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 the aging architecture due to manufacturing and fed-related circumstances after 2021. Dodge//SRT said they predict 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.
Dodge//SRT announced that tomorrow, Friday, November 6th will be the first day you will be able to walk into a Dodge//SRT dealer and order your Durango SRT Hellcat.
“The Durango SRT Hellcat can top 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, cover the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds as certified by the NHRA, has a top speed of 180 mph and can still fit your entire family,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “With three rows of seats, Durango SRT Hellcat is as qualified for a family road trip as it is on a race track, a 710-horsepower muscle car for people with families.”
So 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, air guide, and 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 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 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.
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.
The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT will be built at the 3,000,000 sq. foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, Michigan. Production should begin in January 2021 and run through July.
Starting U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $80,995 (excluding destination). For more information on ordering, you can visit your local Dodge//SRT dealer.