2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat - Driven
Until 2020, the Dodge Durango was a family SUV with a sporty side to it. It came with a V-8 engine that churned out enough power to fulfill the adrenaline rush while also serving as a practical utility vehicle. For the 2021 model, however, Dodge upped the ante. As part of its process to plonk in the Hellcat engine in every product in its portfolio, the automaker transformed the Durango into a beast incarnate that just can’t be tamed. On paper, the Durango SRT Hellcat is now the most powerful production SUV. It can sprint to 60 mph from a standstill in 3.5 seconds. Isn’t that a wonderful and frightening sight at the same time?
The Dodge Intrepid Was a Stealthily Disguised Mitsubishi 3000 GT With the Engine in the Middle
Before embracing the muscle car vibe, Dodge was all about making a halo car able to compete with and even outdo the Corvette. While the fruit of the labor of Dodge’s skunkworks ended up being a front-engined, rear-wheel-drive gorilla of a car that’s glorified even almost 30 years after its launch, the story could’ve been entirely different if a largely forgotten concept from 1988 had been given the upper hand. That concept was the Intrepid.
This 2,000HP Dodge Viper Is Stupid Fast
Power is great, but just how much power is enough? Apparently, there is no such thing, as one of YouTube’s go-to racing channels – “That Racing Channel” (TRC) – gives us a ride-along in one very fast Dodge Viper. This isn’t just any Viper, as you will find out below. As usual, we get the story behind the car, how the owner got it, and what’s been done to it. Spoiler alert: there are some pretty crazy facts about this particular snake.
5 Alternatives to the Dodge Demon That Will Fill The Void
By now, many of us motoring enthusiasts have heard the sad news about the Dodge Hellcat and Demon. The SRT department has long cemented its reputation as the creator of some of the most outrageous, awesome, zero f***s given muscle cars and the Demon was the last and most powerful of them all. For around $85,000, you got a 9-second car with over 800 horsepower that can do wheelies. Who does that? All good things must come to an end, however, as stricter emission regulations bring an end to big supercharged V-8 engines. With this in mind, here are some alternatives to the tire-shredding unholy creation. If you’re a Dodge fan, you might want to stick until the end, for this one.
Here’s the Next-Generation Dodge Viper That Will Probably Never Exist
It’s been four years since Dodge discontinued the Viper and we’re still hoping that the nameplate will return soon. The Viper was unlike any other American car. It featured a sleek and powerful design, a massive V-10 engine under the hood, and delivered outstanding performance on both the road and track. Dodge isn’t planning on reviving it but the Viper is still getting a lot of love. And someone even went as far as to design a sixth-generation model from scratch. And it looks like a superb successor to Dodge’s already iconic sports car.
SpeedKore’s Dodge Charger Hellraiser Is Built For Kevin Hart
It has been a while since we last heard about SpeedKore and in a way, the whole waiting paid off. The Wisconsin-based custom shop that used to delight our eyes at SEMA has been brewing something over the past months and now it is finally out. Meet the SpeedKore Dodge Charger Hellraiser built specifically for comedian and actor Kevin Hart.
Dodge Prepares The World For The Death of Supercharged V-8 Performance
The days of Dodge’s supercharged, 6.2-liter V-8 engine are numbered, says company CEO Tim Kuniskis, who predicts that the infamous Hellcat models won’t be around for long. But while V-8 power is slowly dying due to tightening fuel economy requirements, muscle cars won’t disappear altogether. Kuniskis predicts that electrification will bring a new "golden age of muscle cars" upon us.
Someone Seriously Put a Dodge Challenger Hellcat On Buggy Wheels
YouTubers are known to do some pretty silly stuff in order to rack up followers, or simply to entertain their existing audience. That said, what sometimes seems downright stupid, occasionally gives us answers to questions we never knew we wanted to ask, or simply wouldn’t dare test for ourselves. US-based YouTuber WhistlingDiesel decided to see how usable a 700+ horsepower muscle car can be if you change the sticky rubber with buggy wheels.
2021 Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye - Driven
The current Dodge Charger has been on the market since 2011 and, while it is getting a little long in the tooth, Dodge has continuously found ways to keep it interesting. It didn’t go so far as to make a Charger Demon to match the widely loved Challenger Demon, but it certainly came close with the car you see here – the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye – a 797-horsepower monster of a car that’s capable of standing down some of the world’s finest sports cars with nothing but some good old fashioned American muscle. Being such a powerful sedan, we’ve been curious about just what it can offer and whether or not near-800 horsepower puts it out family car segment altogether. We got to spend a week with it, and this is what we’ve learned.
