- The Ford F-150 Raptor R and the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat go head-to-head in Cletus McFarland’s video, showing off their powerful V8 engines.
- The Raptor R proved its mettle in the tug-of-war, but the Hellcat avenged its defeat at the drag strip with a lighter weight advantage.
- While the Hellcat is the better daily driver for its power and passenger space, the Raptor R excels with off-road performance and truck-like practicality. Both promise thrills and comfort.
America and V8s are a love story that may be lost in the pages of history given the industry’s turn to electrification. A craze that not only gave American cars unstoppable power but also spawned a fierce rivalry, beefed-up V8 muscle cars may have been in production for the last few years.
A recent video from Cletus McFarland on YouTube pitted two American cars against each other in an unusual V8 match to determine the ultimate daily driver. It was well loved pickup, Ford F-150 Raptor R, against a massive family SUV with the advantages of competing muscle cars Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. Both extremely powerful rivals, the tug of war and drag race between the two heavyweights gave us an interesting matchup.
The Durango Hellcat and Raptor R have powerful V8s
Cletus’ friend George showed up with an unusual contender for Cletus’ Ford F-150 Raptor R: a black and beautiful Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. From the very beginning, you could tell how amazed everyone was as they admired this huge beast.
On one side is the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat with a supercharged 6.2L HEMI V8 Hellcat roaring under the hood. Although it’s technically a family SUV, it puts out a whopping 710 hp. — power that can put some sports cars to shame. It’s a true heavyweight contender, with a curb weight of around 5,575 pounds.
On the other hand, we have the Ford F-150 Raptor R built for off-roading. It has a 5.2-liter supercharged V8 borrowed from the Shelby GT500 under its hood and puts out a mighty 700 hp. Its curb weight of 5,960 pounds can be a boon and a curse, as we shall see.
The Raptor R edged out the Durango Hellcat in a tug-of-war
The Raptor R’s slight weight advantage proved to be a boon at first in the early stages of this automotive battle. Cletus and George decided to test these two heavyweights with a tug-of-war, making two attempts. Both the Raptor R managed to pull the Durango Hellcat.
The Ford F-150 Raptor R can tow up to 8,200 pounds while the regular Raptor’s maximum towing capacity is 8,200 pounds. However, the maximum payload for both is 1,400 pounds.
Compared, The Dodge Durango Hellcat can tow up to 8,700 pounds when it’s equipped with the 6.2-liter HEMI V8. So, it’s clear that curb weight proved to be the deciding factor in this Hellcat vs. Raptor R showdown.
As they headed to the drag strip, Cletus couldn’t resist some friendly chatter: “You can win at the drag strip, but you’ll never be able to drift like that,” he commented while doing a donut around the Durango Hellcat.
Durango avenged the loss at the Drag Strip
Both cars looked menacing on the autodrome. As soon as they started, the Hellcat jumped out in front and tore into the Ford pickup. The Durango completed the quarter mile in 11.70 seconds at 116 mph. The Raptor R was close behind with a time of 12.34 seconds at 111 mph.
As expected, the Durango Hellcat smoked the Raptor R. The advantage included not only a few extra horsepower, but also lighter weight. The Raptor R’s curb weight helped it beat the Hellcat in tug-of-war, but the drag strip proved to be a drawback. As for torque, both the Raptor R and Durango Hellcat have 645 lb-ft of torque.
While the Durango’s engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the Raptor R’s V8 power is harnessed through a ten-speed automatic transmission. Dodge has a reputation for building truly powerful vehicles, and the Durango Hellcat is clearly a speed demon in the guise of a massive family SUV.
The Dodge SRT Durango Hellcat boasts a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and a quarter-mile time of 12.0 seconds at 115 mph. The retuned Shelby Raptor R engine can propel this massive truck from 0-60 mph in just 3.7 seconds, making it the fastest Ford heavy-duty truck ever produced.
The similarities between the Durango Hellcat and the Raptor R go beyond the engine
Comparison of specifications
2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
2023 Ford F-150 Raptor R
Type of vehicle
Front-engine, AWD, 4-door station wagon
Front engine, rear/four-wheel drive, 4-door pickup
16-valve supercharged and intercooled V8
32-valve DOHC supercharged and intercooled V8
710 hp / 640 lb-ft
700 hp / 640 lb-ft
Method of transmission
Powertrain similarities aside, the Durango Hellcat and Raptor R are massive for different reasons. One is a family truck, the other is a mid-size truck.
The Hellcat’s huge hood, powerful body and 20-inch wheels make the Hellcat look like a Dodge muscle car on steroids. Inside, a roomy, comfortable six-seater car. The F-150 Raptor R, on the other hand, looks like a tough no-nonsense truck, with wide front tow hooks, massive 37-inch off-road tires, and long-travel Fox Live Valve shocks that make sure the Raptor R feels at home on and off the road. .
Another similarity between the two cars is their mileage. Whereas the 2023 Durango SRT (with the 6.2-liter V8) has fuel economy of 13 mpg combinedThe 2023 Raptor R 4WD offers 12 MPG combined.
In terms of price, the spirited Ford F-150 Raptor R is priced at a hefty $109,000 according to the manufacturer’s online configurator. The The 2024 Durango Hellcat gets the upper hand here, with a starting price of $94,605, the Hellcat Premium starts at $106,000. That, along with everything else you get in the Durango Hellcat, makes it a potentially sweeter deal, unless you like an off-road-ready pickup truck.
The Durango Hellcat is a better daily driver than the Raptor R
The evolution of American motoring can be seen through these two cars, which belong to different segments but look like long-lost relatives. The excitement in Cletus Durango’s voice can be felt throughout the video. This unusual matchup can make the best of us wonder who is better.
While the Hellcat offers a supercharged V8 engine in unexpected SUV form, the Raptor R builds on the off-road prowess of the beloved Ford F-150 Raptor with even more power under the hood. Although their segment separates them, the roaring V8s under their hoods with almost identical configurations unite them together.
In Cletus McFarland’s video, the Durango Hellcat smoked the Raptor R at the drag strip, taking the crown of best daily driver. But this question remains subjective and depends on what you are looking for as a consumer. The Durango Hellcat offers you power and passenger space, while the off-road prowess and practicality of the Raptor R truck make it one of a kind. However, what both of these American rivals promise is thrills and comfort.