What Happens When You Race a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi and a 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS396? Most Mopar purists would opt for the Hemi, although there may be enthusiasts for the Chevy Nova SS396 as well.
YouTube channel Cars and Zebras decided to put an end to all the hows, whys and what-ifs and unleashed a full-blown drag race between the two legendary muscle cars. So who will take home the win?
Hemi Power vs GM L78
The 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi has a 426 Hemi V8 rated at 425 horses, although many unofficially said it could do a lot more. It drives with a four-speed manual transmission and has a rear gear ratio of 3.54.
Of course, with a Hemi under the hood, the Challenger is also quite heavy, weighing in at 4,078 lbs, with the driver. On the other hand, the Nova is lighter, coming in at 3,620 lbs with the driver. The 1969 Chevrolet Nova SS396 carries an L78 396 V8 rated at 375 horses. It runs on a three-speed automatic transmission with a 4.10 rear gear.
Both muscle car lovers have their own fans and had people supporting them during the drag race, however short, which lasted only a few seconds. But the question remains, which of these two cars, or should we say, examples proven its superiority over the other?
The Drag Race ended in a surprise
Less than 300 Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi were made before 1970. And for 1969, just over 1,400 Chevy Nova SS396 were sold. So is there safety in numbers?
Well, since the Nova did a decent job of beating the Challenger, it certainly could be. For round 1 of this drag race, the Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi ran for 13.56 seconds and top speeds of 106.42 MPH. And yet the slower Nova, with top speeds of just 87.55 MPH, beat the Hemi by a time of 13.23 seconds.
On lap 2, the Dodge Challenger R/T Hemi ran the quarter mile with top speeds of 106.29 MPH, in 13.51 seconds. The Nova won again, accelerating to 94.79 MPH and running the race in 13.05 seconds.
The Hemi worshipers may have had a bit of a jolt in this drag race, but sometimes a drag race is just about the better driver.
Two popular performance vehicles go toe-to-toe in a race on the strip.
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