chance. The Mustang shoots off the line to achieve a time of 10.92 at 128.68 mph--a great finish for the GT500. The Challenger, meanwhile, trundles to the finish in 14.87 seconds at 101.39 mph.
Things don’t get any better with the Camaro. Its 6.2-L V8 might only have 455 hp, but it’s vastly lighter and can accelerate from zero to sixty in 4 seconds. This particular Camaro driver must be exceptionally proficient (or else that Camaro SS is not stock) because they were able to rocket to the quarter-mile in 12.28 at 119.74 mph--a phenomenal time for a Camaro SS.
The Challenger still couldn’t break the 14-second barrier. Which is sad.
Maybe next time the Challenger will take a smaller bite and try racing a Golf or something.