Drag Race: Dodge Hellcat Redeye Vs. Tesla Model S Performance

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Old-school muscle shows hi-po EV who's boss.

The battle between gas-powered and all-electric cars has reached fever point, and things aren't exactly looking good for traditional fossil-fuel cars. The instant torque delivery of the electric motor, combined with all-wheel-drive gives Tesla cars such as the Model S Performance and smaller Model 3 the ability to bolt from the line with serious pace, but traditional muscle cars such as the Dodge Challenger Hellcat still put up a fight, and can usually take the race if there's enough traction. In the following video, we can see a Tesla Model S go up against a Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye, and the results are interesting.

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Firstly it would be wise to cover the performance statistics of both cars: the 2020 Tesla Model S Performance features two electric motors individually powering the front and rear wheels, delivering 778 horsepower and 841 lb-ft of torque, resulting in a zero to sixty time of only 2.4 seconds, a top speed of 163 mph, and a quarter-mile time that sits comfortably in the ten-second bracket. The Dodge Challenger Hellcat on the other hand delivers 797 hp and 707 lb-ft which is sent to the rear via an eight-speed auto transmission. The zero to sixty sprint takes 3.7 seconds, and the quarter-mile is taken care of in under 12 seconds. The Tesla is quicker on paper, but real-world performance is what counts here.

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On the day, the Dodge rides on a set of Mickey Thompson Street SS Drag Radials, while the Tesla uses its stock Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. The Hellcat also features a performance filter and rear seat delete. At the lights, both cars have a decent launch, and the Tesla posts a 0.032 second reaction time, while the Dodge manages a 0.219 RT. The result? The Tesla manages a 10.761-second run, and the Hellcat does the same sprint in 10.783 seconds. That makes the Tesla the winner by only 0.022 seconds. The rematch sees both cars use the same lanes as before, and this time the gas-guzzler takes it with a 10.733-second run, 0.094 seconds faster than the Tesla. There is hope out there after all.

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