In the midst of the electric car boom, the Americans continue to provide us with living blocks such as the V8 of the Corvette C8 and RAM TRX. Which one is the fastest? The big hardcore pickup, or the sporty rear mid-engine? Video response.
When we see this kind of mechanism … it’s hard to believe that we are in the midst of an ecological transition! This is however the case, but not in Texas at Hennessey Performance. They swear by the huge American V8s that make a colossal noise. Precisely, the engineers of the company wanted to oppose two motor vehicles by typically “Rican” blocks. A powerful pick-up and a sporty rear mid-engine. The only thing in common is that they are two icons of the transatlantic automotive market. The first is the TRX RAM with 712 horsepower and 882 Nm of torque, the second is the Corvette C8.
Hennessey decided to find out which of these two vehicles was faster, so they organized a small drag race. The Texas-based preparer recently took delivery of a new TRX. It still has a temporary label on the rear window, and another attached to the passenger seat. Power comes from Hennessey’s 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V8 that powers a few other overpowered models in the lineup. This allows him to swallow the 0 to 100 km / h in just 4.6 seconds … Not bad for such a size.
Can he really stand up to the Corvette?
The TRX has a lot more power than the Corvette. The latest generation of the Corvette draws its power from Original General Motors 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8 that produces up to 495 horsepower and 637 Nm of torque under the hood of the “Vette”. However, this lack of power is not the Corvette’s weak point. The first race shows that the TRX can use its four-wheel drive to achieve a better start from the line, but once 100 mph (160 km / h) is reached, the American Coupe takes the lead again.
It’s the same result for the second race which sees the TRX off to a remarkable start before the Corvette closes the gap and ends up taking the lead. The video does not prove anything serious, except that with the mad race for power in which manufacturers are engaged in these days, it should no longer be surprised to see SUVs compete with real sports cars.