Is There Anything Dodge Won’t Put A Hellcat In?

In a world full of uncertainty, it seems to be the trend to err on the side of pragmatism. And yet, in the automotive world, there is still at least one outlier – one hold out that will not relent. One brand that says, “to Hell with your boundaries and threshold for practicality!”

We all know which side the fun is on when the pendulum swings back and forth between caution and recklessness. So, it’s with a tip of the hat we say, “good on you, Dodge.” They could have easily been cautious and shifted focus to econobox sales or their ever-growing RAM truck brand (we’re looking at you TRX).

But no, not Dodge. Dodge doubled down and leaned into the strategy that has proven to be so fruitful for them – going full-tilt send! They decided to make another ridiculously powerful vehicle that no one knew they needed until they saw it. Enter the Durango SRT Hellcat.

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Dodge//SRT Introduces the Most Powerful SUV Ever – 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat delivering 710 horsepower

Granted, the soccer mom shuttle turned 710 horsepower monster will only be around for the 2021 model year. But, that doesn’t mean it’s a limited edition model, it just means there will be a limited number of them made because of the short production run. So, if you’re in the market for a 3rd-row muscle wagon, get your order in asap.

In fact, Dodge just released pricing information along with a bunch of enticing specs for the Durango SRT Hellcat along with the whole 2021 Durango lineup. You can check out the official press release below:

“Dodge announces pricing for the new 2021 Durango lineup, including the 710-horsepower Durango SRT Hellcat – the most powerful SUV ever.

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: The refreshed exterior on the Durango is distinctly Dodge, maintaining its muscular body and aggressive styling, blending SRT and muscle car DNA

The 2021 Dodge Durango lineup starts at U.S. MSRP of $31,765; features new aggressive exterior styling and new interior with driver-centric cockpit

  • Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever with a 0-60 miles per hour time of 3.5 seconds, a quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.5 seconds, and a top speed of 180 mph, offers a U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) starting at $80,995 (all prices exclude destination).
    • Powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V-8 engine paired with the quick-shifting TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission, the three-row muscle car Dodge Durango joins Challenger and Charger in Hellcat form, delivering 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque.
    • Dodge will build the Durango SRT Hellcat exclusively for 2021 model year
  • The 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 Durango R/T AWD equipped with the new Tow N Go Package starts at a U.S. MSRP of $52,900, leverages SRT’s menacing looks, black Brembo six-piston brakes, Track, Sport, Snow, and Tow drive modes and delivers a best-in-class towing of 8,700 lbs., an increased top speed of 145 mph and a new SRT-tuned performance exhaust with an iconic Dodge exhaust rumble.
  • Newly repackaged Durango Citadel starts at a U.S MSRP of $47,805; all-in luxury trim of the Durango lineup delivers many premium features as standard equipment, offering both 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 and 5.7-liter HEMI, both of which include standard towing equipment.
  • 2021 Durango lineup features an updated aggressive exterior with a forward-leaning profile that captures Charger Widebody design cues with the new front fascia, LED low/high headlamps, signature LED daytime running lamps (DRL), grille, rear spoiler and wheel options.
  • New driver-oriented cockpit, including a new instrument panel, wrapped and accent-stitched mid-bolster and center console, upgraded door panels, and the all-new five-times-faster Uconnect 5, with the largest-in-class available 10.1-inch touchscreen define the Durango’s performance-inspired interior.
  • The Durango has best-in-class towing capacity across its lineup:
    • The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8, legendary 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 engine and classic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with the Tow N Go Package outhauls every full-size, three-row SUV on the road, with a towing capability of 8,700 lbs.
    • The award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine has a towing capability of 6,200 lbs.
  • Dealer orders are now open for the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel and SRT 392 models; initial deliveries to Dodge//SRT dealerships are scheduled to begin later this year. Durango SRT Hellcat will open for dealer orders this fall. Deliveries of the Durango SRT Hellcat are scheduled to begin early next year.

“Durango is our Dodge three-row muscle car,” said Tim Kuniskis, Global Head of Alfa Romeo and Head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “Nowhere but Dodge can you find an SUV that can tow more or carry more with a faster quarter-time than the Durango SRT Hellcat.”

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, the Durango SRT Hellcat delivers a best-in-class 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque, mated to a standard TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission

The 2021 Dodge Durango model lineup delivers more performance than ever with six distinct models – SXT, GT, Citadel, R/T, SRT 392, and SRT Hellcat. Ranging from efficient V-6 power to the unrivaled performance of the 710-horsepower Durango SRT Hellcat, there is an option for every modern muscle-car performance enthusiast with a family.

The Durango has best-in-class towing capacity across its lineup. The supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8, legendary 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8 engine, and classic 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with the Tow N Go Package outhaul every full-size, three-row SUV on the road, with a towing capability of 8,700 lbs. The award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine has a towing capability of 6,200 lbs.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Dodge//SRT Introduces the Most Powerful SUV Ever – 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat delivering 710 horsepower.

