Out of all of Detroit’s automakers, Dodge is perhaps the most unabashedly American in their approach. The company builds exclusively performance-oriented vehicles these days, whether that be their Charger or Challenger muscle cars, or the bruiting Dodge Durango SUV. Exclusively for the 2021 model year, all three of these offerings are available with Dodge’s most iconic powertrain: the 6.2L Hellcat V8 engine. Well, sort of. The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat was limited to a production run of just 2,000 units, all of which were spoken for in just a matter of weeks. As it turns out however, this may not remain the case for long. According to the brand’s official Dodge Garage blog, Stellantis now has plans to produce more 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcats due to an issues with dealer allocations.
According to the blog, issues arose within the ordering process for the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat once production began in January. Certain dealers did not end up receiving allocations from the automaker, despite the fact that they “sold” units to pre-order customers. This created a bit of an issue for these customers, as their $80,995-plus SUVs were then spoken for elsewhere. Now though, Dodge has a plan to make this right. The report notes that Dodge will be upping the production totals of the Durango SRT Hellcat in June, and will cover all sold orders within the dealer system.
“Any time you launch a limited-production vehicle and plan to build fewer units than the number of Dodge dealers across the country, you risk leaving a lot of customers very unhappy,” said Dodge Brand Director Bob Broderdorf in the blog. “As we finalized the production plan for this amazing SUV, we found a way to move some 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V8 engines from other vehicles to ensure every ‘sold order’ in our systems will get built. We didn’t want to disappoint these customers and wanted to find a way to ensure they are part of the Brotherhood of Muscle.”
While we don’t know how many of these SUVs Dodge will have to crank out, we know that it needs to happen before the end of the 2021 model year.
Unlike GM and the C8 Corvette, Dodge can’t simply push these customers back to the next model year. That’s because the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat won’t meet new regulations coming into play for the 2022 model year. More specifically, platform changes and new evaporative emission requirements will ensure this 710 horsepower SUV is a one-year exclusive.
So then it appears that we will be getting more than 2,000 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcats. MC&T has reached out to Dodge for comment on the exact number of extra builds that will be taking place, and will update this page when we get an answer. While it is true that no one really needs an SUV capable of ripping off an 11.5 second ¼ mile, we’re glad that everyone who wanted one will reportedly be able to get one.