Watch the three most powerful SUVs on the market battle it out.
The idea of performance car makers building family-hauling SUVs was inconceivable a few years ago, but this is now a reality. Even Ferrari is joining the super SUV craze with the upcoming Purosangue. But which super SUV currently on the market is the fastest and do you need to spend six figures to get the best performance?
To find out, Throttle House gathered the three most powerful gas SUVs currently on the market for a series of drag and roll races: the Lamborghini Urus, Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, and the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. All three of these heavyweights have a V8 under the hood and all-wheel drive, but here's how the specifications compare.
The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk are both powered by a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 rated at 710 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque in the Durango SRT Hellcat and 707 hp/645 lb-ft in the Trackhawk. The Urus, on the other hand, packs a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 641 hp and 626 lb-ft of torque.
While the Durango SRT Hellcat has the most power, it's also the heaviest out of the three SUVs, tipping the scales at 5,710 pounds. By contrast, the Urus has the least power but is the lightest out of the trio, making for an interesting race.
In the first drag race, all three SUVs race off the line using launch control. Despite its huge heft, the Durango SRT Hellcat immediately pulls ahead of its competitors and crosses the line first, followed closely by the Trackhawk and Urus. For round two, launch control is switched off but the Durango still takes the victory, with the Trackhawk and Urus finishing in second and third place respectively, but the Trackhawk closed the gap towards the end for a close finish. In the third and final round, all three SUVs duke it out in a rolling drag race.
This time, the results are reversed: the lighter Urus finishes first, followed by the Trackhawk and Durango. Considering the significant price difference between the Durango SRT Hellcat ($80,995), and the Urus ($207,326), the fact the American heavyweight only lost one race is seriously impressive.