Watch the Dodge Durango Hellcat smoke a Cadillac Escalade-V on the drag strip

Proof that you don’t have to spend more than $100,000 to be lightning fast.

These two SUVs couldn’t be more different in terms of styling and marketing, but they both have the same goal: to drive fast

The automotive landscape has reached a point where fast driving is not limited to sports cars and high-performance sedans. The whole family can now easily go along and see almost any car shrink in their rear-view mirrors with the performance SUV market that includes models such as the Lamborghini Urus, Porsche Cayenne Turbo S and the Mercedes-AMG G65. With just about every luxury carmaker producing an SUV capable of insane speeds, it takes quite a bit to stand out. But one way to do that is to cram about 700 horsepower into an American three-row SUV, just as Dodge and Cadillac have done with the SRT Hellcat and Escalade-V. But which is faster?


America’s fastest ICE SUVs hit the strip

YouTube channel Throttle House is back again comparing two insanely impressive hot SUVs to see which one reigns supreme in the ICE SUV world. In a corner comes the Dodge Durango Hellcat. Recently returned from production, the Hellcat Durango combines launch control, four-wheel drive, a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and the supercharged 6.2-liter V-8 found in the Charger and Challenger Hellcats. The adversary, however, comes as General Motors’ first performance SUV – the Escalade V. Equipped with a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 from the insanely cool CT5-V Blackwing sedan, the Escalade delivers less power than the Durango, but not by a lot. The question remains: which super-SUV is faster?

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The Hellcat Durango was bred to tow anything it races

Durango Hellcat vs Escalade V
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The Durango, which was in line for the first race, gained a huge lead thanks to the launch control function and the twenty extra horses it makes over the Cadillac. The lighter weight (about 500 pounds) also played in favor of the Durango. In the first drag race, the big Caddy beat two to three car lengths, but the matte purple Durango’s launch was just as perfect with the launch control system, and there was no denying that the Durango was athletic as it swept across the track for nearly half a minute. finish sprinted. seconds faster than the Escalade.

The second run against the Escalade V reinforced just how capable the Durango really is

Durango Hellcat vs Escalade V
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These two SUVs couldn’t be more different in terms of styling and marketing, but they both have the same goal: to drive fast

After the standing start, the team made a rolling start to see if that could favor the higher-revving CT5-V Blackwing engine over the Dodge. However, the insane torque curve and 710 horsepower on tap made clear about the Cadillac’s power. The Durango, which easily broke away from the Escalade, being more composed than many other high-performance SUV models previously tested on the Channel, took another win over the much more expensive Cadillac.

To be fair, the Hellcat got a weight addition

Durango Hellcat vs Escalade V
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Loaded with team members, the Durango lined up one last time against the Escalade.

For the final race, the Durango was loaded with five adults to put the weight on whatever the Escalade V enters. Now, at over 300 pounds more than the Cadillac, the Durango Hellcat was ready for another run. Loaded with crew members and even the drone pilot, the two super SUV giants line up again. The winner is soon clear, as the Hellcat still catches the Cadillac at launch before crossing a single car length between the two. With the Dodge taking the triple win, the Escalade conceded defeat.

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The Durango Hellcat beat the Escalade for almost half the price


The Durango Hellcat is the most insane use of the Hellcat engine yet

These two cars cater to a slightly different audience, but both show the degree of engineering that these vehicles have achieved. The Escalade V is still a true Cadillac, equipped with just about every luxury piece imaginable and then some, while the Durango focuses more on performance than anything else. These two are still the fastest-accelerating three-row SUVs outside the Model X Plaid, and therefore deserve serious recognition.

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