The Dodge Durango SRT Will Have a Hellish 2021

The Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat will be produced for one year.

In an era when many automakers are looking to a future without internal combustion engines, Dodge continues to double down on its muscular reputation.

The newest Dodge abomination – ahem, development – is the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.

In keeping with the rest of Dodge’s overpowered Hellcat offerings, the Durango SRT Hellcat will come with a 6.2-liter supercharged Hemi V8, which is good for 710 horsepower. It’ll be offered with Dodge’s eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive.

Since the base vehicle here is a large SUV, some changes are being made to the Durango to facilitate its newfound horsepower. One of those changes is the replacement of the front fog lights with air intakes. There are plenty of aesthetic adjustments too, including a revamped front fascia with chin spoiler to go with the exaggerated hood scoop. A rear spoiler will also provide some downforce to keep this beast  on all four tires.

Car and Driver reports that the Durango SRT Hellcat will have an exhaust note to match its burly specs.

The catch here is that Dodge will only produce the Durango SRT Hellcat for the 2021 model year before shutting it down. The stated reason for this is Dodge’s inability to meet emissions regulations if it produces this particular car for longer than a single year.

It seems like the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is answering a question that very few people asked. Dodge already makes a Durango SRT, which for the 2021 model year produces 475 horsepower. If you’ve ever seen one of these on the road, or heard the roar of one with wide-open throttle, you might be wondering why it was in need of an upgrade to the Hellcat engine.

Considering how many Hellcat-powered vehicles Dodge has now produced, there must be a demand for raw, fuel-inefficient power in a package that costs over $80,000 new.

While fellow domestic automakers Ford and General Motors dump their money into development of electric vehicles, Dodge is doubling down on the tire-shredding, exhaust-spewing legacy that it has built.