It doesn’t get more American than that, fellas

We know we love a proper drag race and we’re pretty sure you do, too. So today’s rumble comes courtesy of Edmunds, who took three muscle car top dogs and had them jump at each other’s throats.

The Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, the Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, and the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye battle for quarter-mile bragging rights. We won’t tell you who wins just yet, but remember this: it’s not always the most powerful car that takes the cake.

Shelby GT500 vs Camaro ZL1 vs Challenger Redeye: On Paper

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The Mustang’s raddest, most powerful iteration - also known as the Mustang Shelby GT500 - makes use of a 5.2-liter cross-plane V-8 packing 760 horsepower and 625 pound-feet of torque.

A bone-stock GT500 needs around 3.4-3.6 seconds to dispatch the 0-60 miles per hour run, and it’s also capable of pulling off quarter-mile runs of 10.61 seconds at 133 miles per hour, given the right conditions, thanks to a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox.

The Camaro ZL1 1LE in the video is nothing to play with, too. Although a tad underpowered compared to the GT500, it makes up for the deficit in the twist department. Power is 650 horsepower and torque comes in at 650 pound-feet all thanks to a supercharged 6.2-liter V-8. Initially, the base ZL1 came with a 10-speed auto, while the track-focused 1LE pack offered solely a six-speed manual with active rev match tech. As of 2019, however, you can also get the 10-speed ’box on the 1LE, which should allow for a 0-60 miles per hour sprint cleared in 3.4 seconds and a quarter-mile run ticked in roughly 11 seconds at around 130 miles per hour.

Also blessed with a 6.2-liter V-8 is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye.

Except it’s the most powerful of the three, churning out 797 horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque channelled through the rear wheels with the aid of an eight-speed automatic.

Mind you, the V-8 is actually taken from the Demon and not from the ‘regular’ SRT Hellcat. It’s also mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic and was slapped with a 2.7-liter supercharger. As a result, the Redeye needs 3.4 seconds to reach 60 miles per hour from a standstill while the quarter mile finish line is crossed in 11.1 seconds at 131 miles per hour.

Now let’s see how these cars fare in an actual real-life battle, shall we?

Tudor Rus
Assistant Content Manager - Automotive Expert - tudor@topspeed.com
Tudor’s first encounter with cars took place when he was only a child. Back then, his father brought home a Trabant 601 Kombi and a few years later, a Wartburg 353. At that time, he was too young to know how they worked and way too young to drive them, but he could see one thing – each of them had a different ethos and their own unique personality. As time went on, he started seeing that in other cars as well, and his love for the automobile was born.  Read More
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