The 710-HP Dodge Durango Is Walter White On Weekdays And Heisenberg On Weekends!
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The 710-HP Dodge Durango Is Walter White On Weekdays And Heisenberg On Weekends!

The Durango Hellcat shows us that a three-row SUV can be a perfect family SUV and drag strip monster

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Sam from ‘Sam CarLegion’ uploaded another drag race video on his YouTube channel, this time involving two stalwarts known for their punchy prowess. On one corner, we had the mighty Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, and on the other, the Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S. Both these vehicles are powerful and fast, so it makes for an unpredictable race. Who do you think will win?

How Much Power Do They Make?

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Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat:
It is powered by a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 mill that generates 710 HP and 645 lb/ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic gearbox routes power to all four wheels
The Dodge Durango Hellcat is powered by a 6.2-liter, supercharged V-8 engine that puts out 710 horses and 645 pound-feet of torque.

Power is routed to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.

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The Mercedes-AMG GLE 63 S comes with a 4.0-liter, bi-turbo V-8 mill under the hood. It makes 603 ponies and 627 pound-feet of twist.

A nine-speed automatic transmission channels power to all four wheels.

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The Durango weighs 5,334 pounds, whereas the GLE 63 S is slightly heavier at 5,456 pounds. This gives them a power-to-weight ratio of .133 hp/lb and .111 hp/lb, respectively

The three-row SUV tips the scales at 5,334 pounds, but surprisingly, the GLE 63 S is the heavier one here. It weighs 5,456 pounds, giving it a power-to-weight ratio of .111 hp/lb. The Durango’s power-to-weight ratio, on the other hand, is .133 hp/lb.

That Was A Close Contest!

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Drag Race 1 of 2:
The cars were locked in Race/Track modes. When they got off the line, the Durango was slightly ahead, but the GLE 63 S pulled things back and scored a win

The first round was a drag race with both the beasts slot in Race/Track mode. When they got off the line, the Durango was slightly ahead. However, the GLE 63 S manage to pull it back and scored a surprising victory. The Durango took 13.2 seconds at 115 mph to complete the quarter-mile distance, whereas the GLE 63 S took 12.48 seconds at 117 mph.

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The second race was also in the same settings. This time, the Dodge just flew off the line and the AMG had no chance to catch up. Going by this race, it looked like the Durango struggled to get a perfect launch the first time. This time, the Mercedes took 12.68 seconds at 119 mph. The Durango’s time was not revealed.

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Roll Race 1 of 2:
Mark and Sam then took part in a rolling race from 31 mph with the vehicles slot in the Race/Track mode The Durango had a better kickdown, and kept it that to win the race

Next up was a rolling race from 31 mph with the SUV and coupe slotted in the Race/Track mode and gearbox locked in automatic mode. The Durango had a better kickdown, but it looked like the AMG will be able to catch it. A couple of seconds later, the three-row SUV zoomed past it again to gain a victory.

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Sam and Mark raced with their vehicles in the same settings as before. This time, the race was much closer, but the Durango had its nose ahead right from kickdown and managed to keep it that way till the finish line.

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In the end, this was a 3-1 win for the Dodge Durango, but not a dominating one, per se. Nevertheless, it was a fun race overall. Watch the video below and let us know your thoughts about it in the comments section.

Sidd Dhimaan
Sidd Dhimaan
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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. Fast forward to today, and he is currently serving as a senior editor, pickup truck expert, and EV expert.  Read full bio
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