Tesla Model S P85D Vs. Dodge Challenger Hellcat - Drag Race: Video
Normally, a Tesla Model S P85D would pretty much mop the floor with any stock sedan in a drag race from a dig, whether RWD or AWD. As a confirmation, a P85D demolished even a mighty Challenger Hellcat on the drag strip a couple of months ago. Now it’s time for a rematch between the two cars, although it comes with a twist. The Hellcat’s owner has added a set of drag radials to his RWD ride in order to at least pose a slight threat to the all-wheel-drive Tesla, so the race result is quite a bit different than the first time.
As some of you remember, the Challenger’s main issue in the first race was the lack of traction off the line and its driver’s lack of experience with the car. In the footage above, this is no longer the case, as the Hellcat hooked up much better thanks to its stickier tires, while the driver has had a lot of time to practice its launches since he lost to the P85D driver at the same strip.
In case it isn’t obvious by now, the improved Hellcat won the rematch against the Tesla. Both cars launched almost perfectly, but the Challenger’s better gearing and higher power proved to be decisive factors. Since the score between the two is now equal, another rematch is likely on the horizon, as I’m sure the Tesla driver will not let this one pass so easily.
The Model S P85D features two electric motors, all-wheel-drive and a launch control mode labeled "insane." A total of 691 horsepower and 687 pound-feet of torque sent to all four wheels are responsible for a 0-60 mph time of just 3.1 seconds and a top speed of 155 mph. Oh, and it also has an EPA-rated range of 253 miles without using a single drop of gasoline. Read our full review here.
The Dodge Challanger Hellcat is the most powerful production muscle car ever. It’s supercharged, 6.2-liter, V-8 engine is good for 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque sent to the rear wheels. It has a 0-60 mph time in the low 3-second range, according to Dodge, and drag radials made it a more even race with the Tesla. Read our full review here.