The Durango has 215 ponies more than the ‘Vette, but also weighs over 2,300 pounds heavier

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Hennessey has been quite active on its YouTube page lately. The aftermarket company is planning to infuse its famed HPE1000 package into the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. But, before the SUV went under the knife, Hennessey decided to race it stock with some other sports car. Recently, the company brought the Durango SRT Hellcat and the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 to the drag strip and raced them both. This time, it’s the family SUV versus the Chevy C8 Corvette. Can it make short work of the C8 ‘Vette?

What Is The C8 Corvette Up Against?

Can the C8 Corvette Beat The Three-Row Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat On A Drag Strip?
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While one of them is a family SUV and one a sports car, their power outputs reflect otherwise. The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat comes with a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 HEMI engine under the hood. It churns out 710 horses and 645 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to all the four wheels via an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic gearbox. The Durango Hellcat takes just 3.5 seconds to sprint to 60 mph from rest and has a top speed of 180 mph. This is despite being a three-row SUV with unimpressive aero-efficiency, and weighing in at 5,710 pounds.

Can the C8 Corvette Beat The Three-Row Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat On A Drag Strip?
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The C8 Corvette also features a 6.2-liter, V-8 mill. This is a naturally aspirated engine that makes 495 ponies and 470 pound-feet of twist. Power hits the ground via an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox that helps the car propel to 60 mph from rest in just 2.9 seconds with a top speed of 190 mph. It weighs just 3,366 pounds, which makes it almost over 2,400 pounds lighter. It is aerodynamically more efficient, but despite this, the Durango Hellcat boasts of a better power-to-weight ratio.

This Wasn’t A Conventional Drag Race

Can the C8 Corvette Beat The Three-Row Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat On A Drag Strip?
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Hennessey didn’t conduct a typical quarter-mile race and rather noticed when one car overtook the other. The Dodge Durango was quicker off the line and the mid-engine car was able to catch up only after crossing the 125 mph mark. However, it looked like the C8 driver was a little late to react both the times they raced.

Since we were curious to see who would win in case of a conventional quarter-mile race, we dug up some information and found that the C8 Corvette has done quarter-mile runs in 11.2 seconds at a trap speed of 122 mph in the past.

Can the C8 Corvette Beat The Three-Row Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat On A Drag Strip?
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As for the Durango SRT Hellcat’s, the automaker had revealed at the time of its debut that the SUV took just 11.5 seconds to the quarter-mile, which was validated and verified by the National Hot Rod Association. If we consider these facts, then both these vehicles would’ve reached the quarter-mile mark at about the exact same time. Perhaps, one of them would’ve won just by the nose.

If this were a typical quarter-mile drag race, who do you think would’ve won? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
Associate Editor and Truck Expert - sidd@topspeed.com
Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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