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That’s A 50 Percent Increase Of The Previous Total Volume

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Image via Stellantis.

When the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was revealed last summer, one thing was clear: there weren’t going to be very many built. In fact, the original production timeline for the 710 hp SUV was a mere six months, with production expected to end by the second half of 2021. The original production target was “less than” 2,000 units, per Dodge leaders.

“(Production target is) over 3,000 now. In the grand scheme of things, (the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat) is very limited,” Dodge sales head Matt McAlear told MC&T.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat
Image Via Dodge.

Optimizing Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Production

Given the demand and the rarity, one would assume that it would be impossible to get ahold of a 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat at a fair price. However, a quick browse on AutoTrader shows that most Dodge dealers are selling their Durango Hellcats at or around MSRP, but there are some with markups as high as $35,000 USD, pushing their prices above $120,000. The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat has a starting price of $80,995 USD, before any options.

“We were able to do some optimization at the plants, we had sold orders in the dealer system,” said McAlear. “There won’t be a ‘22 model year so we wanted to take advantage of the situation where we could.”

Dodge previously announced that it would increase Durango Hellcat production on its official blog, but the adjusted number was not immediately clear at the time.

“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 Dodge CEO Kuniskis to MC&T last summer. “And with the change in platforms for the next generation (WL) Jeep Grand Cherokee, it’s a one year cycle.”

All Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee SUVs are built in the same facility, at the 3 million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, Michigan.

710 Horsepower With Room For Seven Occupants

Relatively speaking, this puts the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat among the rarest of Dodge’s performance vehicle offerings, mirroring that of the 840 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon.

“We did just over 3,000 Demons, so from a rarity standpoint it’s extremely limited,” added McAlear.

In the right hands, the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is capable of hitting cornering forces as high as 1.2G, and is also capable of accelerating from 0-60 in just 3.5 seconds under the right conditions. The top speed of the 5,710-lb Durango Hellcat is an incredible 180 mph. Not bad for something that can tow 8,700 lbs. And with 710 horsepower, it’s the most powerful production three-row SUV in the world.

2021 Dodge Durango Trackhawk SRT
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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