Hennessey has built an absolute monster.
With a 6.2-liter supercharged HEMI V8 engine pumping out 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is already the world's most powerful production SUV. But that didn't Hennessey Performance from taking it to the next level.
Back in October last year, the Texas tuner unveiled its new HPE1000 upgrade kit that increases the output to 1,012 hp and 969 lb-ft of torque, which is insane for a full-size three-row family SUV. This substantial performance boost was achieved by adding a 2.65-liter supercharger system, stainless steel long tube headers, and a high-flow air induction system among other upgrades.
Fast forward eight months later, and the first customer example of the Dodge Durango HPE1000 has been completed. To show what this super SUV can do, Hennessey pitted the Durango against a Lamborghini Aventador S. In normal circumstances, pitting a two-door supercar against a three-row SUV sounds ridiculous, but these aren't normal circumstances.
Compared to the Durango, the Italian supercar has less power, with a 6.5-liter V12 producing 730 hp and 507 lb-ft of torque. This means it has around 300 fewer horses, but the Aventador is of course significantly lighter than the Durango. Both cars also have AWD providing superior traction to make this a fair fight.
Even though the Aventador is carrying less weight, it's no match for the 1,000-hp Durango. In the first drag race from a standing start, the Durango rockets off the line and gains a huge lead over the Aventador, destroying the Italian supercar. Towards the end of the race, the lighter Aventador starts to catch up but is defeated by the Durango.
To shake things up, the Aventador is allowed to race off the line first, but it still can't beat the Durango, which quickly overtakes and leaves it for dust. Hennessey has created a monster - it's not every day you get to see a supercar get humiliated by a three-row SUV in a drag race.