We’ve all seen supercar shootouts before. Shows like Top Gear and magazines like Motor Trend made a name for themselves churning out Lamborghini vs. Ferrari comparison tests and truthfully, you can only watch two unobtainable cars drive around for so long before it becomes redundant. That’s why we’re happy to see the outlet resist the temptation to line the Ferrari 812 Superfast up against something like a Lamborghini Aventador or McLaren Senna for its latest episode of its Head 2 Head comparison series. Rather than comparing the front-engine V12 Ferrari to a more direct competitor, the publication trotted out something a bit more blue collar: a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye.
These two may be quite a bit different in the real-world, but on paper, there’s really not much between them. The Italian Ferrari makes 789 horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque from its 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 and sends power to the rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The Challenger Hellcat Redeye does things with American muscle car flair, spinning up 797 horsepower via its 6.2-liter supercharged V8, sending power to rear end through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye against the Ferrari 812 Superfast is, in our opinion, a battle between the most extreme grand touring cars out of both America and Italy, respectively. Of course, the Ferrari is quite a bit lighter than the Hellcat. The Italian tips the scales at (still a rather heavy) 3,845 lbs, suggesting that it really needs to cut back on the Carbonara. But the super Challenger is a hefty 4,521 lbs. The gobs of torque on offer from the souped up Hellcat V8 also means the Ferrari puts its power to the pavement much better, resulting in a lower 0-60 mph time and lower quarter-mile time.
So how do these two cars, which are basically the some of the most powerful vehicles available to the public right now, fare against each other in a comparison test? Check out the video embedded above to get your answer – we think you’ll be surprised what hosts Johnny Lieberman and Jethro Bovingdon have to say about these oddball offerings.