In a fight between a McLaren 600LT and a 1,000 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, who would win?
This is definitely not your typical drag race matchup. On the right, we have the McLaren 600LT, their latest Super Sport Series car based on the wildly successful entry-level McLaren 570S. It has the same engine as the 570S, that being a 3.8-L twin-turbo V8 engine with 592 HP and 457 lb-ft of torque. Zero to sixty is done in 2.9 seconds on its way to a top speed of 204 mph.
It also weighs roughly half as much as the Jeep Trackhawk, which should count for something.
On the left, we have the HPE1000 upgrade of the Trackhawk. It's not quite as extreme as the HPE1200, which stops just short of tossing a jet engine under the hood of a Grand Cherokee, but it's still a very powerful SUV.
The Hellcat's 6.2-L HEMI V8 has been given a larger 4.5-L supercharger to produce 1,012 hp and 969 lb-ft of torque. That much power propels the Trackhawk from zero to sixty in just 2.7 seconds, which is supercar speeds from a vehicle the size of a small building. It’s also technically faster than the 600LT, although obviously with a smaller top speed (estimated at just over 180 mph).
Hennessey decided to showcase the HPE1000’s power by pitting it against their resident 600LT in a series of drag races. In the first race, the 600LT did not use launch control and it was resoundingly crushed by the Trackhawk. The SUV just took off like a rocket and never looked back. It seemed like the 600LT was able to stop losing ground to the Trackhawk, but wasn’t able to catch up before the finish line.
In the second race, things were different. This time the 600LT used launch control and was able to beat the Trackhawk without much difficulty. Finally, the third race went back to the 600LT not using launch control due to either a lack of gas or an engine that was too hot. Either way, it still fared well and was able to keep up with the Trackhawk and even edge ahead just before the quarter-mile elapsed.
Once again, this one seems down to the driver more than anything else. But the HPE1000 Trackhawk can move a piano while the McLaren can’t. Think about that.