The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is one of the most highly-anticipated vehicles in the past decade from the Dodge//SRT brand. 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.
It didn’t take long after opening orders in November, that Dodge//SRT sold out of the initial 2,000 unit run for the vehicle. Dodge//SRT quickly announced that it had allowed a small number of dealer-allocated units to be available for those high-selling SRT dealers to be able to order for their own inventories.
After starting production in January, it wasn’t until last month that orders began to be delivered to dealers. Soon after several issues arose from various customers across the country. Some dealers who had sold the Durango SRT Hellcat models to pre-order customers simply did not get any allocations of the vehicles for production. Those dealers who had been issued an additional allocation for their own inventories started placing huge mark-ups on the vehicles, which caused a lot of backlash from those who were promised allocation and couldn’t get one.
Now it seems that Dodge//SRT is trying to put out fires with those who had pre-orders that weren’t be filled. According to DodgeGarage, Dodge//SRT will be ramping up production units to fulfill those who had a ‘sold’ order and didn’t get an allocation.
If a dealer still had a “sold” order in the system, Dodge will ramp up more production units of the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat to fill those requests beginning with the batch of Durango SRT Hellcat production units in June. It is still unclear how many additional units will be produced.
“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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