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Automakers are making fewer and fewer sedans, but the ones they are producing have never been better. The Sam CarLegion YouTube channel has two very different examples – a 2022 Hyundai Elantra N and a Dodge Charger Daytona – as well as a new video comparing the two on the drag strip. Under the hood, the two are very different, but how does that translate to the track?
The Hyundai is equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that drives the front wheels via an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission. The engine produces 286 horsepower (213 kilowatts) and torque of 289 pound-feet (391 Newton-meters), propelling the 3,300-pound (1,496-kilogram) family sedan.
The Dodge Charger is powered by a 5.7-liter naturally aspirated V8 engine that produces 375 hp (279 kW) and 395 lb-ft (535 Nm) of torque. The power is routed to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The Dodge has significantly more power, but it also has significantly more weight to move. The four-door Dodge weighs 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilogrammes), which is noticeable on the racetrack.
In the first race, the Elantra N struggles to get off the line. Its start is slowed by wheel hop, and it is unable to catch up to the Dodge. Because of the Elantra’s better start, the second race is much closer. Although it is slower off the line than the Charger, it has less wheel hop, allowing it to catch up. The Dodge and Hyundai arrive at the finish line simultaneously.
The rolling race is where the Hyundai really shines, with the Elantra pulling away from the Dodge as the pair approached the finish line. The final passing test favours the Dodge, but only marginally. The Hyundai can keep up, finishing about a car length behind.
The Hyundai Elantra N and Dodge Charger Daytona are both sedans, but they differ significantly. In a drag race, however, those differences are less noticeable. The Dodge Charger sounds great and has a lot more power, but the lighter Hyundai isn’t a slouch either, despite having a smaller, less powerful four-cylinder engine.
Source: Sam CarLegion / YouTube
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