Today’s SUVs don’t have to be boring. Bigger vehicles sport larger engine bays, and automakers are eager to fill them with power. Grassroots performance like Lamborghini did with the Urus, with mainstream brands like Dodge and Jeep also jumping into the action. Everyone offers a powerful SUV, but how do they compare? Throttle House’s latest YouTube video answers that question with a series of drag races.
The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk pack the same 6.2-liter supercharged V8, although the horsepower is slightly different. The mill produces 710 horsepower (529 kilowatts) in the Dodge and 707 horsepower (527 kW) in the Jeep. The engine produces 645 pound-feet of torque (874 Newton-meters) of torque in both. The Urus uses the twin-turbo 4.0-liter V8 that develops 650 hp (484 kW) and 627 lb-ft (850 Nm).
Race one has all three using launch control, with the beefy Durango quickly gaining a lead that the other two can’t close. The Urus follows the American duo, with cold temperatures affecting its ability to gain traction at launch. The second race starts without launch control, although the results are the same with the Durango finishing first. The last run starts from a roll, and it’s a reminder that traction matters. The Lamborghini pulls away from both when the hammer falls, securing its only victory. Also surprising in the final race was the Jeep, which took second place from the Durango.
Overall, all three SUVs showed similar performance on the track, with none ranking well above the others. It would be interesting to see the race take place again in warmer temperatures to see if the Urus could improve against the two, although the fact that two American SUVs could bother an Italian supercar manufacturer is fun. However, the rolling drag racing hints that the Lamborghini is a much better match against the hot-rod American SUVs.
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