The Chrysler Pacifica’s 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 engine produces 287 horsepower and 262 lb-ft of torque, making it more powerful than a variety of more performance oriented cars on sale today – including the rear-wheel drive Toyota GT-86.
Cars.com was recently poring over the acceleration specifications for the Pacifica and the automatic GT-86 and noticed the two hit 60 in about the same time, inspiring them to pit the two against each other in a drag race. The Pacifica is more powerful and has a slight advantage with its quick-shifting nine-spec auto, but the GT-86 is much more suited to spirited driving, so Cars.com editors really weren’t sure how the race was going to pan out.
In a turn of events that was probably fairly disappointing for GT-86 owners, the Pacifica monstered the sports coupe in the quarter-mile. The front-wheel drive Pacifica accelerates better thanks to its better grip and transmission and the power of the Pentastar motor in relation to the 200 horsepower boxer engine in the GT-86 meant it coudl never reel the minivan back in. As Donald Trump would say: “Sad!” At least GT-86 owners can revel in the fact their car was essentially engineered to drift and wasn’t made for drag racing.
Check out the race in the video embedded above.