2021 Dodge Durango SRT, SRT Hellcat: Drag-Strip Test | Videos

Today we are talking about value. As automotive journalists, we’re here to help you make informed decisions to find the perfect car at the right price. And that’s why we’re here with two, three-row SUVs.

And we’re going to see how fast they are over the drag strip. And if the Dodge Durango Hellcat is $17,000 faster than the Durango SRT 392. We know, rock hard stuff folks. (roars from engine) I drove the Durango SRT 392 on the Indianapolis field road course for the first time. And I was less than thrilled. The car does not like to go left and right. It’s really heavy. But at the drag strip, that’s a much more suitable place for this car. And there’s no question why Dodge would want to put in the Hellcat supercharged V8 to get this thing. Okay, Durango SRT 6.4 392. We’re going for 12.9 quarter mile and 4.4 zero to 60. And right away, we’re just going. We’re going to send a launch control to the moon. So we just kind of go up, up, up, up – 3500 RPM. That’s what we’re going for. And we’re just going to rip it first. (roar of the engine) (single beep) (single beep) Correct. Zero to 60 in 4.48, 12.94. Okay. On the money, there. We’re going to give it another try, but I don’t know if there’s much work to be done. (roars from the engine) (single beep) Wow, that shifts so hard. Right. Zero to 60 in 4.39 and 12.9. Okay, so that point 12.90. So don’t use launch control this time. I’m just going to sit two meters in front of it. See how high I can break it before something happens. Launch control cancelled. (roars from the engine) (single beep) Oh, that was at 12.8. Cool. (radio beeps) Yes, we’re good. This will take you back to the pits. So now we’re going to jump into Durango Hellcat. So what we’re trying to do in the Hellcat is 11.5 quarter miles and zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. Have the launch control set to the recommended 2200 RPM. So let’s give it a shot. (roars from the engine) Wow! (single beep) (laughs) (single beep) Good. Zero to 60 in 3.6. It jumped off the line and wobbled around a bit. There’s the little wheel spin, a little wheel jump, which has remained in it. Wow. 11.60 at 117 miles per hour. You know, we can’t really burn out in this. So I think it might take a few passes for the tires to get warm enough. (roar of the engine) (single beep) (single beep) Yeah, a little slower that passage. I felt like there was a bit of wheel spin, a bit of wheel hop. So we’re just going to step it up. (roars from engine) (single beep) Um, that didn’t work. I plowed right through the brakes, right through the brakes. There was no stopping it. Okay. We’re going to slow down again and I’m not going to use launch control, but we’re just going to try to be a little softer. (roar of engine) Here we go. (single beep) Okay. So no launch control, around 16-1700 RPM. You hear that torque reserve kick in and then it just goes. That’s the right place. Oh yes, 1150. Exactly what the car says. It’s zero to 60 in 3.4. Thats crazy. 3.41. (roars from the engine) (one beep) Okay, so that wasn’t launch control. 2000 RPM, a little slower. There was more wheel spin, no wheel hop, but now I think the tires are probably warm enough. So I’ll go back to using Launch Control at 2200 RPM and we’ll see what happens. (roars from the engine) (single beep) Yeah, that was a bit too much. Okay. It likes to be babysitted. (single beep) (radio beeps) Okay, yeah, we’re good at this. So we matched the Hellcats claim of zero to 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds. And that’s a huge difference from what we measured the SRT 392 on, which is zero to 60 in 4.48 seconds in the quarter mile in 12.8 seconds. So yes, it is faster. It’s a lot faster. But in addition there is also the exclusivity of the Durango SRT Hellcat, which is only one model year. They took pre-orders and sold out all pre-orders. So the only inventory there is is their allotted dealer stock. And at this point, I was actually surprised to see that there are more SRT Hellcats in cars.com’s national inventory than SRT 392s. And if you need some skewed logic to pick the Hellcat over the SRT 392. Sounds like a pretty good reason to me.

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