Touted as the most powerful SUV ever, today marks the debut of the 710-horsepower 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat three-row SUV. It comes with a starting U.S. manufacturer’s suggested retail price (MSRP) of $80,995 (all prices exclude destination).
“The Durango SRT Hellcat can top 60 miles per hour in 3.5 seconds, cover the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds as certified by the NHRA, has a top speed of 180 mph, and can still fit your entire family,” says Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of Passenger Cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America.
“With three rows of seats, (the) Durango SRT Hellcat is as qualified for a family road trip as it is on a racetrack, a 710-horsepower muscle car for people with families.”
Deliveries of the Durango SRT Hellcat are scheduled to begin early next year. The 2021 Dodge Durango will be built at the 3 million-square-foot Jefferson North Assembly Plant (JNAP) in Detroit, which is nearing completion of a $2.5-billion expansion.
The Durango includes a new front fascia design, a new chin splitter, updated engine oil cooler duct, an air guide, and a snorkel for cold air induction. A new, unique rear spoiler creates an improved aerodynamic balance with the new front end design, resulting in a massive increase in rear downforce of more than 400 percent (142 lbs. @ 180 mph).
SRT engineers upgraded the Durango SRT Hellcat to improve handling, including several race-inspired technologies and Brembo brakes, which require 116 feet to come to a full stop from 60 mph. The Brembo brakes consist of high-performance six-piston, two-piece (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers, and vented rotors at all four corners measuring 15.7 inches (front) and 13.8 inches (rear).
Durango SRT Hellcat comes standard with electric power steering (EPS) with selectable steering tuning to better manage increased grip, both improving handling performance and delivering better steering feel and ease of turning efforts at parking lot speeds.
- With EPS and standard SRT Drive modes accessed via the Durango’s new 10.1-inch touchscreen or the mid-mounted switch bank, drivers can tailor their driving experience by controlling transmission shift speeds, steering, paddle shifters, traction, all-wheel drive (AWD) and suspension settings
- SRT Drive modes offer selectable settings for Street (Auto), Sport and Track, while the Custom setting allows the driver to select individual preferences
Race-inspired technologies that come standard for both 2021 Durango SRT models also bolster performance:
- Launch Control – easily accessed from a toggle switch in the cockpit, manages tire slip while launching the vehicle to allow the driver to achieve consistent straight-line acceleration
- Launch Assist – uses wheel speed sensors to mitigate wheel hop at launch and, in milliseconds, modifies the engine torque to regain full grip
For towing, the Durango offers a supercharged 6.2-liter HEMI Hellcat V-8, a 392-cubic-inch HEMI V-8, and a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8 with the Tow N Go Package with a towing capability of 8,700 lbs. The 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine has a towing capability of 6,200 lbs.
For the 2021 model year, Dodge also offers an 807-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock and the new 797-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Redeye.
In related news, Mopar, FCA’s parts and aftermarket supplier based in Center Line, is now offering a new crate engine – the 807-horsepower Hellcrate Redeye 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI® V-8 engine.
“With the addition of this new supercharged HEMI, Mopar now offers five HEMI crate engines with a range of 375 to 1,000 horsepower,” says Mark Bosanac, head of Mopar service, parts, and Customer Care for FCA – North America. “All Mopar crate engines are quality-tested and factory-backed to deliver proven performance to our enthusiasts.”
Rated at 807 horsepower and 717 lb.-ft. of torque on 91-octane pump gas, the new Hellcrate Redeye crate engine is engineered with proven, factory-backed hardware first seen in the wheelie-pulling, record-setting, limited-edition 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon – the world’s quickest and most powerful muscle car ever.
This same supercharged HEMI engine powers the industry’s most powerful muscle cars, including the new Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye, Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the high-horsepower halo of the lineup in 2021, the new 807-horsepower Challenger SRT Super Stock.
“2021 marks the year that Dodge is distilled to a pure performance brand with 700+ horsepower models available across the entire Dodge lineup,” says Tim Kuniskis, global head of Alfa Romeo and head of passenger cars – Dodge, SRT, Chrysler and FIAT, FCA – North America. “The new 807-horsepower Hellcrate Redeye crate engine gives any pre-1976 vehicle owner another opportunity to become a member of the Dodge Brotherhood of Muscle by tapping into the Dodge//SRT power that wasn’t available then, but is now.”
The new Hellcrate Redeye power plant features significant upgrades versus the standard Hellcrate engine, including:
- Larger supercharger – 2.7 liters versus 2.4 liters
- Increased boost pressure: 14.5 psi versus 11.6 psi
- Higher rpm limit: 6,500 rpm versus 6,200 rpm
- Forged alloy steel crankshaft with 90.9-millimeter stroke and revised balancing
- Induction-hardened crank bearing surfaces; individual journal optimized main bearing clearances
- 5150 alloy gun-drilled camshaft optimized for high rpm performance and decreased weight
- Forged high-strength alloy pistons; 30-micron increased piston-to-bore clearance
- Powder-forged connecting rods; upgraded shank and big end; revised ultra-high tensile fasteners
- 100 percent increase in piston-cooling jet flow
- Revised valve-spring design with 33 percent increase in oiling for valve springs and rocker tips for improved lubrication and cooling
- Single-groove collets on valve stems for improved stability
- Oil pan and windage tray optimized for high acceleration – tested up to 1.8 g
- Each engine is dyno-tested for 42 minutes before being shipped
This complete engine assembly includes a supercharger with throttle body, fuel injectors, coil packs, water pump, front sump oil pan and flexplate.
Builders who prefer a manual transmission can purchase the following:
- Flywheel (part # 05038113AD)
- Flywheel to crankshaft bolts (part # 06504398)
- Clutch and pressure plate assembly (part # 05038769AB)
- Clutch to flywheel bolts (par t# 06508880AA)
Also available is a Front End Accessory Drive (FEAD) Kit (part # 77072492), which includes an alternator, power-steering pump, belts, pulleys and mounting hardware.
The Hellcrate Redeye 6.2-liter Supercharged HEMI V-8 engine (part # 68303091AA) is available to order today for a U.S. Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $21,807. The 807- horsepower HEMI ships in distinctive packaging that features the Hellcat Redeye logo and includes in-depth information sheets with installation requirements and helpful tips.
The new Hellcrate Redeye 6.2-liter Supercharged Crate HEMI V-8 engine joins four proven power plants in the Mopar Crate HEMI engine family:
- “Hellephant” 426 Supercharged Crate HEMI (part # P5160194AC)
- 1,000 horsepower and 950 lb.-ft. of torque
- $29,995 MSRP
- “Hellcrate” 6.2-liter Supercharged Crate HEMI (part # 68303089AB)
- 707 horsepower and 650 lb.-ft. of torque
- $20,215 MSRP
- 6.4-liter Crate HEMI (part # 68303090AA)
- 485 horsepower and 475 lb.-ft. of torque
- $10,060 MSRP
- 5.7-liter Crate HEMI (part # 68303088AA)
- 375 horsepower and 410 lb.-ft. of torque
- $6,550 MSRP
Mopar HEMI crate engines are covered against defects in materials and workmanship for a 90-day period (parts exchange only).