Cadillac Escalade-V Drag Races Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Video13
The Cadillac Escalade-V rewrites the rulebook on what an Escalade should be, transforming the iconic luxury nameplate with a heady dose of supercharged horsepower. Now, we’re watching as the Cadillac Escalade-V lines up for drag race against another high-performance utility vehicle, namely the Dodge Durango Hellcat.
Coming to us from the folks at Throttle House, the video includes several rounds of racing from a roll and from a dig as the two heavyweights battle it out for straight-line supremacy.
In terms of specs, the Dodge Durango Hellcat has the clear advantage in this test, boasting both more power and less weight. While both SUVs cradle a supercharged 6.2L V8 engine, the Dodge is rated at 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, while the Caddy’s LT4 is rated at 682 horsepower and 653 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Dodge weighs in at 5,710 pounds, while the Escalade is 6,217 pounds.
Indeed, a deficit of nearly 30 horsepower and more than 500 pounds will definitely have an impact on this race, which is evident as soon as the two SUVs leave the line. No surprise then that the Cadillac Escalade-V takes second-place in both a dig race and roll race against the Dodge Durango Hellcat.
To help even the odds a little bit, the Throttle House crew decide to load up the Dodge with passengers, putting five adults in the three row-SUV. We won’t spoil the final outcome, but will say that even with a fully loaded cabin, the Dodge Durango Hellcat is mighty quick indeed.
Regardless of the race outcome, the Cadillac Escalade-V is definitely the one you want to drive home at the end of the day. Despite the extra firepower under the hood, the Escalade-V complements the V-Series go-fast goodies with all the usual Caddy luxury one would expect, including a wide 38-inch infotainment display on the dash, semi-aniline leather seating for all three rows, and the available GM Super Cruise semi-autonomous driver assist system.
Under the skin, the Cadillac Escalade-V rides on the GM T1 platform, while production takes place at the GM Arlington plant in Texas.
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Racing huge box SUV’s down a track. Good lord.
No level of wild paint will hide how old and crappy the Durango is.
ya, it’s the same color as sour grapes!!!!
well as dodge already knew, a superior V8 hides Old body designs for a long while.
The drag races are useless. It’s common sense if one vehicle has more horsepower and is much lighter chances are it’s going to win. Let’s make it fair.
Cadillac for the win! And GM is the best for making exotic paint colors, not ford or dodge, and Chevy is the best!
GM is the best, and will always be the best, not dodge, or ford, SOOOOOOOO
And GM is Republican, sooooooo
Like both, but still prefer the Esky. Full size SUV is much more appealing than the “mid size” Durango.
TNTSilverado: That may just be one of the stupidest comments I’ve ever read on here.
i think it takes the cake for *the* dumbest comment
@ Dan B
HOW is that the dumbest comment?
Isn’t Mary in charge?
Didn’t GM have an LT5 motor that makes 755 HP/TQ?
Isn’t the Durango priced at around $100K and the Escalade is $50K more?? AND the Durango smoked it?
Isn’t GM run by a liberal head case that thinks EV’s are the near future. We have a LONG WAY (years) to go before EV’s are for everyone!!!
What is the rear axle gear ratio difference?