Dodge Performance and Muscle Cars at the Track: 0-60 in Seconds
In South Florida, things can get a little heated, and the weather is just the start. Down here, there are hot spots, hot clothes, and hot cars. It may be the state known for its sunshine, theme parks, and ever-increasing elder population, but it’s also a popular place for American muscle and sports cars.
In case you haven’t noticed, the streets of Miami and Fort Lauderdale are dazzling with muscle cars and sports cars, but where can a driver test out the performance of their Dodge Challenger, Charger or Viper? Well, there are two speedways in South Florida that are sure to appease adrenaline junkies everywhere.
Pedal to the Metal at South Florida Speedways
The Homestead Miami Speedway and Palm Beach International Speedway have opened their doors, and more so their roads, to the general public. On select days, drivers can bring out the most powerful car they own and drive around the speedway. Classes are offered at both speedways, taught by trained professional drivers, so others looking to test the limits of their car can learn how to safely maximize their car’s performance.
If you’re not looking to get behind the wheel, or just don’t want to end up in a glorious ball of crumpled metal, there are also legal drag racing events at Homestead Miami Speedway called “Fast Lane Friday”. It’s a great alternative to driving yourself, but of course, drivers from off the street can enter these races too.
Dodge Track Times
The 2016 Dodge Challenger is available in ten different trims and a plethora of colors, some of which are on a rotating release cycle (there are several new Challenger models coming in 2017). Moreover, these bold colors aren’t the only thing the Challenger is known for – the Shaker Hood, and the SRT 392 and Hellcat engine also come to mind.
Revving at 485-horsepower, the SRT 392 engine is a powerful 6.4-liter HEMI V8 engine. It’s available in the 2016 Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack and 392 HEMI Scat Pack Shaker and SRT 392 models. It takes only four seconds for the Dodge Challenger SRT 392 to reach 60 mph, and twelve seconds to cover a quarter mile.
The 2016 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is even crazier, as it can accelerate from 0-60 mph in as little as 3.6 seconds, and it can reach a top speed of 199 mph. Can you expect any less from the most powerful muscle car engine ever?
The SRT Hellcat engine is a 6.2L-liter supercharged HEMI that generates 707-horsepower and 650 lb-ft of torque – that’s more horsepower than any muscle car on the market today. Just wait until the lighter 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is released!
The Dodge Charger is a larger sibling to the Challenger, and although the body is a little different, designed with four-doors versus two, that doesn’t change a thing in terms of horsepower and engines. The same SRT 392 engine and SRT Hellcat engine are also available to the Charger.
When equipped with the 707-horsepower SRT Hellcat engine the Dodge Charger hits a top speed of 204 mph, with a track time of covering a quarter mile in 11.0 seconds. In less than four seconds, it flies from 0-60 mph, making it the fastest four-door sedan on the streets.
Although being discontinued after the 2017 model year, the Viper still holds its own track times from previous models and generations. Powered by a hand-built 8.4-liter V10 engine, the Viper puts out 645-horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque. That’s more torque than any sports-car engine known.
The Viper American Club Racer (2016 Viper ACR), holds the “ultimate street-legal race car” title, and has more track records that any car produced, with a total of 13 course lap records, all certified by the Sports Car Club of America. This cobra of cars goes from 0-60 in three-seconds-flat. If you think that’s fast, the Viper Hennessey Venom 650R (2013 Viper) can race from 0-60 mph in 2.9 seconds, and covers a quarter mile in 10.7 seconds.
Looking for your own Dodge Challenger or Charger to drive on the Speedway?
You can check our inventory or give us a call to see what we have in stock. Just remember, when you’re out on the speedway tracks, always turn left.