Last month, the Dodge//SRT brand announced they would extend production of its limited edition 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. When the Dodge//SRT originally pulled the covers off of its latest Hellcat-powered hot rod, the automaker announced that it would only build 2,000 units of the high-performance SUV in a one-year production run due to the fact that manufacturing restrictions and fed-related circumstances on the Durango’s architecture.
This month, we are learning more about the additional units intended for production thanks to our dealer connections. According to Dodge//SRT, they will build an additional 1,000 units that will be built from July to November. That means 200 extra units per month. Those units will help satisfy the customers who did put money down with dealers who weren’t allotted the original allocation.
Dodge//SRT is telling its dealers that additional allocation of the 1,000 units will be based on dealer’s sales of Dodge Durango sales, as well as Dodge Challenger and Charger SRT Hellcat sales.
The 3,000 unit number, still makes the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat rarer than the drag racing oriented 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. That number continues to dwindle as we have seen a few of the high-performance Durango models show up on the popular salvage auction site, Copart.
“Any time you launch a limited-production vehicle and plan to build fewer units than the number of Dodge dealers across the country, you risk leaving a lot of customers very unhappy. As we finalized the production plan for this amazing SUV, we found a way to move some 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V8 engines from other vehicles to ensure every ‘sold order’ in our systems will get built. We didn’t want to disappoint these customers and wanted to find a way to ensure they are part of the Brotherhood of Muscle,” said Bob Broderdorf, Director, Dodge Brand.
The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is powered by a 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.
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.
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