Automakers are making fewer and fewer sedans, but the ones they produce have never been better. Sam CarLegion’s YouTube channel has two very different examples – the 2022 Hyundai Elantra N and the Dodge Charger Daytona – and a new video comparing the two on the drag strip. The two are very different under the hood, but how does that translate to the track?
Hyundai packs 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 289 pound-feet (391 Newton-meters) of torque, which propel the 3,300 pound (1,496 kilogram) family sedan.
The Dodge Charger has a naturally aspirated 5.7-liter V8 engine that produces 375 hp (279 kW) and 395 lb-ft (535 Nm) of torque. Power is sent through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to the rear wheels. Dodge delivers more power, but also has more weight to move. The four-door Dodge weighs 4,300 lbs (1,950 kg), and that weight is visible on the race track.
Elantra N struggled to get off the line in the first race. Wheel hop slows down the start, and can’t catch up with Dodge. The second race was much closer, thanks to a better start from Elantra. It’s still slower than the Charger, but experiences less wheel hopping, allowing it to catch up. Dodge and Hyundai crossed the finish line at the same time.
The rolling race is where Hyundai really surprised, with the Elantra able to pull away from Dodge as the pair accelerated towards the finish line. The final passing test was in Dodge’s favor, but not by much. The Hyundai was able to keep up, finishing about half the length of the car behind.
The Hyundai Elantra N and Dodge Charger Daytona are both sedans, but with some pretty significant differences. However, the difference is not so noticeable in drag racing. The Dodge Charger sounds fantastic and delivers more power, but the lighter Hyundai is no slouch with its smaller, less powerful four-cylinder engine.