While the SUV segment may not be the ideal place to find neck-snapping drag racers, it’s still got some surprising performance on offer. Texas-based tuner Hennessey Performance Engineering knows this well, and has made a name for itself building some of the quickest SUVs around, including models from the General Motors stable. However, everyone’s gotta start from somewhere, as demonstrated in the following video pitting a factory-spec 2021 Chevy Tahoe against a factory-spec 2021 Audi RS Q8.
While Hennessey typically runs highly upgraded vehicles boasting insane power numbers, this race is a little different, instead focusing on the stock performance of both the 2021 Chevy Tahoe and 2021 Audi RS Q8 to set a baseline before the mods begin.
Let’s start with the 2021 Chevy Tahoe. This particular model is the High Country, and comes equipped with the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 L87 producing 420 horsepower and 460 pound-feet of torque, all of which is harnessed through the GM Hydra-Matic 10L80 10-speed automatic transmission. Curb weight tips the scales at around 5,845 pounds.
Then, in the other corner, we have the 2021 Audi RS Q8, which comes equipped with a twin-turbo 4.0L V8 producing 591 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque, all while weighing in at 5,490 pounds.
Break it all down, and the Audi RS Q8 is essentially a detuned Lamborghini Urus, with a massive power and weight advantage over the 2021 Chevy Tahoe. On paper, the Chevrolet doesn’t stand a chance.
Nevertheless, it’s fun to see what happens when the GM-bred, range-topping family-hauler takes on the German performance SUV in a drag race. Sure, it’s not exactly a fair fight, but that could change when Hennessey Performance finally unlocks the ECU in the 2021 Chevy Tahoe. When that happens, we fully expect a gigantic blower to even the odds a bit.