710-HP Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat’s Emissions Mean 2021 Model Is the Last

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

Episode 4020

Dodge is upping the high performance ante this year with the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat, and the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye. We were fortunate enough to get invited to North Carolina where we got to take both of these powerhouses on a leisurely cruise through the countryside, as well as put them through their paces on the track. 

The Durango SRT Hellcat is the most powerful SUV ever delivering 710 hp and 646 lb-ft of torque. That just barely edges out Jeep’s Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. But like the Jeep, all that power comes from a supercharged 6.2 liter HEMI Hellcat V8 that is paired with a quick shifting TorqueFlite 8 speed automatic transmission.

On the open road this 3 row SUV is extremely comfortable, and when you have the drive mode set for Street the power is very well managed and is just fine as a daily driver. When everything is switched to Sport or Track mode, this Durango becomes a different animal. 

While on the track there was a constant thought of, “A SUV should not be capable of handling like this!” Blasting through the curves, the ride was both exhilarating and impressive.

Now we shift gears to the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, and a claim of being the most powerful and fastest production sedan available today…sensing a theme here? This powerhouse delivers 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of Torque. That’s right, with the Redeye treatment a jump from the Charger Hellcat’s 717 to almost 800 hp, thus keeping up with the Challenger Redeye coupe. 

To help put that power to the pavement, the Redeye boasts the aggressive widebody that first made its way to the Charger Hellcat for the 2020 model year. This 3.5 inches of added width allows more rubber for the road, and it does not go unnoticed. Like the Durango, this Charger does surprisingly well on the street as a daily driver, but the real fun comes on the track. It just stays incredibly fixed to the pavement. Clearly gone are the days when American muscle only went fast in a straight line. The engineers at Dodge have put in a lot of work to make sure that this track ready car can take on any track.

Coming to a showroom near you the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat will start at $80,995 and the 2021 Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye will start at $78,595. With so much power for a price like that, these two vehicles are a huge bang for your buck! For a more detailed look at both of these Hellcats, keep it locked, here on MotorWeek.

Vital Statistics

    Durango SRT Hellcat

    Horsepower: 710

    Torque: 646 lb-ft.

    Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye

    Horsepower: 797

    Torque: 707 lb-ft.

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Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

Inside, the Hellcat Durango has a driver-centric layout that looks similar to the dashboard on the Dodge Charger and Challenger. The super SUV’s gauge cluster features exclusive red accents, and its flat-bottom steering wheel hosts a pair of paddle shifters as well as an SRT logo that has red backlighting. The Hellcat model also comes standard with heated and ventilated seats and nappa leather upholstery, which includes microsuede inserts on the front cushions. The cabin can also be upgraded with Laguna leather that comes in a black and Demonic Red color scheme with embossed Hellcat logos. The center console contains a pair of cupholders, a prominent T-handle shifter, a capacious storage bin, and space for a wireless charging pad. The Durango provides comfortable accommodations and a foldaway third row. Models we’ve tested in the past have also held an impressive amount of carry-on suitcases, too, with the ability to swallow four bags behind the backmost row and up to 26 with the second and third rows stowed.

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Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

Dodge offers the bare minimum when it comes to its limited and powertrain warranty. Likewise, the company doesn’t offer any type of complimentary maintenance, unlike rivals from Hyundai and Toyota.

  • Limited warranty covers three years or 36,000 miles
  • Powertrain warranty covers five years or 60,000 miles
  • No complimentary scheduled maintenance

Specifications

Specifications 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat VEHICLE TYPE front-engine, all-wheel-drive, 6-passenger, 4-door wagon PRICE AS TESTED $89,665 (base price: $82,490) ENGINE TYPE supercharged and intercooled pushrod 16-valve V-8, iron block and aluminum heads, port fuel injection Displacement 376 in3, 6166 cm3 Power 710 hp @ 6100 rpm Torque 640 lb-ft @ 4300 rpm TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic CHASSIS Suspension (F/R): control arms/multilink Brakes (F/R): 15.7-in vented, grooved disc/13.8-in vented disc Tires: Pirelli P Zero Runflat, 295/45ZR-20 (110Y) DIMENSIONS Wheelbase: 119.8 in Length: 200.8 in Width: 76.4 in Height: 69.8 in Passenger volume: 142 ft3 Cargo volume: 17 ft3 Curb weight: 5334 lb C/D TEST RESULTS 60 mph: 3.6 sec 100 mph: 8.9 sec 130 mph: 16.0 sec 150 mph: 23.9 sec Rolling start, 5–60 mph: 4.2 sec Top gear, 30–50 mph: 2.3 sec Top gear, 50–70 mph: 2.6 sec 1/4 mile: 12.0 sec @ 115 mph Braking, 70–0 mph: 165 ft Braking, 100–0 mph: 323 ft Roadholding, 300-ft-dia skidpad: 0.87 g C/D FUEL ECONOMY Observed: 12 mpg EPA FUEL ECONOMY (C/D EST) Combined/city/highway: 13/11/17 mpg

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