Dodge now presents “2021 Durango SRT Hellcat,” a muscle-bound SUV with a total of 710 horsepower under the hood, which means this is the world’s most powerful SUV to roll out from a car manufacturer.
Developed by the high-performance division of the brand, the Durango SRT Hellcat has a 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine that delivers 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet (874 Nm) of torque. The power of the set is so expressive that it leaves Durango easily ahead of established SUVs. The set is also formed by the 8-speed automatic transmission and the all-wheel-drive system.
Factory data indicates acceleration from 0 to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in just 3.5 seconds. The SUV travels the quarter-mile in just 11.5 seconds with a maximum speed of 290 km/h (180 mph). As if that were not enough, Durango SRT Hellcat is also capable of towing up to 3,946 kg.
In terms of design, the SUV has a more aggressive front grille, inspired by the Charger sedan, decorative stripes, hood with exclusive air intake, its own exhaust system, wheels with a unique design, and bumpers with a more dynamic shape. At the back, the interconnected lanterns have “Racetrack” LED lighting, and there is an exclusive spoiler to complete the set.
The Durango SRT Hellcat also gets sportier suspension and 20-inch rims lined with Pirelli Scorpion Zero rubber. There is also a Brembo brake system with 6-piston calipers and 15.8-inch (401 mm) discs at the front, and four 13.8-inch (351 mm) pistons and discs at the rear.
Inside, the cabin was practically completely redesigned in comparison to the previous Durango. The dashboard resembles the one in the Challenger. The center console has an 8.4-inch infotainment screen as standard, while a 10.1-inch touchscreen is available. Both run Uconnect 5, the latest version of FCA’s widely acclaimed infotainment software. The steering wheel is flat at the bottom, and behind it sits gearboxes. The seats are a little sportier with better side support.
Another new thing on the Dodge front is that Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye has been presented. It is an even sharper version of Hellcat, which offers 808 horsepowers and 958 Nm of torque. Dodge describes it with the words “the world’s most powerful and fastest mass-produced sedan” and it does 0 to 96 km/h (0-60 mph) in around 3.5 seconds; top speed reaches 326 km/h (202 mph) and manages the quarter-mile in 10.6 seconds. Redeye comes only in the Widebody version and in the wheelhouses is 20-inch covered with 305/35 tires.
The 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat will go to dealerships at the beginning of next year; order begins in fall 2020. What you have to pay, however, is not clear right now.