Dodge Set to Debut an All-New 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) is heating things up with yet another supercharged option. The automaker is slated to debut the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat at the upcoming New York Auto Show. Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a Dodge insider confirmed to Motor Authority that the automaker will be showing up and showing out with the Durango SRT Hellcat at the New York Auto Show in April 2020.
Like we mentioned earlier on our blog, Dodge is currently running its “House of Power” ads that promote not only its vehicles, but also the upcoming chapter in the “Fast and the Furious” film saga. At the 17-second mark of this particular ad (seen below), viewers can spot a Durango fender with a Hellcat logo. Many consider this easter egg a cheeky nod to the model’s upcoming supercharged variant. Just like the current Grand Cherokee Trackhawk that’s powered by the Hellcat engine, the Durango SRT Hellcat will soon join the ranks as it gets the total SRT treatment.
Experts believe that the supercharged Durango will follow the same path as the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk, likely with the same powertrain and running gear. A 707-horsepower supercharged 6.2-liter V8 will rest under the hood and be accompanied by a 2.3-liter supercharger with 11.6 pounds of boost. The engine will be paired with an automatic transmission and other features include a single-speed active transfer case and an electronic limited-slip differential.
Although the current Grand Cherokee Trackhawk runs 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds, experts believe the Durango SRT Hellcat will be a tad slower given its increased weight as a three-row people mover. Additionally, the Durango SRT Hellcat will likely feature larger two-piece vented Brembo brakes and vented rear rotors due to its larger mass. The following five drive modes are expected on the Durango SRT Hellcat’s all-wheel-drive system: Auto, Sport, Track, Tow, and Snow.
Just like its sports car brothers — the Charger and Challenger models, the Durango SRT Hellcat will offer buyers a red key and a black key, with the black key working to limit power output to 500 horsepower. Another expected similarity between the Grand Cherokee Trackhawk and Durango SRT Hellcat is that FCA will continue to sell the naturally-aspirated Durango SRT alongside the incoming Durango SRT Hellcat. The current Durango SRT offers buyers 475 horsepower and can go from 0 to 60 mph in 4.4 seconds. A spokesperson from FCA refused to comment on the automaker’s future plans, so we’ll have to wait until the 2020 New York Auto Show to get our first glimpse of the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat.
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