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2021 DODGE DURANGO HELLCAT BEGINS PRODUCTION

The Six-Month Production Cycle Will End In June

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Image via Dodge.

The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is a very unique SUV. Three-rows, 710 horsepower, all-wheel-drive, and tons of All-American attitude. It’s the most powerful production SUV in the world, in fact. And it starts at $80,995, plus destination fees. However, only 2,000 of them have been earmarked for the US market. And they will only be built from six months, starting this week onward.

Ordering for the Dodge Durango Hellcat opened up in November 2020, and quickly closed in January 2021 when allocations were spoken for. It feels like, along with the Cadillac CT5-V Blackwing, that many of these vehicles will end up in a collection, where these vehicles where hardly ever be put to use. Which is a shame, as the 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat can do things like this:

The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is built in Detroit, Michigan, at Jefferson Assembly.

A previous interview with Dodge brand chief Tim Kuniskis touched on why the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will have such a short production window.

“When we switch to ’22 model year, there’s new evaporative emission requirements that come in that the Hellcat engine does not meet in that platform,” said Kuniskis, last summer. “And with the change in platforms for the next generation (WL) Jeep Grand Cherokee, it’s a one year cycle (for Durango Hellcat).”

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat. Image via Dodge.

Disruptions stemming from COVID-19 were likely of no help, either. If you recall, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was supposed to be unveiled at the 2020 New York Auto Show, which was canceled, and production was rumored to begin as early as that summer. Of course, that didn’t happen.

The three-row Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat isn’t the only SUV that FCA Stellantis offers. The two-row Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk has been around for a few years now. Though, while also incredibly powerful, the buttoned-up looks and quieter exhaust help separate it from the muscle car themes of the longer Durango Hellcat, while each target a different buyer.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
2021 Durango Hellcat. Image via Stellantis.

Written by Manoli Katakis

Detroit Region SCCA Member and founder of MC&T. Automotive Media Jedi Knight. Not yet the rank of Master.

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