Word: The next story was excerpted from the August 2021 situation of Collectible Vehicle journal.
It’s honest to say the concept of 700-plus-horsepower Dodges isn’t as surprising because it as soon as was. Beginning with the unique 707-hp 2015 Challenger SRT Hellcat, the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat is the fifth supercharged, Hemi-powered Dodge we’ve thought of on this house.
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
This muscled-up SUV has some important variations in comparison with the sooner Challengers and Chargers we’ve checked out, together with all-wheel drive and three-row seating. Nonetheless, again after we took a spin in that first Hellcat, it by no means occurred to us we’d finally see the blown Hemi in a Durango.
Like different Hellcats, Durango runs the now-familiar 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V-8. Right here it’s rated at 710 hp and 645 pound-feet of torque. The engine mates to a heavy-duty 8HP95 eight-speed computerized transmission. Dodge says the 8700-pound tow ranking is greater than that of every other three-row SUV.
Exterior look intently follows that of the returning Durango SRT 392 with a useful hood scoop, rocker “aero” extensions, and color-matched wheel-lip moldings. Hellcat-only touches embrace a singular wheel design, particular grille configuration with bigger openings, a two-piece entrance splitter, and Hellcat emblems. All Durango SRTs run Pirelli Scorpion Zero 295/45ZR20 all-season efficiency tires. Pirelli P-Zero three-season gumballs in the identical dimension are an additional $595.
Durangos welcome an up to date inside for 2021. Highlights embrace a brand new Challenger-inspired dashboard design, new console, and revised higher panels on the entrance doorways. There’s additionally a brand new 10.1-inch touchscreen that includes Uconnect 5 infotainment. Each SRT fashions get a brand new flat-bottom efficiency steering wheel with flappy paddles—Hellcat options an SRT emblem highlighted with crimson backlighting on the hub. Drivers may even be seeing crimson after they view the gauges. Heated and ventilated entrance seats have embroidered Hellcat logos. Upholstery is in suede and Nappa leather-based. Laguna leather-based in Black and Demonic Crimson is elective, as is upgraded sprint trim with accent stitching.
Base worth with vacation spot is $82,490. Manufacturing began February 4, 2021, and deliveries started within the spring. Complete U.S.-market manufacturing is predicted to be roughly 2000 models.
Our workplace mates at Shopper Information evaluated a Durango Hellcat that stickered for $89,665. Past the anticipated gasp-inducing acceleration, positives included impressively sturdy Brembo brakes and crisp-for-a-5700-pound-SUV dealing with. The comfy inside and muscular appears had been additionally appreciated. Downsides included a uneven experience, an exhaust be aware that was maybe too outstanding, and noticed 10.4-mpg gasoline financial system.
• Dodge says Durango SRT Hellcat will solely be produced for the 2021 mannequin
yr. We don’t know if that is the present Durango’s final hurrah or if Dodge
already has one thing within the works to high it.
• In line with Dodge, Durango Hellcat runs zero-to-60 mph in 3.5 seconds,
covers the quarter mile in 11.5, and has a high velocity of 180 mph. Amazingly,
Durango is a pair tenths faster to 60 mph and solely three tenths slower at
the dragstrip than the 2015 Challenger Hellcat.
• Visuals aren’t dramatically totally different than a ’21 Durango SRT 392 that begins
at $18,000 much less.
We suppose it was solely a matter of time earlier than Dodge launched a Hellcat model of their long-running Durango SUV. In comparison with pricier efficiency SUVS from BMW and Mercedes-Benz, the Dodge boasts extra energy together with a bigger physique that has extra cargo house and three-row seating.
Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat