They say you should never judge a book by its cover, and we’d wager that applies doubly to the modern crop of go-fast cars on the market. Case in point – a drag race between a stock C8 Corvette and a stock Dodge Durango Hellcat.
Coming to us from the Hennessey Performance Engineering YouTube channel, these two speed demons are in fact 100-percent factory-spec, unlike the vast majority of tuned-up monsters featured in the tuner’s videos. As explained at the outset of the video, the 2021 Durango is a fresh delivery, slated to become the first recipient of Hennessey’s new HPE1000 performance upgrade for the SUV. However, before throwing the wrenches at it, the tuner decides to run some baseline testing against the new C8 Corvette Stingray Coupe.
That’s right – a big, three-row SUV lining up for a drag race against a mid-engine Chevy sports car. Cake walk, right?
Not so fast. The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat is equipped from the factory with the same supercharged 6.2L V8 as the Challenger Hellcat and Charger Hellcat, which means it’s packing a ridiculous 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, all of which hits the performance AWD system through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
That said, the C8 Corvette is certainly no slouch. Mounted just behind the cabin of Chevy’s new mid-engine sports car is the naturally aspirated 6.2L V8 LT2, which produces 495 horsepower and 470 pound-feet of torque when equipped with the factory performance exhaust system. Output is routed to the rear wheels through an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission.
So, while the Dodge SUV has the power and traction advantage, the C8 Corvette has the weight advantage, tipping the scales at 3,366 pounds compared to the Durango’s pavement-crushing 5,710 pounds. The C8’s dual-clutch transmission also likely shifts a bit quicker than the Dodge’s eight-speed.
Which vehicle will come out on top? Hit play to find out.