Muscle car enthusiasts typically look back on the six years from 1965 to 1971 as the glory years of American muscle car production.
However, recent offerings such as the Chrysler 300 and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye presented by the Wheels YouTube channel gives us hope that another round of American muscle car glory years is happening right now.
Chrysler 300 Versus Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Drag Race
The race takes place at Bandimere Speedway in Morrison, Colorado. Both cars display impressive performance at the world-class drag strip despite the 5,800-foot elevation of “Thunder Mountain.”
In a scene reminiscent of an old Dodge television commercial, the two cars, descending from the Dodge brothers' lineage, roll up to the pit to do their burnouts. With the Chrysler 300 in the far lane and the Challenger Hellcat Redeye in the near lane, the engines roar to life, hinting at the turbocharger vs supercharger battle to come.
The starting tree flashes green with the cars staged, and the Challenger is off with a big jump over the Chrysler 300. The Chrysler quickly recovers and reels the Challenger in by the halfway point on the track. At the finish line, the Chrysler 300 in the far lane is nearly 8/10 of a second quicker, with an elapsed time of 10.576 seconds, than the Challenger's 11.355 seconds.
Not A Stock Chrysler 300
The average Chrysler 300 equipped with the stock 3.6-liter V6 isn't typically a favorite to win at the local drag strip. For reference, in testing by MotorTrend, the V6, with 300 hp and 264 lb-ft of torque, propelled the relatively large 300 through the 1/4-mile in 15.1 seconds at 95.5 mph. So apparently, there's more to this 300 than what came from the factory.
We hear the faint sound of a turbocharger spinning up in the video as the 300 begins to catch the Challenger, indicating that the 300 is hiding a secret. Unfortunately, there isn't any information about either of the cars involved in the race, as the video only shows a fan's perspective. The only thing we know is that the Chrysler 300 is more than capable of hauling the groceries or your golf clubs with back-to-back mid-10-second passes.
Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Specs
The 2021 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye boasts a 6.2-liter V8 producing 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque backed by an eight-speed automatic transmission, according to Edmunds. Utilizing premium pump gasoline, the Challenger gets an EPA estimated 16 mpg combined city and highway.