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Dodge Charger Hellcat vs the world’s fastest sedans

by Patrick Rall on

When the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat was unveiled in August of 2014, Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis proclaimed that it was the most powerful, quickest, and fastest 4-door sedan in the world.

With 707 horsepower, there is no disputing that it is the most powerful production sedan in the world. With an official 0-60 time of 3.7 seconds, it is the quickest production sedan in the world and with a top speed of 204 miles per hour, it is the fastest production sedan ever.

charger hellcat vs the world 1

To put all of these claims to the test, the folks from the World’s Fastest Car Show pulled together a collection of the highest performance 4-door sedans in the world to see if the Hellcat Charger could knock off the hottest competition on the market today. This includes the:

  • Aston Martin Rapide S with 550hp,
  • Jaguar XJR with 550hp
  • 2014 Cadillac CTS-V with 556hp
  • BMW M5 with 575hp
  • Mercedes S65 AMG with 621hp
  • Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat with 707 horsepower

Just by looking at those power numbers, it seems as though the Hellcat Charger has a decisive advantage over the others – and it does – but that is where the claim of being the most powerful production sedan in the world comes in. However, a performance car is only as good as its real world numbers, so this video segment came up with a way to have these six super sedans compete to see which is the best sport sedan on sale today.

First up, we have two groups of three cars going head to head in a 0-60 battle. In the first heat, we have the Cadillac CTS-V, the Hellcat Charger and the AMG S65. Not surpassingly, the Caddy was the slowest of the three, hitting 60 from a stop in just 4.2 seconds, while the Mercedes took 4.0 seconds flat and the Charger got to 60 in just 3.7 seconds. In heat two, we have the Aston, the Jag and the BMW going head to head, and as was the case in the first heat, the most powerful car was also the quickest – with the BMW hitting 60 in just 3.8 seconds while the Jaguar took 4.4 seconds and the Aston Martin was by far the slowest of the six, taking a whopping 4.9 seconds to get from 0-60. After this first round, the Cadillac and Aston were eliminated as a result of being the slowest, while the AMG, the Jag, the BMW and the Charger all headed into round two.

charger hellcat vs the world 2

Round two was a battle of quarter mile runs, with the 707hp Dodge taking on the 575hp BMW. Thanks to the extra 132 horsepower, the Charger made short work of the M5, although we don’t get to see a quarter mile ET for either car.

In the second drag racing heat, the AMG took on the Jaguar and, remarkably, the far less powerful Jaguar beat the Mercedes. Due to losing the drag race, both the AMG and the BMW were eliminated, sending the Charger and the Jaguar XJR into the finals.

In the final competition, it was a battle of top speed between the 2015 Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat and the Jaguar XLJR. The Jag has a limited top speed of 174 miles per hour, so realistically, it had no chance of beating the big Dodge. Really, no matter which of the five competitors had made it to the final round would have had an impossible task of beating the Charger, since the highest factory stock top speed of any of these vehicles is the Aston Martin Rapide S at 190 miles per hour, followed by the Cadillac at 179 miles per hour.

Even though video host and pro driver Justin Bell was “only” able to hit 194mph with the Hellcat Charger, it was still easily fast enough to crush the Jaguar in the final run.

charger hellcat vs the world 3

This is really a fixed competition of sorts, since it was obvious coming into this six car shootout which was the quickest and fastest, but this video puts into perspective just how much better the Hellcat Charger is compared to any production sedan in the world — regardless of price.

Patrick Rall was raised a Mopar boy, spending years racing a Dodge Mirada while working his way through college. After spending a few years post-college in the tax accounting field, Patrick made the jump to the world of journalism and his work has been published in magazines and websites around the world.

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