Poll: Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 or Dodge Challenger Hellcat?

Craig Cole
by Craig Cole

‘Murica, F*** YEAH!

Detroit muscle cars are legendary the world over. Nameplates like GTO, Barracuda, 442 and Marauder bring to mind rumbling exhaust systems and big, smoky burnouts. Keeping this tradition alive in the 21st century is a variety of hopped-up cars that are as emotional as they are speedy. Two of the most famous are Chevrolet’s Camaro and the Dodge Challenger.

In peak form, each of these cars delivers shocking performance. Dressed with ZL1 trim, the bow-tie’s offering is motivated by a supercharged 6.2-liter LT4 V8 that cranks out 650 horsepower and 640 lb.-ft. of axle-snapping, tire-shredding, organ-rupturing torque.

This alpha Camaro can be had with a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission or a more traditional Tremec six-ratio manual. In fleetest form this car can digest 60 miles an hour in just 3.5 seconds and annihilate the quarter mile in 11.4 seconds at 127 miles an hour. Yeah, it’s kind of fast.

As for the Hellcat Challenger, it, as you undoubtedly know, features a 707-horse stable. Torque provided by its 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi tops out at 650 lb.-ft., narrowly edging out its cross-town rival. A Tremec six-ratio manual or an automatic gearbox with eight forward speeds comprises your transmission choices in this car.

As for performance, the Hellcat should be all over the ZL1 like melted cheese on a pizza, hitting 60 in just about the same time and topping out 199 miles an hour.

Which of these reimagined muscle cars would YOU rather own and drive? Well, compare them directly here and please vote in our poll so we can see which one is more popular!

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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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