AWD matters, but is it enough for the Dodge to win?
In an ordinary world, a three-row SUV wouldn’t be considered a competitor to a two-door muscle machine, especially one with a supercharged V8 and the name Shelby affixed to it. We suspect many would say the automotive world hasn’t been normal since Dodge unleashed its Hellcat V8 engine in 2015. That’s why we have a video of a Durango Hellcat racing a GT500, but more importantly, it’s why we say the Shelby gets shocked.
No, that doesn’t automatically mean the Mustang loses this battle. Actually, it’s two battles, held at Hennessey’s facility in Texas. The tuning company is prepping upgraded versions of both vehicles, but before going under the knife, they held a stock-versus-stock comparison. On paper, the Hellcat-infused Durango and the GT500 are actually quite similar. Ford says its supercharged Mustang reaches 60 mph in 3.3 seconds, whereas the supercharged Durango needs 3.5 seconds according to Dodge. At the other end of the quarter-mile it’s a different story, with the Shelby leading the SUV by nearly a full second. On paper, anyway. For the full story and video, check out this article from Motor 1.