Challenger Hellcat VS Mustang GT350R

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat VS Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

Dodge and Ford are two of the most iconic names in American muscle and their rivalry goes back over 50 years. Both the Ford Mustang and the Dodge Challenger come in a wide array of trim options from the entry level to the truly powerful. An example of this rivalry would be the SRT Hellcat and the Mustang GT350R. The Dodge Challenger SRT Demon can be overlooked in this comparison because it is very much in a weight class all its own. So let’s take a closer look at the two most sought after muscle cars in the modern era.

Under the Hood

Both these vehicles are similarly priced, which makes them a great comparison. This means you can expect to pay about the same whether you chose to go Dodge or Ford. Truth is, most readers are already die hard loyal to one or the other. That being said, for about the same price point you will get a much more powerful V8 in the Dodge Challenger than the Ford Mustang. This is something Ford will have to eventually address as companies like Dodge continue to push the envelope with vehicles like the 808-horsepower Dodge Challenger Demon.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

  • Engine: 6.2-liter V8 — Supercharged
  • Horsepower: 707
  • Torque: 650 lb-ft
  • MPG: 13-city/22-highway

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

  • Engine: 5.2-liter V-8 – Naturally Aspirated
  • Horsepower: 526
  • Torque: 429 lb-ft
  • MPG: 14-city/21-highway


This would be a great showdown to watch. A quarter mile drag race between these industry powerhouses would get your blood pumping, end in a matter of seconds, and leave you wanting more. On paper the Dodge Challenger has all the advantages. It’s nearly a second faster in its zero to 60, a half second faster in its zero to 100, and over a second faster in the quarter mile. This would make for an exhilarating race. A second can be made and lost in a quarter mile based on the skill of each driver. A good driver could make all the difference, but if both vehicles are run optimally, then the Dodge Challenger is going to win by over a second.

Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat

  • Zero to 60: 3.4 sec.
  • Zero to 100: 8.5 sec.
  • Standing quarter mile: 11.1 sec
  • Top Speed: 165 mph

Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R

  • Zero to 60: 4.2 sec.
  • Zero to 100: 9 sec.
  • Standing quarter mile: 12.4 sec
  • Top Speed: 175 mph


This is a sidebar to the performance aspect. The Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R only comes in a 6-speed manual transmission while the Dodge Challenger Hellcat offers both a 6-speed manual and an 8 speed auto. This argument comes up all the time and if you disagree with the following statement then you can leave it in the comments below, but for drag racing automatic is the only way to go. Sport tuners will suggest things like auto is only better if you don’t know how to shift properly, or that it is impossible to hit peak RPMs with the CPU deciding when to shift. The response is simple, you’ve clearly never driven a sport tuned automatic transmission. The thing is, in Track Mode, the Hellcat transmission can shift gears in 160ms. No human being can shift that fast and if someone out there can please introduce yourself. The other argument is automatics not shifting at the proper moments. Once again in Track Mode the CPU is guaranteed to push every bit of horsepower out of each gear before shifting. The final and probably most important factor of the auto is when it is paired with the Hellcat Launch Control. With Launch Control you can get the perfect launch without losing traction at the line. There is nothing worse than burning out at the line while you watch your opponent gain valuable seconds.


That about wraps it up. We could continue to talk about comfort and quality, or interior features, but it is mostly irrelevant when we are talking about drag racing. Let’s be honest, anyone that is taking this stuff serious will probably opt to gut the interior anyway in order to gain another second. So as it stands, the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is going to beat the Ford Mustang Shelby GT 350 every time at the track, barring driver error.

If you are interested in learning more about the power house performance of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, then schedule a vehicle demonstration today at Rairdon’s Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram of Monroe. Our award winning customer service team can help you find the perfect Challenger that will smoke anyone at the track!

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