You know we’re truly living in the golden age of the automobile when you can watch a drag race between a sedan, a coupe and an SUV and the least powerful car of the bunch has 600 hp. That’s just hilarious, ridiculous and fantastic all at the same time. In this new video from TFLC, they put the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk up against the Dodge Challenger Hellcat in a drag race. The winner of that race had to take on the all-new BMW M5.
While these cars don’t really belong racing each other, it’s very fun to watch because all of them make massive amounts of power. The Jeep Trackhawk and the Dodge Hellcat use the exact same engine, a 6.4 liter supercharged V8 that makes 707 hp and 650 lb-ft of torque. Which s absolutely absurd, by the way. Especially so for the Jeep because it’s a flipping SUV and the fastest one on the market. What’s crazy is that their power figures absolutely dwarf the BMW M5’s 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, figures that seem absolutely mighty when compared against its own competitors. No one knows how to go-big-or-go-home like us ‘Mericans.
First up, though, were the two Yankees. Both have the same engine but the Trackhawk is significantly heavier, giving it a serious weight disadvantage over the Hellcat. However, the former has all-wheel drive while the latter make do with just rear-wheel drive. And if BMW thought the new M5’s 600 hp was too much for just two driven wheels, what will 707 do? Smoke tires, as it turns out. As soon as the race started, the Hellcat immediately attempted to turn its tires into heat and smoke, while the Trackhawk used its all-wheel drive grip to rocket it down the straight. It wonby a landslide.
Following its victory, though, the Trackhawk had to take on the best super sedan Europe has to offer in the BMW M5. While the M5 has about 100 less horsepower, it’s also all-wheel drive and significantly lighter. But since TFLC’s Roman Mica decides not to use launch control, the Trackhawk actually jumps out to a great start. The M5 starts catching up but the runway was too small and it couldn’t catch up in time. A proper launch, where the rear wheels slip a bit before it takes off, would likely see the M5 win, though, as C&D reported a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds, which is quicker than the Jeep.
This race is absolutely absurd and serves no practical purpose. But it’s fun and we enjoyed watching it. We hope that TFLC delivers on its promise to redo this race in the summer.