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Hellcat Challenger Outruns Japan’s Greatest Supercar

by Patrick Rall on

In the world of Japanese factory-built performance cars, few (if any) have ever offered the performance capabilities of the 2015 Nissan GTR Nismo. This 600 horsepower, all-wheel drive supercar is one of the quickest production cars of all time, dashing from 0-60 in just 2.7 seconds while running through the quarter mile in under 11 seconds flat — in stock form.

hellcat v gtr

On paper, the 2015 Nissan GTR Nismo should be able to easily outrun the 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat when both cars are 100% stock, right down to the tires. The advanced all-wheel drive of the GT-R makes launching much easier than the rear wheel drive Hellcat Challenger, which is why the GT-R has a 2.7 0-60 and a 10.80 quarter mile time stock while the Challenger “only” dashes to 60 in the low 3 second range while running the quarter mile in the 11.20 range. When you fit drag radials up to the Hellcat, the performance times dip into a similar range to that of the wicked Nissan.

However, those smokin’ fast 0-60 and quarter mile times are manufacturer’s figures (including the Hellcat drag radial times) and as we all know, real world figures can vary a great deal in the hands of the right (or wrong) driver. Even though the best performance Japanese sports car of all time has better manufacturer’s numbers doesn’t mean that it will win in the real world and that is why people take their cars to the track.


In this video, we see a factory stock Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat drag racing against the 2015 Nissan GT-R Nismo at ZMax raceway. The Nissan is as stock as a rock, while the Hellcat is stock except for the sticky Nitto tires.

For the GT-R to beat the far more powerful Challenger, the Nissan needs to get off of the line better and as you can see, that doesn’t happen. Once the Hellcat gets out to an early lead, the driver uses all 707+ horsepower to maintain that lead. As a result, we get to watch the most powerful American production car of all time beating the best performing Japanese sports car of all time.

(The Nissan GT-R starts at $101,770 in the US, while the Nismo starts at $149,990, more than double the price of a $59,995 Hellcat Challenger, not to mention the $85,000 Viper.)

In the end, both cars run much slower numbers than expected, with the Hellcat running an 11.187 against the Nissan’s 11.277. The Hellcat pulled a better reaction time, a better 60 foot time and better trap speeds at the eighth mile and the quarter mile.


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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