2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Production Expands to 3000 Units
The 2021 Dodge Durango was a special year for the SUV indeed. Although on the large side of the lineup, muscle car automaker Dodge has been pushing the limits of horsepower and high-performance powertrains with the likes of the Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and SRT Super Stock. Adding similar powertrain performance to other vehicles in the lineup was only a matter of time, with the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and eventually the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. Revealed in 2020, the racetrack ready SUV was said to be short lived to make way for alternative fuel vehicles, but it seems the popularity for Dodge vehicles will always persevere.
Orders for the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat began in November 2020. With a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI® Hellcat V8 engine under the hood, the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat can generate 710 horsepower, 645 lb.-ft. of torque. Able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in only 3.5 seconds, this is an SUV to take to the speedway. Starting at an MSRP of $80,995 (plus destination fee), the powerful SUV was thought to be short-lived, as mentioned above. Earlier this year, 2021, Dodge announced that the Durango SRT Hellcat would be discontinued this summer, 2020.
With June just around the corner, the end of the Hellcat-powered SUV is close. Dodge is currently fulfilling consumer orders, followed by dealership orders, but they have no intention of filling up any lots. With the timeline previously believed to only last six months, the production target was expected to barely hit 2000 units. It would seem that target has already been surpassed, with orders rising into the 3000’s as of this moment. Some of this may be due to the options Dodge offers consumers when ordering the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.
“We were able to do some optimization at the plants, we had sold orders in the dealer system…There won’t be a ‘22 model year so we wanted to take advantage of the situation where we could.” – Dodge sales head Matt McAlear when speaking with Muscle Cars & Trucks
By the time 2022 rolls around, the muscle car automaker will have switched gears to meet evaporative emission requirements overseas and in the states. Although the U.S. is a little notorious for being a little more lenient, for some automakers, models hit the UK before North America, and the European Union Commission is ever more strict with carbon dioxide emissions. The likes of the SRT Hellcat models definitely don’t do any favors for Dodge or the automobile group Stellantis as a whole. With PSA Peugeot CEO Carlos Tavares setting a ten-year deadline for automakers like Dodge to have continued success while following a new electrified business strategy, introducing a hybrid SUV could be the first step to turning Dodge into a more environmentally-friendly automaker.
It sounds crazy, but a plug-in hybrid Dodge Durango SUV is currently in the works. Information is still pretty scarce, but the Pentastar V6 engine will most likely make up the internal combustion portion of the powertrain. Before the automaker finally makes the leap, it would seem consumers are steadfast on getting their hands on high-performance vehicles, be they coupes, sedans, or even SUVs. Contact us at Aventura Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram about the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat today.