A couple of years ago, Fiat Chrysler Automotive introduced a vehicle that changed the landscape for more affordable sports cars when it introduced the world to its Hellcat nameplate. The 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is an incredible machine, and admittedly much more affordable than the Lamborghini Aventador. That’s why we wanted to see exactly how this non-exotic machine measures up to our iconic Aventador model.
Obviously there is a lot of prestige – pun intended – with getting a name like Lamborghini on your vehicle that Dodge just can’t compete with, but that’s only a part of the reason it available at a fraction of the cost. We put together the table below to show you that the Challenger Hellcat does put up a good fight, but it can’t quite touch the Aventador.
2018 Lamborghini Aventador
2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat
|730 HP||Horsepower||707 HP|
|507 lb-ft.||Torque||650 lb-ft.|
|650 lb-ft.||0-60 mph||3.6 s|
|10.8 s||Quarter Mile||11.7 s|
In the first row we look at horsepower, which is pretty incredible for the Challenger Hellcat. It almost catches up to the Aventador, only giving up 23 horsepower which actually isn’t very much. As the second row shows, it even trumps the Aventador where torque is concerned, generating an extra 143 pound-feet. However, that extra torque doesn’t translate to the track for the heavy Hellcat.
As the third and fourth rows show, the Hellcat is certainly a quick and enjoyable vehicle to drive at its price point, but it can’t quite compete with the Aventador. The Lamborghini hits 60 miles per hour 7 tenths of a second faster and can run the quarter mile in almost a second less. The 2018 Dodge Challenger Hellcat looks and feels great, just not as good as the 2018 Lamborghini Aventador.