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.