Is a Modified Dodge Challenger Scat Pack a Better Deal Than a Hellcat?

One cammed Scat Pack's owner is running an 11.2-second quarter mile.

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It's widely known you get a lot of bang for your buck when purchasing a Dodge Challenger Hellcat. Starting at $64,195 you get a 6.2-liter supercharged V-8 making 707 horsepower and 650 pound-feet of torque. However, the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack starts at just $38,995 and has plenty of vroom, thanks to the 6.4-liter V-8 jammed under the hood. Cranking out 485 hp and 465 lb-ft of torque, the Scat Pack is no slouch at just $80.40 per horsepower, opposed to the Hellcat's $90.79 per horsepower. So the real question is: Can you get the Dodge Challenger Scat Pack up to Hellcat performance numbers, while spending less than the $25,200 difference between the two trims?

As long as you stick with minor engine modifications and primarily bolt-on parts, it is going to be extremely hard to hit that $25,200 ceiling. One YouTuber, Delano McFarlane, appears to have successfully made a Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack comparable in quarter-mile times to the Hellcat (11.7 seconds on street tires). According to the YouTuber's page, his Challenger is making 490 hp at the wheels and has achieved 11.2 seconds in the quarter mile on his best run.

According to a past YouTube post, the proud Scat Pack owner has done the following modifications: "MMX 270 Cam, MMX CNC heads, Kook coated 1 7/8x3 headers, high flow kooks midpipes, 95mm hellcat throttle body, unlocked PCM, Diablo Trinity, K&N drop in filter, Hellcat lower airbox, upper CrankCase breather, Lower CrankCase breaker" as well as some suspension and wheel modifications.