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Even a ridiculous supercharged V8 in a family hauler isn’t enough for the Texas-based tuners at Hennessey Performance.

1000HP Dodge Durango Vs C8 Corvette

Dodge seems deadset on dropping Hellcat Hemis into just about every model in the lineup, including the Durango SUV. What’s next, a Hemi-powered minivan? But even a ridiculous supercharged V8 in a family hauler isn’t enough for the Texas-based tuners at Hennessey Performance, which just posted a new video on YouTube featuring a massively upgraded Durango drag racing against a C8-generation Chevrolet Corvette. And with four-figure power and four-wheel drive, the Dodge Durango could just get an edge on America’s favorite mid-engined supercar.

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Proving The Powerful Potential Of A Dodge Durango Hellcat

Chevrolet just teased the forthcoming Z06 variant of the mid-engined C8 Corvette, which should ratchet performance up a major step after long coronavirus-related delays, but in the meantime, the C8 maxes out at ratings of 495 horsepower and 470 lb-ft of torque from the factory, routed to the rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. A stock Hellcat-spec Durango, meanwhile, rolls off the production line cranking out 710 horses and 640 lb-ft, but it also weighs 5,710 pounds (compared to the ‘Vette’s relatively svelte curb weight of 3,366 pounds).

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Hennessey’s Upgrades To The Hellcat Hemi

1000HP Dodge Durango Vs C8 Corvette 3

via YouTube

Nobody in their right mind would say a Durango needs more than 710 horsepower, but leave it to Hennessey to answer that unasked question with the HPE1000 Supercharged Upgrade kit for the SUV, which bolts a high-flow supercharger system onto the 6.2-liter V8 including front and rear pulles, a heavy duty belt, upgraded spark plugs, and more. Total output from the setup should peak at 1,012 horsepower and 969 lb-ft of torque at the crank. Whether enough driveline losses diminish those ratings at the wheels remains a question that anyone rooting for the C8 here will just have to hope for.

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Seven-Seat SUV Takes On A Supercar

1000HP Dodge Durango Vs C8 Corvette 2

via YouTube

All the power in the world means nothing if a heavy SUV can’t get traction, so as usual, Hennessey headed down to the Pennzoil Proving Grounds with the newly upgraded Durango to test its mettle against the C8 Corvette. The hot and humid weather might put a damper on the supercharger’s potential, so watch the video to see whether the lowslung, angular supercar can hope to keep up with the all-wheel-drive SUV—even when given another advantage by using launch control with the Durango’s turned off.

Sources: youtube.com and hennesseyperformance.com.

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Michael Van Runkle grew up surrounded by Los Angeles car culture, going to small enthusiast meets and enormous industry shows. He learned to drive stick shift in a 1948 Chevy pickup with no first gear and currently dailies his 1998 Mitsubishi Montero while daydreaming about one day finishing up that Porsche 914 project. He’s written in various media since graduating from UC Berkeley in 2010 but mostly rides a bicycle around town when he’s not heading out to Malibu or the Angeles Crest Highway for morning fun in the canyons.

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