World’s Fastest Sedan 2015: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs BMW M5 vs Mercedes S65 vs Jaguar XJR vs Aston Martin Rapide S vs Cadillac CTS-V

BMW M5, Videos | February 20th, 2015 by 21
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Justin Bell gathered six super-sedans and ran them through a series of three tests to determine the world’s fastest sedan

Justin Bell is a British race car driver and winner of the 1998 GT2 Class at Le Mans, among many other racing achievements. Recently, Bell decided to test out the world’s fastest sedans to see which is the fastest of them all. To do so, Bell gathered six super-sedans and ran them through a series of three tests. In the first and second test, two cars would be eliminated, leaving only two cars remaining for the final top speed showdown.

The first test is a simple, 0-60 test, where Bell gathers all six cars, in two groups of three, and runs each group to 60 mph. The loser in each group is then eliminated. The second is two groups of two cars, each do a standing quarter mile run, and the loser in each group is, again, eliminated. The last and final test pits the final two cars against each other in a top speed test to see which is, ultimately, the fastest sedan…in the world.

Before we get into the winners, let’s look at the contestants and their specs. They are as follows:

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Cadillac CTS-V – Not the new one, obviously, as it hasn’t been released yet. But this last-gen CTS-V still packs a mighty punch.

  • 2 Liter, Supercharges, LSA V8 producing 556 hp and 551 lb-ft of torque
  • 6-Speed automatic or 6-Speed manual transmission
  • 0-60 in 4.2 seconds
  • ¼ mile in 12.0 seconds
  • Top Speed of 179 mph

Aston Martin Rapide S – The new Rapide S is the most expensive car in the test, but that doesn’t necessarily make it the fastest. It’s also one of two V12’s.

  • 9 Liter V12 producing 550 hp and 457 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-Speed ZF automatic transmission
  • 0-60 in 4.7 seconds
  • ¼ mile in 13.1 seconds
  • Top Speed of 190 mph

Mercedes-Benz S65 AMG – The big bruiser in the S Class family, the S65 AMG features the only other V12 and has the biggest engine.

  • 0 Liter, twin-turbo V12 producing 621 hp and 738 lb-ft of torque
  • 7-Speed automatic transmission
  • 0-60 in 4.0 seconds
  • Top Speed of 155 mph (limited)

Jaguar XJR – Jag’s uber-luxury sedan actually has more teeth than it looks.

  • 0 Liter Supercharged V8 producing 550 hp an d502 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-Speed ZF automatic transmission
  • 0-60 in 3.9 seconds
  • ¼ mile in 12.2 seconds
  • Top Speed of174 mph

BMW M5 – As Justin Bell says in the video, BMW has made its bones racing, so the M5 is fast.

  • 4 Liter, twin-turbo V8 producing 575 hp and 500 ;b-ft of torque
  • 7-Speed DCT transmission
  • 0-60 in 3.9 seconds
  • ¼ mile in 11.9 seconds
  • Top Speed of 160 mph (limited)

Dodge Charger Hellcat – Holds the title of most powerful sedan in the world but does that make it fastest?

  • 1 Liter, Supercharged, Hemi V8 producing 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque
  • 8-Speed ZF automatic transmission
  • 0-60 in 3.4 seconds
  • ¼ mile in 11.4 seconds
  • Top Speed of 204 mph (claimed)

These are all very different cars that have very interesting specs. Some cars are faster to sixty than other but slower in the quarter mile. Some are faster to sixty and in the quarter mile but have lower top speeds. That’s the interesting thing about this test. Because it happens in three different heats, certain cars that might have done well in the second heat don’t get the chance because they lost in the first. So it actually turns out to be quite the interesting matchup.

In the first heat, Bell pits the Caddy, the Benz and the Hellcat against each other in one group while the second group consists of the Rapide, M5 and Jaguar XJR, in a 0-60 mph test. The Caddy and the Rapide lose the first heat, while the rest advance to the second.

In the second heat, the M5 faces the Hellcat in the ¼ mile, while the Jag takes on the Benz. Both the M5 and the Benz lose to their respective opponents, so they don’t move on to the final top speed test.

The final, top speed, heat pits the Hellcat, the most powerful sedan in the world, up against the Jaguar XJR. I must admit, at the beginning of this test, I never saw the Jag making it to the end. I thought it was going to be the Hellcat up against the M5 or S65 AMG. But nevertheless, here we are. And Justin Bell takes them on a top-speed testing track to see which car will win. It would seem like the Hellcat would take the easy victory. And it does. Even though Bell isn’t able to hit the claimed 204 mph mark, he does hit 194 mpg, which is faster than the Jag’s 174.

