We’ve known for more than a year, the 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat would be produced for just one year before changes to evaporative emissions requirements would regulate it into extinction. Prior to Covid-19 induced production shutdowns and semiconductor shortages the 6.2-liter Hellcat V8 equipped Durango was only emissions compliant for six months.
“(The Durango Hellcat) is not limited, not serialized like what we do with (Dodge Demon), but we’re only building them for six months,” Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis told us back in July of 2020. “With all of the changes we made in the plant to come back up (to production) post-COVID with the sequencing and spacing in the plant, it’s changed the number we can build… I don’t have an actual number but it will be less than 2,000. I don’t how much less than 2,000. It will be determined by customer demand and how much we can build in that six-month period.”
When equipped in the 2021 Dodge Durango, the 6.2-liter Hellcat pumped out 710 hp and 640 lb-ft of torque with a top speed of 180 mph.
“When we switch to ’22 model year, there are new evaporative emission requirements that come in that the Hellcat engine does not meet in that platform,” Kuniskis elaborated at the time. “And with the change in platforms for the next generation (WL) Jeep Grand Cherokee, it’s a one-year cycle (for Durango Hellcat).”
According to Motor Trend, the semiconductor shortage actually ended up prolonging the production period. Instead of exiting production earlier this year, the Hellcat version of the Dodge Durango continued to roll off the line at Jefferson Assembly in Detroit.
It’s a vehicle that was always going to be produced in limited numbers, but it’s unclear if the production extension actually resulted in more trucks being assembled.
Say your goodbyes now as this could be the last time we ever see a high horsepower Dodge Durango that runs on dinosaurs. Dodge is expected to debut its first-ever EV in 2024, so even if we get some kind of muscley version of the redesigned Durango past 2023, probability points to it using a hybrid or all-electric powertrain.