Hellcat power doesn't guarantee a win.
We were all very excited last year when we learned that the Jeep Wrangler 392 would make production. The idea of a 6.4-liter Hemi V8 appeals to us a lot, and with 470 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque, this is a fun rock-crawler. But because drag races are fun to watch, TFLT decided to use the 99-mph limited Wrangler in a drag race against another Stellantis V8 product: the mighty Ram 1500 TRX. We've seen disappointing real-world power figures from this truck, and with more weight to carry around, it could have its work cut out for it. Check out the video below to see how the Wrangler 392 fares.
As you would expect, the Wrangler loses the first race, but driver error is partly to blame because of a poor launch. As a result, the TRX driver agrees to a rerun, but with his 6.2-liter supercharged V8 producing a ridiculous 702 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque, he has the confidence to give the Wrangler driver a headstart, albeit a small one. As the only Wrangler offered with paddle shifters, once the 392 driver gets a good launch, it's all down to the vehicles to scrap it out. Expectedly, even letting the Wrangler get the hit isn't enough to keep the TRX from winning this race.
Obviously, these two vehicles are built to suit very different applications, and as the video notes, the TRX would be unable to keep up with the Wrangler 392 on a rocky trail while the Jeep would probably lose sight of the Ram if the latter were to go blasting across sand dunes. Both cars cost around $77,000, so neither is cheap, and both will be very expensive on gas too, but it's interesting to see a stock Wrangler come so close to embarrassing the Hellcat-powered TRX. It's tough to pick a winner here, but as a fast, comfortable, V8-powered, go-anywhere, do-anything machine, it seems that the TRX is still the best overall package out there.