How many Citroën 2CVs does it take to equal the horsepower of a Hellcat?


How many Citroën 2CVs does it take to equal the horsepower of a Hellcat?

First manufactured in 1948, the tiny Citroen 2CV (or deux-chevaux) has been described as a car “like no other”, a vehicle of “remorseless rationality”. Cheap to buy, simple to service, and featured high (and adjustable) ground clearance that gave it a surprising degree of off-road capability. But most importantly for our purposes, the air-cooled engines that powered this paragon of automotive minimalism were very, very small – with a 375 cc, 9 horsepower engine in its initial model.

Now, let’s paint another picture – a picture of power, and of a heritage that reaches back to the golden era of American muscle cars. One look at the two-door 2016 Dodge Challenger and four-door Dodge Charger shows that the language of automotive power is alive and well – with a suite of modern safety, convenience, and performance features that ground them firmly in the 21st century. And with one tap or click, you can find a Challenger or Charger of your own in the Hanna Chrysler inventory. Check it out!

Now, the base Charger model, the SE, tops out at a respectable 292 horsepower, while the baseline Challenger SXT boasts 305 horsepower. The powerful 3.6L Pentastar™ VVT V6 is a wonder to hear and a pleasure to drive, and combine the longstanding tradition of Dodge power with surprising fuel efficiency.

But when you start looking at these classic muscle cars’ optional trims, you start to discover the Dodge commitment to muscle runs deep indeed.

How many Citroen 2CVs does it take to equal the horsepower of a Hellcat?

The Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat are a truly dominating force on the road. Performance-tuned steering, brakes, suspension, and more combine create a nimble, responsive driving experience – because nothing less could contain the 6.2L Supercharged HEMI® SRT® Hellcat V8’s 707 horsepower.


Let that number sink in for a little while.

So as you might remember, the 1948 release of the Citroen 2CV offered a whopping 375 cc (yes, that’s .375L of displacement, if you’re counting), 9 horsepower engine.

So how many of them would it take to equal the pulse-pounding power of the Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat?

To match the horsepower output of a fully-unleashed Hellcat... you’d need a whopping 79 of them.

And while the 6.2 litres of the Hellcat V8 rest comfortably behind an attractive Dodge hood scoop, the equivalent 2CV engines would have a combined displacement of 29.6 litres.

And if you’re having any trouble visualizing that, this is what a 30-litre aircraft engine looks – and sounds – like:

And along those same lines, it’d take 1,414 half-horsepower utility engines to do the same thing. I don’t know why you’d want to, but you absolutely could!

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