Want to feel like you’re back in the 2000s, watching Jeremy Clarkson making fun of American pickups? Well, just watch this drag race between the 1000 horsepower Hennessey Mammoth version of the Ram TRX and two average sports cars, the Audi TTS and the basic Porsche Cayman, both with about 300 horsepower.
The Ram TRX was one of the most hyped vehicles of the past couple of years. It’s understandable, given that there’s never been a crazy pickup like this before, powered by the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 as the Hellcat muscle cars. Tuners were quick to extract more power from the engine which they were already familiar with, and Hennessey was the most famous of them all.
The Hennessey Mammoth is less of a tuning project and more of a unique vehicle. It’s even more rugged than a standard Ram TRX thanks to numerous mods, including Stage 2 off-road enhancements with custom bumpers, lifted suspension, 37-inch tires and extra lights.
Normally, a TRX produces 702 horsepower, but thanks to a high-flow 2.65L supercharger, fuel injectors, and high-flow induction system it now makes 1,0012 horsepower and 969 pound-feet of torque. Hennessey claims this setup could do 0 to 60 mph in 3.2 seconds and shoot down the quarter-mile in 11.4 seconds at over 120 mph.
That means it shouldn’t have any trouble from a couple of basic German sports cars. But I think they were saying the 1000 hp motor has the potential to do that with the right tires, and not this off-road configuration.
In the last of three drag races, the TRX Mammoth finished first with a quarter-mile time of 12.4 seconds and the two Germans did 12.7 seconds. However, it’s important to note they were less than a truck length behind and the Audi TTS won one race and was even with the Ram in the other. So basically, there is a replacement for displacement, and it’s called lightness.
Audi TTS and Porsche 718 Cayman: prices and power
It’s important to note that the Audi and Porsche have a combined cost that’s less than the Mammoth, and it’s the same story with displacement and power output. Basically, if you want to go fast for cheap, don’t buy a TRX. Duh!
What I found interesting is the engine in the Audi TTS, which is why I even bothered writing this drag race. Mat Watson describes this 2.0-liter turbo as having “320hp and 400Nm of torque,” but many databases don’t even show that.
The Audi TT series will be discontinued at the end of 2023, just like the R8. As a result, this update flew completely under everyone’s radar. In America, the 2022 Audi TTS is rated at just 288 hp, so it’s like the old Golf R. But apparently, this European model has the new Golf R engine, the DNFG version of the 2.0 TFSI with a new control unit.
Meanwhile, the Cayman for 2022 has the same 2.0-liter it did four years ago. The four-cylinder is of a boxer variety and makes 300 hp. If you took away the PDK, this would be the slowest sports car Porsche makes, but it’s almost a match for the 1000 hp TRX despite not having AWD.