People Are Going Crazy Over The 2021 Dodge Durango Hellcat
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.
This Dodge Viper GTS Looks Amazing With Japanese DNA Blended In
When it comes to aftermarket-modified Toyota Supras (I’m obviously talking about the fourth-generation A80 model), you won’t find a more extreme aero kit than Abflug’s S900. In typical Abflug fashion, the S900 turns the Supra MkIV into an aggressive-looking monster that you definitely don’t want to see in your rear-view mirror. But what happens when you use the S900 kit on a Dodge Viper? Well, things become even hotter.
The Dodge Viper Has Returned to Racing
Dodge’s Viper, arguably Lee Iaccoca’s biggest gift to gearheads ever, has been seen racing on the world’s race tracks for almost three decades and, although the last road-legal Viper rolled off the production line in 2017, its race-bred namesake is still homologated for racing in the GT3 category which is why famed German tuner and race entrant Zakspeed decided to give the Viper one more shot of proving itself in a 24-hour race next January as it will contest the annual 24 Hours of Dubai.
We’re Pretty Sure This Dumb Dodge Charger Driver is a Former Ford Mustang Driver
Stupid drivers know no bounds, and they certainly don’t favor one muscle car over another. Take this nincompoop, for example. Driving a camouflaged Dodge Charger SRT 392 at a car gathering in Houston, the driver decides to demonstrate his burnout skills in front of a gathered crowd.
That kind of stunt normally ends in one of two ways. He either pulls off the burnout to the delight of the adoring crowd or something goes horribly wrong and he’s left with more than pee down his trousers. Unfortunately, it’s the latter. Just as he attempts his burnout, the driver loses control of the Charger SRT 392 and crashes into a gathered crowd, taking a few bystanders along the way. Fortunately, no one got seriously hurt, and to the delight of Ford, it wasn’t a Mustang that ended up being on the short end of this YouTube lowlight.
Mopar Reveals New 807-Horsepower Hellcrate Redeye Supercharged HEMI Crate Engine
FCA’s crate engine lineup is steadily growing with the addition of some tasteful mills. The group’s parts and accessories division, Mopar, unveiled the most powerful version of the Hellcat engine that can be plonked into any vehicle of your choice.
Dubbed as the Hellcrate Redeye crate engine, this 6.2-liter V-8 mill will dish out 807 ponies and 717 pound-feet of torque. Could it BE any better? (high five if you read that in Chandler Bing’s voice!)
Jay Leno Drives the Awesome 1996 Dodge Viper GTS
Introduced back in 1992, the Dodge Viper remained on the market until 2017, with short breaks from 2006 to 2008 and 2010 to 2013. One of the coolest U.S.-built sports cars, the Viper was discontinued for good in 2017 due to poor sales but mostly because it was unable to comply with new safety regulations. But while the car is dead, the legend lives on and the Viper still enjoys a cult following.
Jay Leno is a big fan of the V-10-powered Dodge and owns not one, but two early Vipers. And he just showcased his 1996 Viper GTS, one of the first coupes built.
If 700 Horsepower Isn’t Enough, Hennessey Can Bost Your Dodge Durrango to 1000+ Horsepower
After coming up with the 6x6 version of the world’s fastest and quickest production pickup truck, the Ram 1500 TRX, there was a lot of curiosity surrounding Hennessey’s next project. As it turns out, the company chose the world’s most powerful production SUV this time to give it a typical Hennessey twist. The aftermarket company has announced that it will be coming up with a 1,000-plus-horsepower iteration of the 2021 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat.
The 2020 Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock Is Actually Very Low Stock
Just like the Demon, the Challenger Super Stock was built with the drag strip in mind. There are some quintessential differences between the two, but one of them stands out more than the others.
As things stand right now, the Super Stock is going to be way more limited than the Demon, at least as far as the 2020MY is concerned.
Ricky Bobby Returns to Our Lives in New Dodge Commercial
Ricky Bobby is back, folks. Sort of. The star of Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby now has his own Dodge commercial. Ok, so it’s not really Will Ferrell reprising his role as the GOAT of all NASCAR drivers, but the commercial does star Bobby during his childhood in 1981 where, apparently, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat also exists.
His childhood friend, Cal Naughton Jr., is also in the commercial, even though it’s also the childhood version of the character played by John C. Reilly. The “Shake” to Bobby’s “Bake” can be seen driving a Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock. Bobby’s father, Reese Bobby (played by Gary Cole), is also in the commercial — he’s the only one reprising role — driving a Dodge Durango Hellcat.
