The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is one of the most highly-anticipated vehicles from Dodge in years. When Dodge//SRT pulled the covers off of its latest Hellcat-powered hot rod, they announced that it would be a limited one-year production run due to the fact that due to manufacturing and fed-related circumstances on the architecture after 2021. Dodge//SRT said they predicted that only around 2,000 of the high-performance SUVs will be built, making it rarer than the 840 horsepower 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.
Now thanks to our dealer sources, which have received information from Dodge//SRT about production getting ready to ramp-up on the new 710 horsepower three-row SUV at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) on Detroit’s eastside. With that being said, the dealer update state that Dodge//SRT has added incremental production due to overwhelming orders.
According to the dealer update, Dodge//SRT is prioritizing sold orders first, some of which started back in November and is running production of the Hellcat model until June.
But why is the Durango SRT Hellcat so special?
What makes the Durango SRT Hellcat so special is its supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V8, which delivers a whopping 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque. But the powerplant isn’t the only thing unique to the Hellcat model. A new front fascia design, a new chin splitter, an updated oil cooler duct, an air guide, and a snorkel for cold air induction are just some of the performance improvements for the limited edition model. A new unique rear spoiler improves aero balance, resulting in 400% (142 lbs. @ 180 mph) improvement of the rear downforce.
Engineers also gave the Durango SRT Hellcat improved handling, with electric power steering (EPS) with selectable steering tuning to better manage increased grip, both improving handling performance and delivering better steering feel and ease of turning efforts at parking lot speeds. Massive Brembo high-performance six-piston, two-piece (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15.7 inches (front) and 13.8 inches (rear) require only 116 feet to come to a full stop from 60 mph.
With EPS and standard SRT Drive modes accessed via the Durango’s new 10.1-inch Uconnect 5 touchscreen or the mid-mounted switch bank, drivers can tailor their driving experience by controlling transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, traction, all-wheel drive (AWD), and suspension settings. The SRT Drive modes offer selectable settings for Street (Auto), Sport, and Track, while the Custom setting allows the driver to select individual preferences.
Of course, there is Launch Control easily accessed from a toggle switch in the cockpit and manages tire slip while launching the vehicle to allow the driver to achieve consistent straight-line acceleration. There is also Launch Assist, which uses wheel speed sensors to mitigate wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip.
The Durango SRT Hellcat also features a best-in-class towing capacity that is matched with the 2021 Durango SRT392 and the all-new 2021 Durango R/T Tow N’ Go Package out hauling every full-size three-row SUV on the planet with a towing capability of 8,700 lbs.
If you really want a rare combination, you might opt for one of the two special option packages for the 2021 model year.
The SRT Black Appearance Package features Midnight Grey Metallic and Gloss Black accents throughout the vehicle’s exterior. The package includes the following…
- Midnight Grey Metallic “SRT Hellcat” Grille Badge
- Midnight Grey Metallic with Gloss Black Tracer “Hellcat” Badge
- Gloss Black Mirror Caps
- Eclipse Black Tint Exhaust Tips
- 20-Inch X 10-Inch Lights-Out Aluminum Wheels
- Satin Black “D O D G E” Taillamp Applique
- Gloss Black “4” Badge with Midnight Grey Metallic Rhombi
- Midnight Grey Metallic “Durango” Liftgate Badge
- Midnight Grey Metallic “SRT Hellcat” Liftgate Badge
The SRT Black Appearance Package has a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $1,495 or a Canadian MSRP of $1,995.
The second package is the Redline Stripe Package. It features a full-length Satin Black center stripe with Redline Red accent tracers on each edge. The Redline Stripe has a U.S. MSRP of $1,295 and a Canadian MSRP of $1,495. The Redline Stripe Package joins the other color stripe packages from Mopar which include Bright Blue, Flame Red, Gunmetal Low Gloss, Low Gloss Black, and Sterling Silver.
When you purchase a Durango SRT Hellcat, you will receive one full-day session at the Bondurant High-Performance Driving School in Chandler, Arizona. There, customers will get behind the wheel of some of Dodge//SRTs fastest street-legal cars with professional instruction and time on the track. The school teaches owners how to get optimum performance from their SRT vehicles in a controlled environment.
We reached out to Dodge//SRT to find out more about the production schedule as well as how many additional models they expect to build during the 6-month production run. But as of the time of this writing, we have not received a response.
So if you are one thinking about ordering one and have been sitting on the fence about going down to your local Dodge//SRT dealer and ordering one. You might want to do so soon.