Let’s clear one thing up right away: No one in their right mind would ever put a Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye or a Lamborghini Urus on one of the world’s most iconic racetracks. And yet, there we were, sitting in the paddock of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during Best Driver’s Car, the red key to the Challenger, and the Audi-shaped key to the Urus in our hands. Our go-to hot shoe, Randy Pobst, looked in need of a shot of adrenaline, so we chucked him the keys and set him loose on the track.
Before watching Randy lap the Hellcat and Urus back to back, let’s get to know our two cars real quick, shall we? We’re betting that the Dodge is the one you’re more familiar with—and not just because you can afford almost three of them for the as-tested price of the Lamborghini. Little has changed physically about the Challenger since it made its debut way back in 2008, save for a revised lower air intake and widebody fenders on our tester. The biggest changes came in 2015 when Dodge introduced its monstrous Hellcat 6.2-liter supercharged V-8, which makes a ridiculous 707 hp. For those Hellcat owners who don’t find themselves going through rear tires fast enough, Dodge introduced the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye last year. With a bigger supercharger, upgraded cooling, and a widebody kit designed to (hopefully) help the Dodge grip and corner better than before, the Challenger Redeye makes 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque. All that power is routed to the rear wheels via a beefy eight-speed automatic. With the right driver behind the wheel, the Redeye is capable of running from 0 to 60 mph in 3.8 seconds, from 0 to 100 mph and back again in 11.8 seconds, and lapping our figure eight in 24.7 seconds at 0.80 g average.
The Lamborghini Urus is the new (rich) kid on the block. Built from a hodgepodge of Audi, Bentley, and Porsche parts—and all the better for it—the Urus faithfully wears the Lamborghini name. Its 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 may be down on displacement to the big American, but it more than makes up for it in power output, churning out 641 hp and 627 lb-ft of torque. All that power is sent through an eight-speed automatic, and then to the wheels via a torque-vectoring all-wheel-drive system. As it sits, the Urus is the quickest SUV we’ve ever tested. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 3.0 seconds, and it’ll run from 0 to 100 to 0 mph in 11.7 seconds. It can handle, too, lapping our figure eight in 23.5 seconds at 0.87 g.
So which was Randy quickest in around Laguna Seca? Check out the video and see for yourself.