Since drag racing’s inception, accelerating from a standstill to a fixed point a quarter mile away has defined how muscle cars measure up. Fourteen seconds turned heads in their heyday (the late 1960s/early 1970s), and even now, most barely crack the 12s. The 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT (starting at $26,495) travels the 1,320 feet in 10.8. “Our goal was to produce the fastest muscle car ever,” says Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis. Mission accomplished: The 707-horsepower engine makes the Challenger not only that but also the fifth most powerful passenger vehicle sold in the U.S., behind speed racers from brands like McLaren, Ferrari, and Porsche.