2021 Dodge/SRT Lineup – World’s Quickest, Most Powerful Muscle Cars. In an age of fuel efficiency, hybridization and full-electric cars entering the lineup every time you refresh your web browser, Dodge decided to take a completely different path. The year 2021 is the year of the supercharger for SRT-badged Dodge products, with three new products coming: the Dodge Challenger SRT Super Stock, the Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat Redeye and the Dodge Durango Hellcat.
Let’s tackle this list in inverse horsepower order, which means we’ll start with the 710-hp, 645-lb-ft of torque Dodge Durango Hellcat. This is the first three-row Hellcat, the Durango. And that means an all-wheel-drive, three-row SUV with a claimed 0-60-mph time of 3.5 seconds, a quarter-mile ET of 11.5 and a top speed of 180 mph. But, frankly, all of that pales in comparison to the fact that, as long as you get the Tow n Go package, this is the first Hellcat that can tow 8,700 pounds.
Placing the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 in the Durango required retuning the suspension. Dodge also added Brembo brakes with six-piston calipers clamping on 15.75-inch rotors in front and four piston calipers on 13.8-inch rotors in back. And, for fun as much as anything, in back, you see Dodge installed 4-inch exhaust outlets. Furthermore, the exhaust system has an X-pipe ahead of the mufflers to make a for throaty sounding note.
You’ll notice a redesigned, more aggressive-looking front end as well, with nostrils and scoops feeding air to the ever-hungry V8. Dodge also updated the interior across the lineup, including a 10.1-inch center console screen, up from 8.4 inches, wireless smartphone charging and updated Uconnect system.
But perhaps the craziest part of the Durango Hellcat is that it’s only available for 2021. There are specific evaporative emissions regulations coming for model year 2022 that only affect Durango Hellcat. Dodge simply cannot build it after 2021. Which means, no matter what, fewer than 2,000 Durango Hellcats will be built. Future collector’s item? You bet.
Up next is the Dodge Charger Hellcat Redeye. Yup. 797 hp and 707 lb-ft of torque for your full-size family sedan. Dodge claims a 10.6-second run down the drag strip, with 129 mph reading on the speedometer when you do it. If you have more than a quarter-mile—like, you know, a lot more—the Charger will hit 203 mph. Dodge claims the first 60 mph goes by in around 3.5 seconds. It’s worth pointing out: This is rear-wheel drive, not all-wheel like the Durango.
The Charger Hellcat Redeye gets the Widebody and runs 305 section width tires, which is a foot wide. Those tires will wrap around 20-inch-diameter, 11-inch-wide wheels, which I’m sure you’ll agree look spiffy. If, for whatever reason, you cannot get the Redeye, the standard Charger Hellcat gets a horsepower bump to 717 ponies—a 10-hp increase that I’m sure you’ll totally notice from the last year. That’s a 1.4% increase in power!
Adding two doors to the Redeye will only make it easier to impress more friends every time you offer a ride. Sounds worth it to me.
And yes, that means the Challenger SRT Super Stock is the most powerful model coming in 2021 with 807 hp coming from its version of the supercharged 6.2-liter V8 and eight-speed transmission powertrain. The extra power when compared to the Redeye comes from a slightly higher 6,400-rpm shift speed. Think of the Super Stock as a more street-friendly version of the Demon. That 807 hp is produced on pump gas. And the suspension allows for daily-driving ease.
That said, you’ll still want to take it to the drag strip. Tires on the Super Stock are 315/40R-18 NT05R drag radials on all four-corners. The shock absorbers are adjustable Bilsteins. That allows 0-60 mph to go by in 3.25 seconds and take just 10.5 seconds to eclipse a quarter-mile, edging out the slightly more aerodynamic Charger Hellcat Redeye.
There is not a trans-lock setting on this car, but there is a line-lock. That means you can engage just the front brakes and roast the rear tires to warm them up for a run. You also get launch control to help you maximize torque to the pavement once the Christmas tree goes green.
The SRT Super Stock is actually a 2020 model year Dodge that will be available later this summer. And deliveries are expected this fall.
Dodge did not release prices or fuel economy for any of these cars, but we expect the Durango Hellcat price tag to start with a seven, and both the Charger Hellcat Redeye and Challenger SRT Super Stock to start with an eight. As for fuel economy, well, it won’t be good. But I cannot imagine prospective buyers really care.
That’s 2,314 horses spread across just three new products. 2021 is going to be fun.
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