The Rapide S probably could have given the Hellcat a better run for its money than the Jag, but it still wouldn’t have mattered. The Dodge Charger Hellcat is the fastest sedan in the worl.

21 responses to “World’s Fastest Sedan 2015: Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat vs BMW M5 vs Mercedes S65 vs Jaguar XJR vs Aston Martin Rapide S vs Cadillac CTS-V”

  1. CDspeed says:

    Hmm, no Tesla Model S P85D, 691 HP, 155 MPH limited top speed, 0-60 in 3.2. He says rear wheel drive, then at the end says fastest production sedan, it’s not the most thorough test is it? And anything with 707 horsepower is going to be fast, even a crappy Dodge.

    • JRobUSC says:

      The Tesla might have made the finals if it made it through the 1/4 mile heat, but still would’ve lost. The Dodge has no top speed governor, all the others do. So it was a foregone conclusion who would win before the test was performed.

    • Patrick McCallum says:

      agree, this comparison leaves out the worlds fastest production sedan (Tesla Model S P85D). lame… not credible.

      • CDspeed says:

        To be fair, the Porsche Panamera Turbo S isn’t slow either. It was a stupid test the more you think about it, he basically determined which car is the better drag racer, and of course that’s the Dodge. Throw in cornering abilities, and the outcome would have been very different.

    • kyle says:

      the tesla would have ran out of power after the first round

      • sdrew says:

        Actually the Hellcat would run out of gas before the Telsa ran out of power!! Check the numbers on these cars and you will see how wrong you are!!
        This was produced by Bell and Ammo for Dodge SRT, the only brand in the credits is the Dodge and Bell&Ammo lists Dodge SRT as their client….Bell and Ammo is an advertising firm that specializes in the automotive industry. Porsche Panamera turbo S is faster around a track and would best the hellcat in a best of 5 face off, the Porsche puts the power down and the Dodge needs to start in 2nd to launch as 1st just smokes ths tires…also need to be put directly into automatic mode from 2nd!!

  2. Icebreaker says:

    M5 was limited to 155 fuck off M5 shouldve won. even the merc was limited bullshit review more like dodge advert

    • CDspeed says:

      This was more of a drag race test, and of course the car built as a drag racer won. It was almost a Dodge commercial, if your going to only test which car is fast in a straight line, that’s what the Dodge was built to do, and that’s probably all it’s good for. If they had to do a few laps on a track……………………………..

  3. Tony says:

    Announcer: “and here we come to the first turn and..oh, my god..we hope the driver of that charger is okay.”

  4. realtrevor says:

    This comparison is a bit stupid, the M5 is quicker than the XJR on a quarter mile, but the XJR was featured in the finals. The whole comparison was planned to have the XJR in the finals. The Hellcat is definitely fast.

  5. realtrevor says:

    This comparison is a bit stupid, the M5 is quicker than the XJR on a quarter mile, but the XJR was featured in the finals. The whole comparison was planned to have the XJR in the finals. The Hellcat is definitely fast.

  6. Chris says:

    What a stupid review, those idiots should take the m5 competition package, not the mention the 30 jahre edition.

  7. 2sfhim says:

    Alpina B5 Biturbo Edition 50 : 330 km/h. Faster than the Dodge. Much more refined, beautiful and comfortable too.

  8. se says:

    Its rear wheel becuase the Porsche Panamera Turbo S is faster 0-60 and will beat it on any race track. Its also worth mentioning the hellcats lap time at willow springs was only a little quicker than the e60 M5, that a 235 with an M package was more than a minute and a half quicker, the F10 M5 has a much faster lap time at the Nurburgring than the 235 m package, so reality is the hellcat is lots of power and even more hype!

  9. sdrew says:

    This is not Justin Bell getting these cars together, Bell and Ammo produced this video and they do advertising for Dodge srt!!!!! The entire thing runs like a Dodge sales pitch…..common….shouldnt a bmw blog see through this crap? Do some research…the credits at the end only show Dodge SRT and Bell helmets, no other brand is mentioned, then go to Bell and Ammo and Dodge srt is listed as their client and they have some of the ads they have done. Wtf
    Willow Springs showed its not good outside of circles, straight lines and burn outs…..a Damn 235 m package kicked its arse!!

  10. Name says:

    Cadillac doesn’t have a 2L, it has a 6.2L. Aston Martin Rapide S has a 6L, not 9L. Mercedes S65 AMG has a 6L, not 0L. Jaguar XJR has a 5L. BMW M5 has a 4.4L, not a 4L. Dodge Charger Hellcat has a 6.2L, not a 1L engine.

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