The wait is over! Dodge//SRT has been listening to its customer base and their questioning of why does the three-row SUV have to take a back-row seat to its corporate cousin, the Jeep® Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Now, its time to up the ante. As Dodge pushes its muscle car agenda harder for 2021, the new model year brings in the fastest three-row SUV on the planet, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.
Powered by the awesome supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI HELLCAT V8, the Durango SRT Hellcat delivers a massive 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft of torque. Yup, it’s rated with 3 more horsepower than the Trackhawk. The Durango SRT Hellcat will hit 0-60 mph in only 3.5-seconds (0.9-seconds quicker than the 6.4-liter HEMI-powered Durango SRT) and matches the Trackhawk’s top speed of 180 mph. Of course, all it also shares the 8HP95 8-speed automatic transmission with the Trackhawk and the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon. The Durango SRT Hellcat has a best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds.
When compared to the standard SRT model, the Durango SRT Hellcat on a 2.1-mile road course completed a lap 1.5-seconds faster than the 6.4-liter SRT model. This is achieved by adding more braking power and more suspension to help handle the bigger Durango around the track. Massive six-piston Brembo calipers in front and four-piston calipers and giant vented rotors at all four corners (15.75-inches in front and 13.8-inches in the rear) in the rear help bring the big boy Durango to a stop from 60-0 mph in 116 feet. Tires are the same size as the standard SRT model (measured at 295, but you do have a choice of all-season or three-season Pirelli tires.
Durango’s aggressive new front end styling isn’t just to keep the Durango looking fresh, but it is made to be fully-functional on and off the track. Durango now has a new chin splitter, an updated engine oil cooler duct, an air guide, and snorkel for cold air induction to help keep the big Hellcat cool. The Durango SRT Hellcat uses a unique cooling circuit for the charge air coolers that are designed to keep air going to the engine cooler, colder than 140-degrees. A new rear-spoiler adds improved aerodynamic balance with the new front-end design, resulting in a massive increase in rear downforce of more than 400 percent (140 lbs. @ 180 mph).
The Durango SRT Hellcat comes standard 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. With EPS and standard SRT drive modes accessed via the new 10.1-inch touchscreen, drivers can tailor their driving experience by controlling transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, traction, all-wheel drive (AWD), and suspension settings The new SRT Drive modes offer selectable settings for Street (Auto), Sport, and Track, while the Custom setting allows the driver to select individual preferences.
The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat’s exhaust system has been tuned to deliver the throaty, aggressive sound that lets bystanders know this three-row muscle car is something special and distinctly Dodge. The changes include the addition of a 260-millimeter crossover X-pipe, the largest X-pipe in the SRT lineup, to the twin-pipe exhaust.
Along with its ultimate performance capabilities, the new interior on the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat continues to deliver uncompromised utility, advanced technology, and aggressive styling. The new interior feels wider than the outgoing model and features a redesigned driver-centric cockpit, instrument panel, center console and front door uppers with new relocated seat memory switches for 2021.
The new Challenger-inspired driver-oriented cockpit is refined, upscale, and high-tech throughout, featuring an available, largest-in-class 10.1-inch touchscreen angled 7 degrees toward the driver. The new 10.1-inch touchscreen is equipped with the Uconnect 5 system and is a part of the new, driver-oriented instrument panel. A slimmer redesigned integrated center stack (ICS) switch bank mounted below the screen is equipped with chrome-accented toggles and dedicated buttons for heated and cooled seats, making comfort controls easier to access.
A new flat-bottom performance steering wheel, with standard paddle shifters from the Charger and Challenger models, is standard on Hellcat models. The steering wheel on SRT models features a backlit SRT logo with a red backlight on SRT Hellcat models, just like the Charger and Challenger. Unique to the SRT Hellcat is red-accented gauges and standard heated and ventilated Nappa leather with suede front seats with an embroidered Hellcat logo or you can opt for the available Laguna leather interior in black/Demonic Red and includes an embossed Hellcat logo.
There will be 11 exterior colors available for the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. Those colors are Billet Silver, DB Black, Destroyer Grey, F8 Green, Granite Crystal, In-Violet, Octane Red, Reactor Blue, Redline, Vice White, and White Knuckle. Dual-center exterior stripes, available on SRT Hellcat, are also available covering the front and rear fascias, hood, portions of the roof, spoiler, and tailgate. Stripes are offered in five colors: black with Redline accent tracer, Bright Blue, Flame Red, Gunmetal Low Gloss (metallic finish), and Sterling Silver (metallic finish).
Durango SRT Hellcat orders will open this fall and are scheduled to start arriving in dealerships early in 2021. There is also a catch, like the 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, it will only be available for one model year. That’s right, one year.
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