Since it introduced the Dodge Challenger Hellcat in 2014, a high-performance two-door muscle car, Fiat Chrysler has further refined the Hellcat's 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine and now uses it in a wide variety of other models.
The Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango share much of their engineering, but the Durango is longer and has a third row of seats. Dodge markets the Durango as the "muscle car of SUVs." It's already available in a sporty SRT version, minus the Hellcat name, with a 475 horsepower 6.4-liter V8.
In addition to all that power, the Durango SRT Hellcat's suspension has also been tuned for better track driving capability, according to Fiat Chrysler. Drivers can select Street, Sport and Track driving models. Steering feel, suspension settings, automatic gear shifting and all-wheel-drive behavior change in the different modes.
The Durango SRT Hellcat will have an eight-speed automatic transmission, though drivers will be able to shift gears for themselves, if they wish, using steering wheel paddles. The Hellcat SUV will be offered for the 2021 model year only, Fiat Chrysler announced. Orders will be taken this summer with the first SUVs being delivered in the fall. No pricing was announced.
At the same time that it unveiled the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, Fiat Chrysler also announced a number of other changes for the Durango.
The Durango hasn't been completely redesigned in a decade, a long time by auto industry standards, but it has received a number of upgrades and changes over that time. For the 2021 model year, Durango models will get a new interior designs, improvements to various technology features and some exterior changes, including new headlights.