Poll: Dodge Challenger Hellcat or Chevrolet Corvette?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

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.

Craig Cole
Craig Cole

Born and raised in metro Detroit, Craig was steeped in mechanics from childhood. He feels as much at home with a wrench or welding gun in his hand as he does behind the wheel or in front of a camera. Putting his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism to good use, he's always pumping out videos, reviews, and features for AutoGuide.com. When the workday is over, he can be found out driving his fully restored 1936 Ford V8 sedan. Craig has covered the automotive industry full time for more than 10 years and is a member of the Automotive Press Association (APA) and Midwest Automotive Media Association (MAMA).

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  • Meyerweb Meyerweb on Oct 21, 2016

    The Hellcat is simply too big, too heavy, too ponderous, and not all that attractive. If you need a really fast car (at least in a straight line) that you can put kids in the back of, I suppose it might be worth considering, but not otherwise. The C7 is a far more balanced machine.

  • 1MAN4LIBERTY 1MAN4LIBERTY on Oct 21, 2016

    Why not make it a fair deal and vote Vette or Viper. As they do both compete against each other on the track. What idiot decided this poll.