2021 Dodge Durango: No wonder it’s called a Hellcat

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By James Raia
Production has started on the beast of all sport utility vehicles, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.

The most powerful SUV ever made, the limited edition (2,000 units) features its share of high-performance. The Hellcat delivers 710 horsepower and 645 lb.-ft. of torque from a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8 engine. It’s paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever made.
The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever made.

With its optional Tow N Go Package, the full-size, three-row SUV has a towing capability of 8,700 pounds. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine has a towing capability of 6,200 pounds.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat: Defines fast

Perhaps the Hellcat’s most impressive statistics, it accelerates from 0 to 60 miles per hour in 3.2 seconds, completes a quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds and has a top speed of 180 miles per hour.

With its massive size heft (5,710 pounds), the Hellcat is a gas-guzzler, with miles per gallon averages of 12 in city driving and 17 on the freeway.

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 at Bondurant High Performance Driving School in Chandler, Arizona.

It’s the opportunity to learn how to get the optimum performance from their new vehicles in a controlled environment.

Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat models are scheduled to begin arriving at dealerships in spring 2021. The most powerful SUV ever is only available for the 2021 model year. It comes with a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $80,995, excluding $1,495 destination.

“Like welcoming a new member to the family, the launch of the Durango SRT Hellcat celebrates the newest addition to the Brotherhood of Muscle,” said Tim Kuniskis, Dodge Brand and Interim Chrysler Brand Chief Executive Officer. “The Dodge Durango Hellcat joins Charger and Challenger at the pinnacle of performance, and the start of production in Detroit deserves a spot on every enthusiast’s calendar.”

The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will be built at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

For more information, visit: dodge.com.

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James Raia, a syndicated columnist in Sacramento, California, publishes a free weekly automotive podcast and electronic newsletter. Sign-ups are available on his website, www.theweeklydriver.com. He can be reached via email: james@jamesraia.com.

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Wayne Caldwell
3 months ago

Like the Challenger and Charger Hellcats, I will stay out of the Durango Hellcat. I know that at 70 years old, I am not mature enough to drive anything like that sensibly. That is why I also do not drive the Mustang, Camaro, Corvette, etc, etc. The power from my ’15 Ram 2500 Cummins is enough for me.