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Grocery Getter Drag Race: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Vs Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat vs the Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon is a battle for the ultimate grocery getter

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Coming up with a car that can both give you the ultimate driver satisfaction and be a usable daily driver is a tall order. Or at least it used to be. The two contenders in today’s drag race prove that nothing is impossible. The YouTube channel Sam CarLegion has arranged for the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon to throw down on the drag strip and see, which is the ultimate grocery getter.

Grocery Getter Drag Race: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Vs Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon
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However, aerodynamics count for more at the later half of the race
Despite its exceptional launch, the Durango’s tall stature played against it

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is a lot of car, so it needs a lot of engine in order to take on the AMG E63 S. The full-size SUV is equipped with a 6.2-liter Hellcat V-8 engine. The pushrod unit develops 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet (875 Nm). All this hits the ground through a ZF eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. However, there’s no hiding the fact that the Durango SRT weighs in at a whopping 5,334 pounds (2,419 kg).

Grocery Getter Drag Race: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Vs Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon
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Mercedes has a much smaller V-8, but it more than makes up for it
The 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 puts down 603 hp and 627 lb/ft

Mercedes’ AMG E63 S is probably the quickest station wagon currently on sale. It has a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 that makes 603 horsepower and 627 pound-feet (850 Nm). They hit the ground through a 9G-Tronic nine-speed automatic and Mercedes’ all-wheel-drive system. Although lighter than the Dodge, the “Merc” still weighs in at a hefty 4,683 pounds (2,124 kg). That said, the E63 S has a much lower silhouette than the big SUV, so aerodynamics could be the decisive factor.

The two machines make three runs from a dig and one 50 km/h (31 mph) rolling race. In normal mode, the Durango SRT Hellcat rockets off the line, but as suspected, the lighter, more aerodynamic Mercedes catches it in the end. In Sport mode (Track mode for the Dodge), the Mercedes launches much more aggressively, giving it the lead much earlier in the race.

Grocery Getter Drag Race: Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Vs Mercedes AMG E63 S Wagon
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These two prove that grocery getters can be exciting
The 3-row Hellcat SUV takes on the more practical version of AMG’s Autobahn missile

For the rolling race (also in Sport/Track mode), the Supercharged V-8 showcases its superior response to the German twin-turbo V-8, by simply vanishing from the camera view. You wouldn’t think that a 5,334-pound SUV would be able to move the way the Durango SRT Hellcat did. However, as before, the more “slippery” Mercedes overtook it and won. The video finishes with the third race from a dig and the results are similar to the first ones.

Regardless, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat proves that SUVs should not be underestimated when talking about straight-line performance. Moreover, it proved it can keep up with a proper Autobahn missile. It also costs less, at $82,500 vs $113,000 (starting price). Watch the video below and let us know what you think. Which one do you think is a better grocery getter?

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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