Well, this was bound to happen: Dodge figured out a way to shoehorn the 6.2-liter supercharged Hellcat V-8 into the Durango to create a 710-hp, 645-lb-ft three-row SUV. If you needed your three-row family hauler to rip off 11.5-second quarter-mile times, congratulations, you just found your new ride.
Dodge calls the Durango SRT Hellcat "the most powerful SUV ever," and with an advantage of three horses over the Hellcat-powered Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, it just qualifies. All that horsepower gets you a 3.5-second 0-60 time and a top speed of 180 mph.
And since the "U" in SUV stands for Utility, Dodge made sure the Hellcat-powered Durango could tow up to 8700 lbs—identical to the lesser Durango SRT 392 and Durango R/T, and a class-leading figure among full-size three-row SUVs.
The Durango SRT Hellcat gets a new front fascia and rear spoiler, aero features that add up to 140 lbs of downforce at 180 mph. One assumes it will be greatly appreciated. Like the rest of the Hellcat lineup, the supercharged Durango gets Launch Control for brake-torque starts and Launch Assist to quell wheel-hop at launch. To bring all that momentum to a stop, Brembo six-piston calipers grip 15.75-inch rotors up front, with four-piston rear calipers and 13.8-inch discs.
The Durango SRT Hellcat is a one-year-only model, exclusively available in 2021. Ordering opens this fall, with vehicles arriving in dealerships in early 2021.
JUL 2, 2020