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Durango Unchained

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat HPE1000 Hennessey Performance Engineering Mopar

Seeing as it can’t tune the C8 Corvette, Hennessey Performance Engineering is turning its attention to exciting FCA products that have been announced recently. Readers may recall the 2021 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, packing 807 horsepower thanks to a lot of parts sharing from the late Dodge Demon, as well as the fastest production sedan in the world, the 797 hp Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye.  As it stands, HPE already offers 1,000 horsepower upgrades for both the Charger and Challenger, but there’s now another Mopar monster performance package coming from the Texas tuner: 1,000 horsepower for the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.

Considering the extremely limited production run for the world’s most powerful production SUV, Hennessey says that only 50 examples of the HPE1000 Durango SRT Hellcats will be built. Estimated total output is 1,012 horsepower and 969 lb-ft of torque, while 0-60 is expected to be 2.8 seconds, and the quarter mile will clock a 10.8.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat

The upgrade includes the following:
• Upgraded Supercharger System
• Pulley Upgrade
• Stainless-Steel Long Tube Headers
• High-Flow Catalytic Converters
• Upgraded High-Flow Fuel Injectors
• HPE Calibration Upgrade
• High-Flow Air Induction System
• Crank Case Ventilation System
• Professional Installation
• All Necessary Gaskets & Fluids
• Chassis Dyno Testing
• Road Testing (up to 200 miles)
• Hennessey Exterior Badges
• HPE1000 Badges
• Serial Numbered Plaques
• 1 Year / 12,000 Mile Warranty

It’s unclear if Hennessey will be able to continue the 1,000 horsepower upgrade package with the standard Dodge Durango SRT 392. But fret not, Mopar fans, because there’s an entire buffet of performance in many forms. Aside from the HPE1000 Dodge Durango, Challenger and Charger, packages, Hennessey has the Maximus Jeep Gladiator ($225,000 and limited to 25 units), and just three Hellephant-powered Ram TRX 6×6 Mammoth trucks ($500,000). Pricing for the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat HPE1000 package hasn’t been announced yet, but a similar package is offered on its cousin, the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT Trackhawk, for $34,950.

2021 Dodge Durango Trackhawk SRT
Image Courtesy of FCA.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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