While we may celebrate American independence on the Fourth of July, historians have long argued that the Declaration of Independence was actually signed by our founding fathers on July 2, 1776. That is exactly why Dodge felt that it was the perfect time to introduce the nation and the world to the new and improved 2021 Dodge muscle car lineup, which happens to make a combined 8,950 horsepower.
For those who were unable to view the event as it happened, Dodge has uploaded the unveiling event to their YouTube Channel. Titled “Liberty and the Pursuit of Horsepower,” Dodge pulled out all of the stops to make the event feel like a celebration of America and our muscle cars. There’s even an appearance by metallic eagles and American Blues artists Kenny Wayne Shepherd, who gave his best Jimi Hendrix impression while riffing on The Star Spangled Banner.
The launch saw the company release three new SRT products, as well as the updated 2021 Dodge Durango. The first of the SRT products to launch was the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, a new Hellcat Redeye model that is heavily Demon-inspired and built for the strip. As FCA’s Head of Passenger Cars Tim Kuniskis put it, spinning isn’t winning at the drag strip, and the new trim level aims to offer drivers more on-track performance at the drag-strip.
Furthering the proliferation of the Redeye models, Dodge also unveiled the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, marking the first time that the more powerful engine has joined the sedan lineup. With 797 horsepower under the hood and a top speed of 203 mph, the Charger Redeye is unquestionably the fastest full-size sedan in the world today.
The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was announced yesterday as well as a 2021 model year exclusive. With 710 horsepower and a ¼ mile time of just 11.5 seconds, the new three-row muscle car is not only the world’s fastest SUV, but also the most capable in its class with a towing capacity of 8,700 lbs. While an SUV of this ilk seems brash, Dodge says that their Durango buyers care more about performance than any other competitor in the segment. This might just be because those buyers are also three times more likely to already have a muscle car in their garage at home.
Dodge poses a question that is unlike any other brand when it comes to their trim levels: it all comes down to how much horsepower do you want to take home with you. If that isn’t the kind of straight-forward freedom that we love here in America, then maybe we don’t deserve these masterful muscle cars in the 2021 Dodge muscle car lineup.