1966 Dodge Charger
The Dodge Charger was Chrysler Corporation’s more luxurious response to the Mustang, billed as a mid-size fastback coupe similar in size and shape to the AMC Marlin. It was based on the Coronet but shared none of its visuals and spawned a number of super quick versions that tortured just about any early Mustangs.
The year was 1966 when Dodge finally joined the fastback muscle car party with the Charger. It was based on the B-body platform and was previewed in an ad that ran during that year’s Rose Bowl which talked about the new "Leader of the Dodge Rebellion."
The original Charger was a more refined coupe sitting just under the personal luxury category dominated by Ford’s T-Bird. That’s why performance wasn’t paramount from the get-go although the 426 Hemi engine was duly available. Also, Dodge quickly put the Charger on the track in the Nascar series, the car winning the 1966 NASCAR Grand National championship with driver David Pearson.
Future Dodge SRT Hellcat Models Will Be Electrified
FCA has let the cat out of the bag, showcasing the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat, and the Challenger SRT Super Stock. The latter, by the way is now the world’s quickest and most powerful muscle car (according to FCA, of course) while the new Charger Hellcat is the fastest and most powerful sedan you’ll find anywhere. Now, in an exclusive interview with Motor1, Tim Kuniskis, has come right out and said that electrification will play a role in the company’s future sporty cars.
What is the Cheapest Dodge?
The Dodge Journey wears the crown for cheapest in the Dodge lineup with a starting price of just $22,995, which isn’t a bad price for a midsized crossover. Of course, Dodge couldn’t charge much for the Journey as it went into production back in 2008 and has never seen a real redesign since. Dodge has a bad habit of letting models live longer than they should, and the Journey is a prime example of this. While it might be the cheapest and will get the job done, the chassis underneath is old and outdated, as is the technology inside. Be that as it may, Dodge still managed to move nearly 100,000 examples of the Journey last year, which really isn’t bad for an 11-year-old design in the grand scheme of things.
What is the Sportiest Dodge?
Believe it or not, the Charger, Challenger, and Durango are all sporty in their own right, and all three can take home the trophy for being the sportiest. The Charger is the brand’s only sedan offering and, if you’re into sedans, you’ll find that it’s a pretty sporty proposition for something that starts below $20,000. It’s definitely sportier than comparable offerings from Ford and Chevy. The Challenger is our personal favorite and is a pretty sporty coupe with a lot of muscle car DNA built in. The Dodge Durango is a prime example of what a sporty SUV is supposed to look like, and it can even be had with a 5.7-liter HEMI V-8.
What is the Most Popular Dodge?
Dodge’s most popular model is the Dodge Grand Caravan, with sales totaling 151,927 for all of 2018, with the second best seller being the Journey (yes the one that it seems nobody still buys). If you add the sales of the Charger (around 80,000 for 2018) and the Challenger (around 66,000 for 2018) they wouldn’t match the high sales number of the Grand Caravan. Part of the Caravan’s success, however, is the fact that it’s used largely by municipalities and is also great for customization for handicap drivers.
What is the Most Expensive Dodge?
With the Dodge Viper no longer in the lineup, Dodge’s most expensive model is the Challenger SRT Hellcat Redeye Widebody. It is powered by the same 6.2-liter HEMI V-8 but delivers 797 Horsepower and 707 pound-feet of torque. It’s the closest you can get to the now sold-out Dodge Demon and commands an entry price of $77,945. That’s $43,000 more than the entry-level Challenger. If you’re interested in sedans, the most expensive Charger is the SRT Hellcat with 707 horsepower and an entry price of $67,495.
What is the Fastest Dodge?
The Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat is actually, somehow, 1 mph faster than the Challenger Hellcat Redeye with a claimed top speed of 204 mph. Be that as it may, the Challenger Hellcat Redeye is able to hit 60 mph in 3.4 seconds and run a 10.8-second quarter-mile straight off the production line. If that’s not fast enough for you, then you shouldn’t be looking at an American car company to quench your thirst for speed.
Are Dodges Reliable?
How reliable a Dodge really is varies greatly depending on who you ask. According to JD Power, Dodge is ranked No. 29 in the U.S. out of all major automakers, beating out only Fiat, Land Rover, and Volvo. According to JD Power, Dodge has been found to have 178 problems per 100 vehicles built. On the other hand, Repair Pal ranks that Dodge brand with a four out of five rating, or No. 15 out of 32 car brands. According to that outlet, the average cost of repair is $580, which is $51 below average, while the frequency of unexpected repairs comes down to 0.3 times per year, 0.1 times below average. 13 percent of all unscheduled repairs for Dodge models is considered severe. So, as you can see, there are polarizing opinions.