2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat 707HP Fall Muscle SUV

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Durango Hellcat

By Dave Ashton

While it feels like most of the car industry is currently in cryo stasis, Dodge had been beavering away on the upcoming 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat. Manufacturers such as General Motors has put the likes of the new Hummer on hold, as with Ford with a supposedly V8 Ranger Raptor Concept. But, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) has carried on in uncertain times, with a possible fall launch of the 707HP Dodge Durango Hellcat.

Reports from the likes of Mopar Insiders have stated that SRT engineers have been working from home with the renewed vehicle and as a top priority. With possible production starting on October 5, located at Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Detroit, Michigan.

As for a reveal date, there are no specifics, but most likely a reveal will come towards the end of 2020 as a live streaming event, before which we are surely going to be drip fed snippets of information and video.

Due to the uncertainty in the car industry in general, it makes sense for Dodge to focus on one of their more popular models. The Durango sold over 67,599 units last year, with 17,805 units being shifted in the first quarter of 2020.

Which begs the question, will this updated Durango Hellcat be just another powerful engine drop in or is there more to the story? Although information is currently thin on the ground, there should be stylistic changes along with interior improvements. Things like a 10.1 inch Uconnect infotainment system, but don’t expect a vast amount of difference as the current generation is in its ninth year. Plus, with past versions only lasting five years, a fourth-generation Durango could be coming as soon as 2022.

But, what of this newfangled Hellcat 707HP version? Power wise, it should be along the lines of the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Which itself was capable of 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, a quarter-mile in 11.6 seconds and a limited top speed of 191mph. As the Durango is a touch heavier than the Trackhawk at 5,381 pounds, the Durango could be just a touch slower, but we will have to wait on this point. Plus, the Durango SRT Hellcat is going to be four-wheel-drive, which will be interesting to see how it lays down that power to each wheel.

Mixing up the popularity and might of the Hellcat engine along with the current fashion for SUVs makes total sense. Lets just hope they can make the seating 2 meters apart……..


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