Which all-American performance car would YOU rather own, the supercharged Dodge Challenger Hellcat or legendary Chevy Corvette?
Well, you’re going to have to pick a favorite and vote in the poll down below. No, seriously. Don’t you dare hit the back button without making a selection. We mean it!
Putting age before beauty, we start with the Dodge, which despite being a far younger nameplate rides on Chrysler’s aging LX platform, which itself is made from leftover Mercedes-Benz components. In any event, it provides MEGA performance thanks to a force-fed Hemi V8.
Displacing 6.2-liters (that’s a rather paltry 370 cubic inches in traditional ‘Murican units) this mighty engine nevertheless provides a furious 707 horsepower and 650 lb-ft of twist. In the Challenger it can be paired with either a Tremec six-speed manual transmission or an eight-ratio auto-box but either way torque is routed to the pavement through the rear wheels.
As for the Corvette, in base trim it also features a two-by-four engine with 6.2-liters’ worth of lung capacity, though it makes do without a supercharger.
Still, Chevy drivers won’t be lacking in giddy-up as this engine provides 455 horses and 460 lb-ft of torque in its most basic configuration. A seven-ratio manual or eight-gear automatic are your transmission choices.
As for pricing, the Hellcat starts at about $66,000, a figure that includes $1,700 for the pesky gas-guzzler tax. In contrast, a stripped-down Corvette can be had for around 57 grand, and curiously it sidesteps the aforementioned tax, saving you a good chunk of change.
So, that’s a quick look at both of these high-performance cars. They’re similar in a lot of ways but also quite different at the same time. But which do YOU prefer? Make sure to vote in our latest poll, though if you still want more information about each of these cars you can compare them right here.