The 797 hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye is the most powerful muscle car on the market today. For comparison, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 tops out at 650 hp, while the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 gets closer with 760 hp. Yes, the Dodge Demon has more, but those are difficult to get ahold of and out of production. So for now, the Redeye is the top dog in the horsepower wars. But how does that level of power work in the standing mile? YouTube channel Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds just uploaded a video that shows exactly that.
We’ve already seen the Redeye in the 2.7 mile run, but now we can see how it does in the mile. Check it out below:
After a little trouble putting nearly 800 hp down to the airstrip, the Challenger Hellcat Redeye simply takes off. It pulls especially hard in the 100 mph between 60 and 160. After this, there is a noticeable decrease in acceleration up to the 177 mph top speed. This can be attributed to the Challengers significant weight, and very un-slippery shape.
For comparison, a Mclaren 570s with significantly less power crossed the mile line at 181 mph, proving how better aerodynamics and less weight is just as important as power in the standing mile.
But these are muscle cars we focus on at MC&T. What we really want to see is a face-off between all of America’s top muscle cars in the standing mile. Luckily, Johnny Bohmer Proving Grounds has the Camaro ZL1 already covered, sort of.
The channel ran the Camaro ZL1 equipped with the 1LE package in the standing mile at 162 mph. Although the Camaro is lighter, it’s also down on power, and crucially, the 1LE package creates a massive amount of downforce.
What we hope to see is a true straight line muscle car showdown between the Challenger Hellcat Redeye, Camaro ZL1 (without the 1LE pack) and the Mustang Shelby GT500 (without the carbon fiber track pack). Can we get that soon? Please?