These are two distinctly contrasting performance cars, each targeted at vastly different demographics, and their performances are equally divergent.
The Kia EV6 GT and the Dodge Challenger SRT Black Ghost stand at opposite ends of the spectrum for their respective brands. One represents a bold leap into the future, while the other bids a poignant farewell to an era. Both hold the banner of performance flagship, yet only one will emerge victorious in this U-drag contest, and the victor might catch you off guard.
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U-drag racing rigorously tests acceleration, braking, and cornering speed, commencing with a conventional drag race and culminating when both cars execute a 180-degree turn, returning to the starting point. On paper, this contest might seem tilted in favor of the muscle car.
The Challenger Black Ghost embodies the epitome of brawn. Dodge furnishes it with an impressive 807 hp (601 kW) and 707 lb-ft (957 Nm) of torque. This is a substantial 231 hp (172 kW) and 162 lb-ft (219 Nm) more than what the Kia EV6 GT offers. Furthermore, the Dodge features rear-wheel drive, a rapid-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission, and an adept launch control system, facilitating the harnessing and deployment of its considerable horsepower.
Have we mentioned that the Kia happens to carry an extra 317 pounds (143 kg) compared to the robust old-school Challenger? The Kia’s replacement for the Stinger holds two significant aces over the Dodge: its electric nature, translating to instant torque, and its power distribution to all four wheels, enhancing traction. These advantages prove decisive in vanquishing the formidable Black Ghost on the track.
In the first race, the EV6 GT accelerates effortlessly off the line, while the Dodge delivers a solid launch but falls significantly behind. The Kia completes the 0-60 mph sprint in a brisk 3.6 seconds, a whole second quicker than the Dodge. This gap between them endures throughout the quarter-mile. It’s only during braking that the Challenger begins to narrow the distance. It also exhibits superior cornering, though insufficient to clinch victory.
With the Kia surging forward, powered by electricity, it triumphs over the Dodge. Race two unfolds in a similar manner, albeit with a touch more flair from the tail-happy Dodge. The future may be electric, but that doesn’t imply sluggishness. In the EV6 GT, you can accommodate four companions on the journey, emphasizing that electric doesn’t compromise on speed or companionship.