Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.
Europe will never understand America’s obsession with straight line performance. We take it pretty seriously here, especially in “flyover country” where roads are straight and the only way to make them more entertaining is to see how much faster that blower makes your Dodge Challenger between the stop signs. Thing is, automakers didn’t want tuners to have all the fun. Outfits like Ford’s SVT and FCA’s SRT have made the obscene possible on showroom floors across the nation.
Crazy creations like the Ford F-150 Raptor, Dodge Durango SRT, and Dodge Challenger Hellcat are forcing tuners to turn up the heat by making the unreal possible one turbocharger and supercharger at a time. But the question remains: which is fastest in a straight line?
That’s easy to answer, but the point is that nobody would pose the question in the first place if it wasn’t for those rogue engineers and supportive marketing departments. It’s the combination of those that leads these three vehicles to the drag strip, a 450 horsepower turbocharged Ford pickup truck, a 475 horsepower naturally-aspirated Dodge SUV, and the famous 707 horsepower Challenger Hellcat. While the Hellcat has the obvious horsepower and weight advantage, it’s notorious for confusing a launchpad for an open invitation to forgo the concept of grip and roast its rear tires as if it was at a cookout. On the other hand, the Ford and the Durango can utilize all four tires to claw the pavement apart, but which does it better? Only one way to find out…