The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is a 1-year only big ferocious SUV that defies physics. This 3-row SUV sprints to 60 MPH in only 3.5-seconds and can dispense of the 1/4-mile in just 11.5-seconds (an NHRA certified time). That speed is accomplished with a Supercharged 6.2L Hemi Hellcat V8 putting down 710 hp and 645 lb.-ft. of torque through an 8-speed automatic and an AWD system. Did we mention that this speedy SUV can also tow up to 8,700-pounds?!?!
This really is a do it all SUV, but with great power comes great price, over $91,000 for our tester.
FCA’s Hellcat all the things program is nearly complete. This Durango SRT Hellcat somehow even puts down more power, 8-hp more, than the insane 2021 RAM TRX. While the Durango doesn’t have the off-road chops the TRX has, it does have more people moving capability and slightly more towing capacity.
The Durango SRT Hellcat even has more of everything than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk with which it shares basic architecture. That more does include another 344-pounds (5,710 curb weight), however. Somehow with only 3 hp more the Durango manages to equal the Trackhawk’s 0-60 time and beat it by 1/2-second in the 1/4-mile. Again, this big SUV defies physics.
But, what you might not expect are the super loud turn signal or remote lock beep. Even the huge red brake calipers scream that there is a monster under the skin of this big family hauler. While we actually grew quite fond of the Octane Red paint on this Durango SRT Hellcat, the bright red brake calipers did clash with the paint.
Our Computer Overlords
You get an Auto Drive Mode, with a rear-biased torque split of 60%, a Sport Mode (65%), and a Track Mode (70%). While smokey burnouts aren’t really a thing with this AWD SUV, Track mode does let you initiate 4-wheel drifts a bit easier. There are also Snow and Towing Drive Modes. While this is a heavy AWD SUV, I’m not so sure I’d try to tame this high horsepower monster in the snow, without snow tires at least.
I do love that the SRT Drive Modes & Launch Control are both quickly accessed through piano key hard buttons on the center stack. This makes them so much quicker to access than going through the menus in the infotainment system. Speaking of launch control, how awesome is having that system on a big 3-row SUV! Even in cold wet conditions, I managed a 4.0-second 0-60 time.
The SRT Performance Pages in the infotainment system offer up even more fun than just the drive modes. You get G-meters, all kinds of performance tracking info, and the ability to dial in things like launch control and drive modes to custom settings that you prefer. This is the type of custom tunning that would have required carrying around a laptop to plug into the vehicle not that many years ago, and are features rarely found in a big SUV.
A big frustration with the infotainment system, which is otherwise pretty intuitive, is that many screens don’t have a back button on them. This means you need to go all the way back to a main menu, which is annoying and requires more effort than it should. On the flip side of that coin, the touchscreen is pretty responsive and the screen is bright and vivid.
Inside The Durango SRT Hellcat
While I love the wireless phone charger location and the optional Harmon-Kardon audio system is pretty good, the interior is just a weird combo of premium & cheap materials. The interior feels old and new at the same time, which I guess isn’t that surprising, as it is just an updated version of what debuted all the way back in 2011.
Outside The Durango SRT Hellcat
If You Have To Ask…
No, I didn’t try to optimize fuel economy, and yes I mashed the skinny pedal more than a few times. Like all Hellcat vehicles, this Durango begs to go fast from stoplight to stoplight. The supercharger whine is addictive, the issue being that when it sounds it’s best you’re going entirely too fast for public roads.
Is it Time to Write a Big Check?
If you want to get a 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat for yourself, you need to act very fast. This is a one year only vehicle, as an all-new redesigned Durango is coming out for the 2022 model year. Production will be limited as well, especially with the supply chain issues that the global pandemic has caused.
To find a dealer near you and/or build out your own dream Durango SRT Hellcat go to Dodge’s site HERE.