The answer has a lot to do with weight and traction

They say power is nothing without control and what better field to test that out than the performance car arena? As you’re about to see in this C8 Corvette versus Charger Hellcat skirmish, packing a bucketload of horsepower doesn’t stand a chance in front of less power complemented by less weight, better grip, and sharper aerodynamics.

The C8 Corvette makes smoking the Hellcat look easy

Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?
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The amount of performance-induced vanity that comes out of the 2020 Dodge Charger Hellcat’s spec sheet is evident. You’ve got your intercooled and supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 with 707 horsepower @ 6,000 rpm and 650 pound-feet of torque @ 4,800 rpm sent to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

On top of that, you’ve got the mean looks, muscular body, but also a lot of pounds dragging the car down: 4,586, to be more exact.

Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?
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The 2020 C8 Corvette, on the other hand, is an out-and-out sports car. The spec sheet says it and the car’s behaviour on and off the race track confirms it. Wonderful suspension, precise steering, well-balanced chassis, not-just-for-show aerodynamics and of course, a 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 cranking out 495 horsepower (the model in case here is fitted with the Z51 package) and 470 pound-feet of torque.

On top of that, the Z51 bundle of goodies includes the likes of an electronic limited-slip diff, better cooling, extra aero bits and bobs, tweaked suspension, and grippier tires. All these are bound to help in a drag/rolling race, together with a curb weight of 3,366 pounds - that’s 1,220 pounds less than the Hellcat.

Needless to say, the video speaks for itself. From a standstill, the C8 demolishes the Hellcat, while in a rolling race from 40 mph, the two cars are right about even.

What did we learn from this? The 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette is darn quick and very skilful when it comes to putting power down efficiently.

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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