For 2021, 5 Fiat Chrysler fashions will boast obtainable Hellcat energy. However just for 2021.
The just lately unveiled Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat, with its supercharged 6.2-liter V8, can solely legally exist for one 12 months earlier than new EPA emissions guidelines come into impact for 2022. The constrained lifespan means the Durango Hellcat is destined to be a comparatively uncommon journey all the time. And entering into one will carry a steep premium over the earlier top-dog mannequin, the SRT 392.
In revealing its 2021 Durango pricing Wednesday, FCA dropped fairly a variety — from $31,765 (earlier than vacation spot) for the bottom, rear-drive SXT V6 mannequin, to the brand new pinnacle: the $80,995 SRT Hellcat.
Boasting 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque, the musclebound motor hustles the biggish midsizer to 60 mph in 3.5 seconds. Huge Brembo brakes ensures it grinds to a halt in an affordable distance after the brand new proprietor makes an attempt to realize its drag-limited high velocity (180 mph). Steely nerves will dictate simply how briskly an proprietor pitches this factor right into a nook.
Ridiculous? Foolish? Maybe, however FCA is aware of that it’ll promote. Plus, it should assist draw eyes to a really aged mannequin that began manufacturing in its present guise in December 2010. It generates bragging rights for FCA, too.
It’s additionally a cool 18 grand pricier than the second-place entry, the SRT 392 — and that mannequin is greater than 12 grand steeper than the third-most costly mannequin, the Citadel AWD.
Whereas this specific unibody Durango’s brawn shouldn’t be in dispute, the mannequin sees competitors of types from inside its circle of relatives. Positive, patrons would possibly choose to take a look at a Hellcat-powered Charger sedan or Challenger coupe, however the 707 hp Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk stays within the secure for power-crazed SUV patrons. No less than for now (the mannequin’s manufacturing facility switches to a brand new era halfway by 2021). And the looks of a Ram 1500 TRX pickup containing a 702-horse Hellcat motor is an fascinating proposition for the driving force who would possibly at some point need to enterprise very far off-road.
It’s additionally 11 grand cheaper.
Regardless, the Durango SRT Hellcat will little question discover keen patrons earlier than disappearing simply as shortly because it appeared.
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