FCA is ramping up the production of this beast incarnate

When Dodge launched the Durango’s 710-horsepower alter-ego, it took the auto world by storm. The automaker made it clear that it would be a limited-run model and production for the same would last for just six months. But, thanks to the crazy demand for this three-row monster, Dodge has decided to extend the production timeframe before taking the model off the assembly lines in June 2021, according to Mopar Insiders.

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Dodge unveiled the Durango SRT Hellcat alongside the 2021 Challenger Super Stock and the 2021 Charger Hellcat Redeye in July 2020. While nothing related to its production was announced at that time, Muscle Cars and Trucks reported that according to the company, this performance SUV will be in production only for six months.

Timothy Kuniskis, Dodge’s CEO, said, “[The Durango Hellcat] is not limited, not serialized like what we do with [Dodge Demon], but we’re only building them for six months. With all of the changes we made in the plant to come back up (to production) post-COVID with the sequencing and spacing in the plant, it’s changed the number we can build… I don’t have an actual number but it will be less than 2,000. I don’t how much less than 2,000. It will be determined by customer demand and how much we can build in that six-month period.”

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The latest scoop by Mopar Insiders, citing dealer sources, suggests that the production will be on till June 2021 and will be pumped up to cater to the high demand.

The production at the Jefferson North Assembly Plant in Michigan will be increased which means we’ll probably have well over 2,000 examples of the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.

The Durango SRT Hellcat comes with a 6.2-liter, V-8 HEMI engine mated to a 2.38-liter supercharger. It dishes out 710 and 645 pound-feet of twist. Power is sent to all the wheels via a TorqueFlite eight-speed automatic transmission.

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Dodge even developed a special cooling circuit that includes a water pump, coolant reservoir, and a heat exchanger, and it helps keep the intake air temperatures below 140 degrees Fahrenheit. The SUV sprints to 60 mph in just 3.5 seconds and has a top speed of 180 mph. It also comes with Race-inspired Brembo brakes, launch control and launch assist, seven different drive modes, a front splitter, front grille with larger openings for airflow, etc.

It is priced at $80,995, but equipping it with various packages and accessories will push it over the six-digit price tag.
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Despite the steep sticker price, the Durango SRT Hellcat seems to have a lot of buyers. Dodge is not averse to producing limited-production models, with the 840-horsepower Challenger SRT Demon being one of them. The automaker built 3,300 examples of the same in its one-year production run. Do you think Dodge will produce a higher number for the Durango SRT Hellcat, or will it turn out to be rarer than the muscle car? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat specifications
Type and Description 90-degree V-type, liquid-cooled
Displacement, cu. in. (cu. cm.) 376 cu. in. (6,166 cu. cm.)
Bore x Stroke 4.09 x 3.58 (103.9 x 90.9)
Valve System Pushrod-operated overhead valves, 16 valves with sodium-filled exhaust valves and hollow stem intake valves, 16 conventional hydraulic lifters, all with roller tips
Fuel Injection Sequential, multiport, electronic, returnless; Fuel Saver mode
Construction Deep-skirt cast-iron block with cross-bolted main bearing caps, aluminum alloy heads with hemispherical combustion chambers
Compression Ratio 9.5:1
Power 710 bhp (529 kW) @ 6,100 rpm
Torque 640 lb.-ft. (637 N•m) @ 4,300 rpm
0 to 60 mph 3.5 seconds
Top Speed 180 mph
Quarter mile 11.5 seconds

Source: Mopar Insiders

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Sidd Dhimaan
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Sidd joined the Topspeed.com team in 2017 as an intern and in less than a year he earned a full-time position as an associate editor and junior automotive expert. He is currently our pickup truck expert and focuses his attention on heavy-duty and off-road vehicles.  Read full bio
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