It only took Dodge three months to sell all 2,000 Durango SRT Hellcats in 2021, and it’s easy to see why. The Durango SRT Hellcat is a seven-seat family SUV with a supercharged V8 engine that produces a mind-boggling 710 horsepower. There are plenty of mega-powerful and ultra-expensive SUVs on the market, but the Durango SRT Hellcat has broken new ground.
If you missed out on the Durango SRT Hellcat build slots last year, Dodge has announced that its most powerful and fastest SUV will be relaunched in 2023, with the same blown V8 mill. “Muscle enthusiasts have families, and the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat can get those families where they want to go,” said Dodge CEO Tim Kuniskis.
Dodge has revised the build slots for the Durango SRT Hellcat if you ran out last year. It’s unusual for an American automaker to release a family SUV with NHRA-certified performance numbers, but that’s exactly what the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat is all about. According to the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA), it can accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds and complete the quarter-mile in 11.5 seconds, which is incredible for a factory-stock SUV. It also has a top speed of 180 mph.
The supercharged engine up front contributes significantly to the Durango SRT Hellcat’s desire for speed. It has a cast-iron block, a forged steel crankshaft, forged alloy pistons, aluminum alloy cylinder heads, and a twin-screw rotor, 2.38-liter supercharger that spins to 14,600 rpm. The end result is 710 horsepower and 645 pound-feet of torque delivered to all four wheels via a standard all-wheel drivetrain and a TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission.
Furthermore, the new Durango SRT Hellcat has launch control and a launch assist feature to ensure flawless dragstrip takeoffs. To handle any driving situation, the eight-speed transmission has steering-mounted paddle shifters (to engage manual-style driving) and seven driving modes (Auto, Sport, Track, Snow, Tow, Eco, and Valet). Hellcat-specific suspension and steering tuning for sportier handling help the cause.
Furthermore, the new Durango SRT Hellcat features launch control and a The 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat looks very similar to the previous variant. A cold-air intake scoop in the lower front bumper, a custom front grille, LED headlights with unique DRL markers, a sculpted hood, and SRT Hellcat fender badges are all standard. Meanwhile, it has customized 20-inch wheels, a functional rear spoiler (which generates 140 pounds of downforce at 180 mph), and Brembo brakes with six-piston (front) and four-piston (rear) calipers.
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Potential buyers could add more custom equipment by selecting from the available Plus and Premium packages. The former comes standard with Laguna leather upholstery, a power sunroof, and a slew of advanced driving aids. The Premium package also includes red seatbelts, a leather-wrapped instrument cluster, carbon fiber interior trim, and a Harman Kardon audio system with 19 speakers. Heated and ventilated Nappa leather/suede front seats, red-trimmed gauges, and a 10.1-inch Uconnect infotainment touchscreen are also standard.