Dodge Durango Hellcat Takes On A Shelby GT500 - Does AWD Give the SUV an Edge?
Hennessey Performance had two new visitors at its facility, both of which came to be tuned up to around 1,000 horses. One was a family SUV with a sports car alter ego called the Dodge Durango Hellcat, and the other one was a two-door, rear-wheel-drive sports car from Shelby called the GT500. Both makoverof 700 horses and took under four seconds to 60 mph from rest. These are the stock specs, in case you were wondering. So, before they were injected with steroids, the folks at Hennessey decided to race the two of them because, well, why not! Who do you think will win?
This 2,000HP Dodge Viper Is Stupid Fast
Power is great, but just how much power is enough? Apparently, there is no such thing, as one of YouTube’s go-to racing channels – “That Racing Channel” (TRC) – gives us a ride-along in one very fast Dodge Viper. This isn’t just any Viper, as you will find out below. As usual, we get the story behind the car, how the owner got it, and what’s been done to it. Spoiler alert: there are some pretty crazy facts about this particular snake.
Someone Seriously Put a Dodge Challenger Hellcat On Buggy Wheels
YouTubers are known to do some pretty silly stuff in order to rack up followers, or simply to entertain their existing audience. That said, what sometimes seems downright stupid, occasionally gives us answers to questions we never knew we wanted to ask, or simply wouldn’t dare test for ourselves. US-based YouTuber WhistlingDiesel decided to see how usable a 700+ horsepower muscle car can be if you change the sticky rubber with buggy wheels.
We’re Pretty Sure This Dumb Dodge Charger Driver is a Former Ford Mustang Driver
Stupid drivers know no bounds, and they certainly don’t favor one muscle car over another. Take this nincompoop, for example. Driving a camouflaged Dodge Charger SRT 392 at a car gathering in Houston, the driver decides to demonstrate his burnout skills in front of a gathered crowd.
That kind of stunt normally ends in one of two ways. He either pulls off the burnout to the delight of the adoring crowd or something goes horribly wrong and he’s left with more than pee down his trousers. Unfortunately, it’s the latter. Just as he attempts his burnout, the driver loses control of the Charger SRT 392 and crashes into a gathered crowd, taking a few bystanders along the way. Fortunately, no one got seriously hurt, and to the delight of Ford, it wasn’t a Mustang that ended up being on the short end of this YouTube lowlight.
Jay Leno Drives the Awesome 1996 Dodge Viper GTS
Introduced back in 1992, the Dodge Viper remained on the market until 2017, with short breaks from 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2013. One of the coolest U.S.-built sports cars, the Viper was discontinued for good in 2017 due to poor sales but mostly because it was unable to comply with new safety regulations. But while the car is dead, the legend lives on and the Viper still enjoys a cult following.
Jay Leno is a big fan of the V-10-powered Dodge and owns not one, but two early Vipers. And he just showcased his 1996 Viper GTS, one of the first coupes built.
Old-School Showdown: 1991 Ford F-150 vs. 1995 Dodge Ram Tug-of-War
Back in the day, trucks were merely workhorses and didn’t come with a lot of comfort features or powerful specs. However, Ford used to offer one particular engine that, to date, is widely considered as one of the best engines ever built. Called the Ford 300, this 300 cubic-inch, or 4.9-liter, inline six-cylinder mill was so good that it stayed in production from the 1960s to 1996. The F-150 with this engine was best-suited for farmers, construction workers, and anyone that required a truck for rugged use. It was almost indestructible back then, but can it survive even today?
To know for sure, the folks at TFLClassics purchased a 1991 Ford F-150 and decided to put it to test. This included a tug-of-war with a 1994 Dodge Ram. Does the F-150 conquer the Dodge, or does it succumb to a newer, better-spec’d model?
Hear a 2019 Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye Roar as It Scorches the Half-Mile
Which Is Quicker? A Chevy C8 Corvette or a Dodge Charger Hellcat?
They say power is nothing without control and what better field to test that out than the performance car arena? As you’re about to see in this C8 Corvette versus Charger Hellcat skirmish, packing a bucketload of horsepower doesn’t stand a chance in front of less power complemented by less weight, better grip, and sharper aerodynamics.
The New Batmobile Is the Lovechild of a DeTomaso Mangusta and a ’69 Dodge Charger
We’ve got to hand it to you, Robert Pattinson aka the new Batman just got handed a sweet-ass ride. The car itself is a huge step from the puny Volvo C30 he used to drive as Edward in Twilight, but that aside, we are intrigued as to what sort of base was used to create it.
Did Dodge Just Tease an Upcoming Durango Hellcat?
It’s the year 2020 and Dodge is still selling the bonkers Durango SRT, which can still pull off 0-60 mph sprints in 4.4 seconds. It’s also America’s most powerful SUV that comes with a three-row arrangement as standard thanks to a naturally-aspirated 6.4-liter HEMI V-8.
So, does the world really need a higher-performance Durango iteration? Not really but hey, shoehorning a Hellcat V-8 inside the Durango can’t go wrong, right? Especially since the transplant would be done in the confines of Dodge’s facilities under the close supervision of the brand’s mechanics and engineers, and not by your street-corner auto shop.
Video: 2020 Mustang Shelby GT500 Races Camaro ZL1 1LE and Hellcat Redeye
The 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 has a massive appetite for both drag and track races. Winning them, too. Not that long ago, Ford’s top dog showed it is no pushover in front of the Ferrari 812 Superfast and Porsche 911 GT3 RS, beating the Hellcat effortlessly in a quarter-mile race. But this time, it has to face the Redeye.
As it turns out, the Shelby GT500 is also well-equipped to do battle against its domestic rivals. In this new episode of Throttle House, the go-fast Mustang had to face the challenge of Chevrolet’s ZL1 1LE and Dodge’s Challenger Hellcat Redeye, under the close supervision of Jason Cammisa and Randy Pobst.
Wacky Races: Dodge Challenger Hellcat Battles Lambo Urus on the Track
Let’s be honest here. Which of the two would you take for a spin during track day? Is it the beefy Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye or the chunkyLamborghini Urus? Tough call, right? We’re thinking none of them, just to be clear, but MotorTrend here did it anyway.
So, here’s the thing. You’ve got a heavy SUV racing against a heavy muscle car that’s been fitted with bits and bobs from the Demon, a car that’s designed and built to go freakishly fast in a straight line. Hell, what can go wrong?