When the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat first broke cover last year, we were convinced that the muscle car horsepower wars had come to a definitive, climactic conclusion – at least for a while. In case you’ve forgotten, the 6.2-liter Hellcat engine makes 707 HP with Hemi combustion chambers and a behemoth 2.4-liter supercharger.
But then, Ford Motor Company pulled the wraps off of its own super-potent pony: the 2015 Ford Mustang Shelby Super Snake. Based on the regular V8-powered Ford Mustang GT, the Super Snake harnesses a fleet of 750 horses thanks to a Ford Performance Supercharger and, presumably, some amount of Wiccan magic.
But which of these – the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat, or the Ford Mustang Shelby Super Snake – would you rather take home?
We fear that question might be a bit of a no-brainer in a hypothetical world where price is no object, so let’s focus on the finances for a moment. The Challenger SRT Hellcat is a relative bargain at a base price of just $61,000, compared to the Mustang Shelby Super Snake and its nearly $83,000 price tag. In effect, you would be paying about 36 percent more for just 6 percent more horsepower.
Of course, that’s not the full story; pick the Mustang Shelby Super Snake, and you’re also getting a car that is more aerodynamic, more exclusive (with just 300 examples planned), and almost certainly lighter than the 4,400-pound Challenger Hellcat. Plus, if you tend to prefer the Mustang’s styling to that of the Dodge, then the Mustang Shelby Super Snake is about as mean- and racey-looking a Mustang as you’ll ever find.
But forget about what we think; what about you? Would you have the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat? Or the Ford Mustang Shelby Super Snake?