There has never been a better time than now to be a fan of big horsepower. With electrification creeping ever closer, automakers have recently allowed their engineers to turn loose and build some seriously powerful engines. None of these modern masterpieces are as well known as the supercharged 6.2L Hellcat V8 however. That is likely the result of FCA’s mission to shove the engine into as many products as possible, including their large SUVs. Shortly after the automaker announced the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, excitement from buyers turned to panic as production details emerged. MC&T was the first to report that production of the Durango Hellcat would only last six months, a claim that is again being backed up by sources close to the Jefferson North Assembly Plant.
According to a recent report from MoparInsiders, production for the Durango SRT Hellcat is about to ramp up. FCA remains on track to finish 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat production in June of this year, matching the short six-month timeframe laid out to MC&T by Dodge chief Tim Kuniskis. That said, it appears that Kuniskis’ estimated production total of less than 2,000 units could be slightly off.
According to the report, Dodge has added an incremental number of Durango Hellcat’s to the production slate based on intense customer demand. While there is no word at this point as to how many more of these super SUVs are on the way, the Durango SRT Hellcat will certainly remain more rare than the Dodge Demon. FCA built a full 3,300 units of the 840 horsepower muscle car during its own single-year production run.
While the short production run has more to do with regulations than anything else, we’re not exactly sure how many buyers want a truck like this. Thanks to 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque on tap, this family hauler can rip off a 0-60 run in just 3.5 seconds. For reference, that is about as quick as a Ferrari 458 Italia. The suspension, bodywork and brakes have also been massively upgraded to help this 5,710 lbs SUV dance around a track or backroad. Speaking of the track, every 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat purchase includes a full-day session at the Bondurant High-Performance Driving School in Chandler, Arizona. This isn’t exactly typical of most new SUV purchases, but then again there is nothing typical about an SRT Hellcat product.