Drag Race: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Vs. Ford Mustang Shelby GT500

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Hennessey is preparing to give the three-row SUV a 1,000-hp upgrade.

Last week, we watched the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat put the Lamborghini Urus to shame. In two out of three drag races, the Durango made the Urus look slow. Granted, the Durango has more horsepower under the hood, but it's also a lot heavier since it offers three rows of seats and is also over $100,000 cheaper than the Italian super SUV.

In stock form, the Durango SRT Hellcat is powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 producing 710 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque, making it one of the most powerful SUVs on the planet. If that's still not enough power for you to handle, Hennessey is preparing an HPE1000 upgrade for the Hellcat-powered Durango that will increase the output to over 1,000 hp.

Hennessey Performance/YouTube
Hennessey Performance/YouTube

But first, the Texas tuner wanted to see how the stock SUV performs in a drag race against a stock Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 at the Pennzoil Proving Ground.

Normally, a three-row SUV wouldn't stand a chance against a sports car in a drag race, but this is not a normal muscle car and SUV duel. Both models pack a supercharged V8 with similar outputs. In the GT500, Ford's 5.2-liter supercharged V8 pumps out 760 hp and 625 lb-ft of torque, which is sent to the rear wheels compared to the AWD Durango. The GT500 has more power and less weight than the Durango, but the Durango's superior traction allows it to rocket off the line more rapidly than the GT500.

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For a heavy three-row SUV, the Durango's acceleration is astonishing. In the first drag race, the GT500 struggles to put the power down giving the Durango an early lead, but the lighter muscle car soon catches up and takes the victory. Even on warmer tires, the GT500 gets left for dust at the start of the second race.

Clearly, the standard Durango Hellcat is no slouch, but the HPE1000 upgrade will take the three-row SUV to new levels of insanity. Only 50 examples will be built, each producing a neck-snapping 1,012 hp and 969 lb-ft of torque. Hennessey claims this extra muscle will reduce the 0-60 mph sprint time down to 2.8 seconds - not bad for a three-row SUV.

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Hennessey Performance/YouTube
Hennessey Performance/YouTube

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