It was the perfect matchup of new school vs. old school; of wild horsepower vs. electric efficiency.
This past weekend, the all-new 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat took to the drag strip to race the all-new Tesla Model S P85D in a quarter-mile test to see whether gas-guzzling horsepower would beat electric, dual-motor innovation.
The results? Well, let’s just say that old-school, muscle car aficionados will be getting plenty of flak from their forward-thinking friends who love electric cars. The Tesla Model S P85D absolutely destroyed the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat in this matchup, proving that electricity is every bit as capable of speed as gasoline.
With 707 horsepower and a 6.2 liter engine, the SRT Hellcat is designed for old-fashioned power and speed. However, after this matchup, Dodge might need to go back to the drawing board to remedy some readily apparent issues with launch traction and wheel spin.
Meanwhile, the Tesla Model S P85D is supposed to be a family car; it’s a sedan that can accommodate up to seven people. However, this all-wheel-drive sport sedan can turn battery output into massive electric power – equivalent to 691 horsepower. The dual-motor design allows the Tesla to essentially reach full torque at zero rpm, which is something only electric motors are capable of.
So how poorly did this race go for the Hellcat? VERY poorly. While some of the result is certainly due to driver error, this was not a contest. The Tesla Model S P85D not only beat the Hellcat, it set a world-record for production electric vehicles, with an 11.6 quarter-mile blast at 114.6 mph. Those numbers make the Model S the fastest AND quickest electric car ever produced.
Meanwhile, the Hellcat spun its wheels and burned out, reaching 60 feet in a less-than-impressive 3.615 seconds. Dodge says the car is capable of much more, and perhaps the driver really screwed up, but for now, this race represented a major win for electric cars.
Tesla moves on toward the future, while Dodge needs to make some tweaks to get their old-school muscle car ready for a whole new world.