And there is another aspect: when muscle cars came, they drove between each other. There were equal conditions. Then came the import, and whether we are talking Japan, Germany or any other country, they each came with their own philosophy on how to build a fast car and, just as importantly, how expensive they can be.
With that in mind, a fair drag race would not be between two cars with the same amount of power, but between two that cost about the same. Anyone can make a fast car if money is nothing, even if it̵
Although the Mercedes-AMG E 63 S held the title of the most powerful AMG model for a while with 604 hp (612 hp) as the 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 does, the Dodge Charger Hellcat is actually significantly more powerful. The 6.2-liter V8 compressor produces 707 hp (717 hp), which is over 100 hp more than the Merc. However, there is also more than the two rear wheels can handle on the non-sticky surface of a regular road (or runway), at least in the early stages of a race.
Put two and two together, and what you get is a complete humiliation for the American model. “OK,” you would say, “but these are apples to oranges. Run the charger against an RWD opponent.” By pressing a button (or more, we can not remember), the AMG E 63 S can enter “Drift Mode” where all the power is sent to the rear wheels. How convenient.
Unfortunately for Hellcat, this will only make matters worse for it, despite operating in a mode that is meant to allow plenty of wheel spin, AMG is still victorious. The only consolation Dodge can find is that it costs about 65% of AMG’s price. Whether it’s enough or not, we can not say, but put it this way: although you can buy two Charger Hellcats for the price of an AMG E 63 S, you simply have two cars that lose to Merc. Quantity over quality.