Community Question: Challenger SRT Hellcat, Or Mustang Shelby Super Snake?

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?

Aaron Birch is an automotive enthusiast and writer/filmmaker from Detroit, MI. As a rule, he only buys cars older than himself.


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