On paper, the new Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat and the Jeep Grand Cherokee are very similar vehicles, notably being able to reach 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 180 miles per hour . However, the FCA is not concerned about the similarities that deter buyers of the Durango hot rod.
“The real goal of Durango Hellcat was that it was a muscle car feeling (compared to the Trackhawk) – more Dodge than Jeep,” said Tim Kuniskis, head of passenger cars at the FCA. Muscle Cars & Trucks. “The (Trackhawk) doesn’t want to be noisy and in front like a Jeep client. The Dodge Durango Hellcat is noisy and in front.”
The Dodge team also made sure to give the Durango SRT Hellcat an exhaust that Kuniskis described as “strong”, “unpleasant” and “great” for Muscle Cars & Trucks. The SUV also looks decently nasty with the more aggressive front end and the wide stripes.
Exclusivity is a factor that Kuniskis does not address, but should differentiate the Dodge and Jeep powered by Hellcat. The Durango SRT Hellcat is only available for a single model year, at least according to the automaker’s plan at the moment. In comparison, the Trackhawk has existed since the 2018 model year.
There are probably a lot of people out there who are attracted to owning a limited-edition muscle SUV. Especially since the Durango SRT Hellcat can do a little bit of everything, cover the quarter mile in 11.5 seconds and tow 8700 pounds.
Deliveries of the Durango SRT Hellcat begin in early 2021. The company is not debating the price yet, but we estimate the figure at more than $ 80,000. For reference, the 2020 Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk sells for $ 87,400.