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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

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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