American muscle cars not only look good, they also sound the best. And aural excitement doesn’t come much better than from a pair of supercharged V8 pushrod engines. Both the Camaro ZL1 and Challenger Hellcat are equipped with supercharged 6.2-liter V8 engines, but which car sounds the best?
Watch and listen to the this TFLcar video before passing judgment on two monstrous V8s.
The potent Camaro ZL1 is the high-performance variant of the reborn, retro-flavored Camaro that combines aggressive looks and a supercharged V8 with surprisingly good handling dynamics and ride quality thanks to GM’s trick Magnetic Ride Control system. The ZL1 packs a more powerful version of the supercharged 6.2-liter LSA V8 that was introduced in the Cadillac CTS-V. In the Camaro, the motor is good for 580 horsepower and 556 lb-ft of torque, beating out the classic 1969 ZL1’s 427 cubic inch V8 by more than 150 horsepower. Helping make those impressive power figures is a 1.9-liter Roots-style supercharger that crams air into the engine with a pair of four-lobe rotors and the aid of an intercooler.
With a massive HEMI motor, a performance-tuned suspension and vintage-inspired good looks, the Challenger SRT Hellcat is the range-topping model in Dodge’s Challenger muscle car lineup. With a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® SRT Hellcat engine, it produces an unprecedented 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque, making it the most powerful Challenger ever, Dodge’s most powerful V-8 ever and the most powerful muscle car ever