The Durango SRT Hellcat is One of the Most Expensive Dodge’s Ever

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Dodge has this weird obsession with cramming Hellcat power into almost everything it possibly can. It’s not necessarily a bad thing, and we’d be lying if we said that we weren’t stoked to the Ram 1500 TRX or the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat. However, it’s becoming painfully clear that having Hellcat power isn’t for the weak of heart or for those with a small wallet. Case in point: The 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.

How Much Does the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Cost?

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Dodge has finally released pricing for the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, and it starts out at $80,995. That’s before options, taxes, registration, options, and delivery, among other things. That puts it at a premium of $49,230 over the entry-level RWD Durango SXT at an affordable $31,765. It also sits $1,400 over the cost of the recently announced Challenger SRT Super Stock and just shy of the now-discontinued Dodge Demon at $84,995. It should also be noted that it comes in just $12,000 shy of what would have paid for the 2017 Dodge Viper at $93,000 – a figure that also included destination charges and a $2,600 gas guzzler tax.

So, is the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat actually worth that $81,000 sticker price?

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Whether or not the Durango SRT Hellcat is actually worth it depends on who you ask. For what it’s worth, it’s still cheaper than the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhark, which retails from $87,400, but we need to look into what the Durango Hellcat brings to the table.

For $81,000, you’ll get 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque, which is enough to get the Durango up to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and to a top speed of 180 mph.

It’s damn impressive, really, and the Durango SRT Hellcat is the most powerful production SUV in the world. All that supercharged power is shunted exclusively to all four wheels, and it has a revised suspension system to improve responsiveness, grip, and reduce understeer. Dodge markets it as track-capable, and it even has a track mode, launch assist, and launch control. As you’d expect, braking is handled by race-inspired Brembo brakes.

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The Durango SRT Hellcat is an impressive all-around package, and it does give Dodge some bragging rights, however, I’m one of those people that doesn’t see a lot of purpose for such a vehicle. Towing capacity is rated at just 8,700 pounds, which really isn’t anything to write home about, and to be honest, I can think of a lot better vehicles to go and chuck around corners or bends on the track than a Durango. Furthermore, I see it as a ploy to keep the Durango relevant. Remember, the current Durango has been on the market since 2010 – the same song we can sing for cars like the Challenger and Charger. Yeah, it looks good, it goes fast, and handles well, but it’s also riding on 10-year-old technology, and all that power is pretty much pointless most of the time. Ram made the right move to hold off on the 1500 TRX until the next-gen model came out. Dodge should have done the same. If you buy the Durango, you’re buying an over-powered 10-year-old vehicle. Is it cool? Yes, but it’s also unnecessary and outdated.

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As a matter of perspective, you can buy a number of vehicles for the same or better money, and they’ll end up being a lot more capable on the track. Take a look at these models:

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Of course, you won’t have a 710-horsepower Hellcat engine under the hood, but every one of these cars are actually designed with spirited driving in mind – that’s something you can’t say for the Durango. What do you think? Is the novelty of owning a Durango SRT Hellcat worth the price?

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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