Battle of American Muscle: The Hellcat vs. Corvette

Both the Dodge Challenger Hellcat and Chevy Corvette are iconic American muscle cars. Need help choosing between the two? We’ve got you covered.
Written by Jane Lu
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Dec 5, 2021
One of the most iconic muscle car brands around is
Dodge
. There are even
Dodge car memes
. Corvettes are also iconic for being sleek and sporty. 
Chevy recently came out with the 2020 C8 Corvette, a fast car with a lot of horsepower. The 2020 Dodge Challenger Hellcat is also fast and powerful. 
However, they still have different appeals. Here’s a breakdown of their differences to help you decide which sporty car is for you.
Need help choosing between a Hellcat and Corvette? We’ve got you covered.

Hellcat vs. Corvette drivetrain and power

The big draw for a performance car buyer is power.
Top Speed
reported that the C8 Corvette produces 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque.
This is compared to the Charger Hellcat Redeye's 707 horsepower.
DrivingLine
said the Hellcat with a Hemi V-8 has 717 horsepower.
The new Hellcat gets its power from an intercooled 6.2-liter V-8 engine. It has 650 lb-ft of torque at 4,800 rpm. However, the Hellcat's muscular body weighs 4,586 pounds. The Corvette is only 3,366 pounds.
The Corvette comes with a 6.2-liter LT2 V-8 engine. This and the Z51 bundle of an electronic limited-slip differential, tweaked suspension, and grippy tires make the Corvette really fast.
In a race, the Corvette beat the Hellcat when starting from a standstill. The two cars were about even when they both started at 40 mph and in quarter-mile times.

Braking and handling

The Corvette's lightness makes it better at braking and handling. However, it is a two-seater with a tight cockpit. 
The Challenger Hellcat has a full-size trunk and a comfortable backseat that could fit most adults. It has a classic front-engine, rear-drive layout. 
While the Hellcat is fully a muscle car, the Corvette leans more toward being a sports car. The Corvette has more modern technology and a mid-engine layout.
The Corvette has precise steering and a well-balanced chassis that help you stay safe at top speeds. It also has a more aerodynamic design and excellent suspension even without the Z51 additions.
The Hellcat's dashboard has a more old-fashioned look with dial indicators. The Corvette's indicators are digital.
The Corvette only comes with an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The Hellcat can be bought with a six-speed manual gearbox.

Price comparison

The C8 Corvette and the Challenger Hellcat start at $60,000 or so.
However, the Corvette really needs the Z51 performance package, and that is an additional $5,000. When you add a few more options, the price for a basic 1LT model is around $70,000.
The Corvette is new to the market, so there aren't any discounts available, and the listing prices on the internet can add anywhere from $10,000 to $15,000.
Dodge gives factory incentives, and the Hellcat has been around for a bit. This means that it is possible to find one that is $10,000 cheaper than the MSRP.
They both have good dollar-to-performance ratios. You get a lot of power from your Hellcat and a lot of speed from your Corvette for the money you pay.
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