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DODGE DURANGO HELLCAT TEASED, REPORTEDLY DEBUTING IN APRIL

A 707 Horsepower Three-Row SUV Is Headed To The New York Auto Show

Dodge Durango Hellcat

With all of the GMC Hummer EV Super Bowl stuff going on this past weekend, Dodge cleverly inserted a teaser of a product many of us have been anticipating for quite some time. And it happened right under our noses. The hint of a three-row SUV with the supercharged heart of the Charger and Challenger SRT Hellcat muscle cars. We’re talking of course about the Dodge Durango Hellcat, and we got just the slightest peak of the upcoming machine in an ad cross-promoting the latest Fast & Furious movie. In the video below, you will catch the supercharged Durango flash before your eyes between the 17 and 18-second marks. While blurry, we can clearly make out a massive hoodscoop, hinting that there’s more under the hood than an Apache engine.

Wait, it gets better. According to the folks at Motor Authority, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will debut at the New York Auto Show this April, based on one of their sources. Red key, baby. Red key.

It would be safe to assume that the impending Dodge Durango Hellcat would have the same hardware and running gear as the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which is also Hellcat powered, also an SUV, and also All-Wheel-Drive. That means all 707 horsepower coming from the 6.2L Hellcat supercharged V8 will be send to all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission, likely aided by a single-speed active transfer case and electronic limited-slip differential in back.

What does this all mean in terms of performance numbers? Well the (slightly smaller and lighter) Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk scoots from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, runs the 1320 in 11.6 seconds, and carries a top speed of 180 mph. This otherwise means that the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat would come incredibly close to those numbers, while also having room for a few more people in the cabin, plus their stuff. In other words, it will be one of the most entertaining family vehicles you could buy in any market.

This mega muscle SUV will take (and pricing) of the Durango to new heights, as well, slotting itself above the current Durango SRT 392, which starts at $62,995. For a better idea where pricing will land, we again have to look to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, which starts at $86,900. Considering the extra seats, the Durango Hellcat could fetch an even higher price.

In the meantime, Dodge will display the Durango SRT Black and Redline Stripe Editions at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show happening this week.

Stay tuned for more.

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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