By Cars.com EditorsAugust 3, 2021
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We took the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT and SRT Hellcat to the drag strip to see how quickly each can go from 0-60 mph and through the quarter-mile, and to shed some light on whether the SRT Hellcat and its supercharged V-8 is appropriately quicker.
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And we're gonna see how fast they are down the drag strip. And if the Dodge Durango Hellcat is $17,000 faster than the Durango SRT 392. We know, hard hitting stuff folks. (engine roaring) I first drove the Durango SRT 392 at the Indianapolis in field road course. And I was less than thrilled. The car doesn't really like going left and right. It's really heavy. But at the drag strip, it is a much more appropriate place for this car. And there's no questioning why Dodge would wanna put the Hellcat supercharged V8 in it to get this thing. All right, Durango SRT 6.4 392. We're going for 12.9 quarter-mile and 4.4 zero to 60. And right off the bat, we're just going to go. We're going to send a launch control to the moon. So we're going to just kind of up, up, up, up up- 3,500 RPM. That's what we're going to go for. And we're just going to rip it first pass. (engine roaring) (single beep) (single beep) Right. Zero to 60 in 4.48, 12.94. All right. On the money, right there. We'll give it a go again, but I don't know if there's a whole lot there to work down. (engine roaring) (single beep) Wow, that shifts just so hard. Right. Zero to 60 in 4.39 and 12.9. All right, so that point 12.90. So this time not going to use launch control. I'm just gonna two-foot it. See how high I can foot break it before something happens. Launch control canceled. (engine roaring) (single beep) Oh, that was at 12.8. Cool. (radio beeps) Yeah, we're good. Going back to the pits with this. So now we're going to jump into Durango Hellcat. So what we're trying to do in the Hellcat is 11.5 quarter-mile and zero to 60 in 3.5 seconds. Got the launch control set to the recommended 2200 RPM. So let's give it a shot. (engine roaring) Whoa! (single beep) (laughing) (single beep) Right. Zero to 60 in 3.6. It jumped off the line and wiggled around a little bit. There is the little wheel spin, a little wheel hop, stayed in it though. Wow. 11.60 at 117 miles an hour. You know, we can't really do a burnout in this. So I think it might take a pass or two to get the tires hot enough. (engine roaring) (single beep) (single beep) Yeah, a little slower that pass. I felt like there was a little wheel spin, a little wheel hop. So we're just gonna turn it up. (engine roaring) (single beep) Um, that didn't work. I plowed right through the brakes, right through the brakes. There was no holding it back. Okay. We're going to settle back down a little bit and I'm going to not use launch control, but we're going to just try and be a little gentler. (engine roaring) There we go. (single beep) All right. So no launch control, around 16-1700 RPM. You hear that torque reserve kick in and then it just goes. That's the sweet spot. Oh yeah, 1150. Exactly what the car says. It's zero to 60 in 3.4. That is crazy. 3.41. (engine roaring) (single beep) All right, so that was no launch control. 2000 RPM, a little bit slower. There was more wheel spin, no wheel hop, but now I think the tires are probably warm enough. So I'm going to go back to using launch control at like 2200 RPM and we'll see what happens. (engine roaring) (single beep) Yeah, that was a bit too much. All right. It likes to be babied. (single beep) (radio beeps) All right, yeah, we're good on this. So we matched the Hellcats claim of zero to 60 miles an hour at 3.5 seconds and the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds. And that is a massive difference over what we measured the SRT 392 at, which was zero to 60 in 4.48, seconds in the quarter-mile in 12.8 seconds. So yes, it's faster. It's a lot faster. But in addition to that, there's also the exclusivity of the Durango SRT Hellcat, which is only one model year. They took pre-orders and sold out of all the pre-orders. So the only inventory out there is their allocated dealer inventory. And right now, I was actually surprised to see, there are more SRT Hellcats out there in cars.com national inventory than SRT 392's. And if you need some skewed logic to choose the Hellcat over the SRT 392. Sounds like a pretty good reason to me.
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