Meet the World’s Most Powerful SUV: The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat
The Kings of “Because We Can” Have Done It Again!
As if the Dodge Durango SRT wasn't cool enough, the wicked minds at Dodge have gone and crammed a supercharged 6.2L Hellcat engine in the three-row soccer-mom-mobile for 2021. No, this isn't April Fools in July; for one year only, you really will be able to purchase a Durango with 710 hp, which will make it the most powerful production SUV in the world.
When the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat hits the streets, there will be no other SUV that can tow or haul more with a quicker quarter-mile time. That's right, the Durango SRT Hellcat will be rated to tow a staggering 8,700 pounds and run through the quarter-mile in just 11.5 seconds (NHRA-certified). The Durango SRT Hellcat will also run from a standstill to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 180 mph.
Under the hood is the infamous 6.2L Hellcat V-8 engine. Fitted with a massive 2.38L twin-screw supercharger (which produces a maximum of 11.6 psi of boost), this mill pumps out 710 hp and 645 lb-ft of torque. The engine features a cast-iron block, forged steel crankshaft, forged aluminum pistons, powder-forged connecting rods, piston cooling jets, water jackets between the cylinders, a specially tuned crankshaft damper, and more.
The engine is mated to an eight-speed TorqueFlite 8HP95 automatic transmission and robust all-wheel drive system. Massive Brembo brakes reside at each corner and feature six-piston calipers. Front rotors measure out to 15.75 inches while, the rear rotors are 13.8 inches in diameter. The suspension has been retuned, specific to the Hellcat, and the Durango is equipped with electronic power steering that's customizable through the SRT drive modes.
Speaking of drive modes, the Durango SRT Hellcat will feature Street, Sport, Track, and Custom selectable SRT drive modes. In addition, Snow, Tow, Eco, and Valet modes are also available, bringing the count to seven available drive modes, if you don't count custom. The vehicle will also be fitted with Launch Control and Launch Assist. Launch Control, which is activated via toggle switch, manages tire slip to help drivers achieve consistent straight-line acceleration. Launch Assist on the other hand uses wheel speed sensors to watch for wheel hop and manages torque application accordingly to prevent driveline damage.
Aside from the awesomeness that is the Hellcat, the 2021 Durango has received a handful of thoughtful updates, including uConnect 5 and a new 10.1-inch touch screen. The exterior has been updated with a new front fascia and LED headlamps, along with a sculpted hood and updated grille. The SRT Hellcat receives an aggressive split chin spoiler, which is fully functional.
Inside, the cockpit has been updated with a Challenger-inspired feel. The instrument panel, center console, and front door panels have been updated across the lineup. A flat-bottom performance steering wheel is standard on SRT and Hellcat models.
Orders for the new 2021 Dodge Durango will open this summer, with vehicles arriving at dealerships in the fall. For those, like us, who want the Durango SRT Hellcat, ordering will be available in the fall, with vehicles arriving at dealers in early 2021. Act fast, as Hellcat Durangos are going to sell out quick, and when they're gone, they're gone