The Challenger and Charger’s muscular exteriors are reflected in the new Durango’s new, aggressive exterior, which features a new front fascia, LED projector headlamps, LED daytime running lamp, signatures, grille, rear spoiler, and wheels.

On the inside, an all-new, performance-inspired, driver-oriented cockpit, including a new instrument panel, five-times-faster Uconnect 5 with the largest-in-class 10.1-inch touchscreen, center console and front door uppers, drives Durango’s interior for the 2021 model year. With all of the updates, the interior feels much wider, high-tech, and more refined than the outgoing model.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: The new interior feels wider and features a redesigned driver-centric cockpit, instrument panel, center console and front door uppers.

2021 MODEL

U.S. MSRP

Durango SXT RWD

$31,765

Durango SXT AWD

$34,365

Durango GT RWD

$35,965

Durango GT AWD

$38,565

Durango R/T RWD

$45,305

Durango R/T AWD

$47,905

Durango R/T AWD Tow N Go

$52,900

Durango Citadel RWD

$47,805

Durango Citadel AWD

$50,405

Durango SRT 392 AWD

$62,995

Durango SRT Hellcat AWD

$80,995

All prices exclude $1,495 destination charge.

Dealer orders are now open for the 2021 Dodge Durango SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel, and SRT 392 models; initial deliveries to Dodge//SRT dealerships are scheduled to begin later this year. Durango SRT Hellcat will open for dealer orders this fall. Deliveries of the Durango SRT Hellcat are scheduled to begin early next year.

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: The Durango continues its ability to out-haul every full-size, three-row SUV on the road with the SRT Hellcat, SRT 392 and R/T Tow N Go delivering best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds

Durango SRT Hellcat

The Durango SRT Hellcat, the most powerful SUV ever, is powered by the proven supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine, delivering 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque, and offers a starting U.S. MSRP of $80,995. The Durango SRT Hellcat is scheduled to be built exclusively for the 2021 model year.

Designed and engineered to push the boundaries of what an SUV can be, the Durango SRT Hellcat runs 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, has a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-certified quarter-mile elapsed time of 11.5 seconds, a top speed of 180 mph and runs 1.5 seconds faster than the SRT 392 on a 2.1-mile road course, equal to 9 car lengths after one lap.

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: 20-inch-by-10-inch Lights Out wheel available with the SRT Black Package

The performance improvements begin with the new front fascia design, a new chin splitter, an updated engine oil cooler duct, an air guide, and snorkel for cold air induction. A new, unique rear spoiler creates an 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).

SRT engineers upgraded the Durango SRT Hellcat to improve handling, including several race-inspired technologies and Brembo brakes, resulting in performance numbers never before seen on a Durango.

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: The heart of the most powerful SUV ever is the renown, supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® V-8, rated at 710 horsepower at 6,100 rpm and 645 lb.-ft. of torque

The Durango SRT Hellcat comes standard with electric power steering 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 Durango’s new 10.1-inch touchscreen, drivers can tailor their driving experience by controlling transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, traction, all-wheel drive, and suspension settings
  • SRT Drive modes offer selectable settings for Street (Auto), Sport and Track, while the Custom setting allows the driver to select individual preferences

Race-inspired technologies that come standard for both 2021 Durango SRT models also bolster performance:

  • Launch Control – easily accessed from a toggle switch in the cockpit, manages tire slip while launching the vehicle to allow the driver to achieve consistent straight-line acceleration
  • Launch Assist – uses wheel speed sensors to watch for driveline-damaging wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: The Durango continues its ability to out-haul every full-size, three-row SUV on the road with the SRT Hellcat, SRT 392 and R/T Tow N Go delivering best-in-class towing capability of 8,700 pounds

The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat delivers excellent braking performance, requiring 116 feet to come to a full stop from 60 mph. The credit belongs to the standard massive Brembo high-performance six-piston, two-piece (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15.75 inches (front) and 13.8 inches (rear).

Durango-specific tuning, weight distribution, wheelbase, and reduced understeer equals more grip and improved cornering. SRT engineers took the most powerful SUV ever to the track to see what it can do.

The result: The 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat runs 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds, covers the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds, and has a top speed of 180 mph. It also delivers a road course lap time 1.5 seconds faster than the 2020 Durango SRT 392 on a 2.1-mile road course, equal to 9 car lengths after one lap.

James Lipman, for Dodge

Dodge is the official sponsor of the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, Arizona, where guests get behind the wheels of the fastest street-legal cars in the world with professional instruction and time on the track. Customers who buy a new SRT model, including the new Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, receive one full-day session as part of the Dodge//SRT Package and have the opportunity to learn how to get the optimum performance from their new vehicles in a controlled environment. For more information, visit dodgegarage.com/track-experience.”

So, to answer the question, “is there anything Dodge won’t put a Hellcat in?” All we can say is…We certainly hope not.

The entire Dodge Durango lineup for 2021 features new aggressive exterior styling, a new interior with a Challenger-inspired, driver-centric cockpit and the available 10.1-inch touchscreen with five-times faster Uconnect 5

To find out more about the new Durango lineup or any of Dodge’s other amazing rides, check out Dodge.com. 

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