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Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 Vs. Ford Mustang GT: Drag-Strip Tested

2018 Ford Mustang GT PP1

During our recent visit to Great Lakes Dragaway in Union Grove, Wis., we had two very special vehicles. One of them was new for 2019 — the Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320 — and the other was the 2018 Ford Mustang GT with Performance Package 1.

Related: Dodge Challenger R/T Scat Pack 1320: Like a Demon, Only Slower and Cheaper

The Challenger Scat Pack 1320 (named for the 1,320 feet in a quarter-mile) is a naturally aspirated 485-horsepower car, and perhaps could be considered the grandson of the Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. It has Demon shocks, a transbrake system and drag radial tires from the factory. Dodge says it’ll do 11.7 seconds in the quarter-mile at 115 mph.

As for the 2018 Mustang, we’ve had some pretty good luck with this car in the past — 11.9 seconds. We brought that exact car back to see if you really need to get a single-seater, drag special limited-edition Challenger to go 11 seconds in a quarter-mile.

It’s an interesting matchup. The Mustang is lighter than the Challenger, but it’s down about 20 hp — 460 hp compared to the Challenger’s 485 hp. Still, it’s not as if putting them up against each other on the track is an apples-to-oranges comparison: These are both 11-second cars; they both have drag modes; and they’re both doing tricky stuff with the suspension. The Mustang has the optional adaptive dampers, while the Challenger has that standard.

How did this pair fare on the drag strip?  Check out the video below to find out.

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