As the electrification age is on the horizon, the end of the supercharged V8 appears to be here. For 2023, Dodge has brought back in monster Durango SRT HELLCAT, a 710-horsepower E-segment SUV that is blazingly quick and holds the title of the most powerful internal combustion SUV on the planet. Across town, General Motors (GM) has taken its ultra-luxurious F-segment Cadillac Escalade and given it the “V” treatment for the first time.
Recently, Canadian YouTube channel Throttle House got their hands on both SUVs for a 1/4-mile battle between the American supercharged V8 SUVs.
The Durango SRT HELLCAT’s supercharged HEMI produces 710 horsepower (522 kW) and 645 lb.-ft. (875 Nm) of torque, while the heavier Escalade-V has a supercharged 6.2-liter V8 as well, but to the power of 682 horsepower (508 kW) and 653 lb.-ft. (885 Nm) of torque. About 507 lbs. separate the pair.
In a heads-up race, the Escalade-V is no match for the much lighter and more powerful Durango SRT HELLCAT. But in a rolling race, the race between the two was closer, but still in Durango’s favor.
So the Throttle House team had a little bit of fun with the situation. Instead of giving the Escalade-V a few car lengths advantage, they instead gave the Durango the handicap of carrying an additional 5 full-grown adult passengers during the race.
So how did it end? You will have to watch the video above to see the outcome.