Can anything defeat this monster SUV?
Over the last few weeks, we've seen Hennessey showcase the phenomenal prowess of its heavily modified Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat in a series of drag races. With over 1,000 horsepower on tap, Hennessey's super SUV offers supercar-beating performance, despite its heft.
First, we watched Hennessey's 1,000-hp three-row SUV make a Lamborghini Aventador S look slow, then the Texas tuner showed how much faster the HPE1000 is than the standard Durango SRT Hellcat. In this latest duel, Hennessey pit the Durango HPE1000 against the Corvette Stingray to see how it compares to Chevrolet's mid-engine sports car. The standard Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is already the world's most powerful SUV, packing a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi Hellcat V8 producing 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque.
That didn't stop Hennessey from cranking up the output all the way to 1,012 hp and 969 lb-ft of torque. It's excessive, and that's exactly the point: it's always fun watching a three-row family SUV outrun some of the world's fastest sports cars and supercars.
In the drag race, the Corvette Stingray was left stock with a 6.2-liter V8 pumping out 490 horsepower and 465 lb-ft. Crucially, the C8 Corvette is significantly lighter, with a curb weight of 3,366 pounds. By contrast, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat weighs a whopping 5,710 pounds. For those keeping track, that's the Stingray's 6.86 pounds per horse versus the Durango's 5.64.
Even without using launch control, the Durango's extra muscle and all-wheel-drive system allow it to pull away from the Corvette and gain a massive lead. For the second race, the C8 Corvette used launch control to give it an advantage, but the mid-engine sports car was still no match for the 1,000-hp three-row SUV.
This isn't the first time the C8 Corvette has been defeated by the Durango, as Hennessey also raced it against a stock Durango SRT Hellcat. Hennessey will only build 50 examples of the Durango HPE1000 and is charging $34,950 for the upgrade, bringing the total cost to over $114,000 including the donor car.