Dodge to Hellcat All The Things – Durango Edition

Eighteen seconds through the below Fast 9/Dodge commercial you can see what looks like a Durango fender with a Hellcat logo badge on it. And that is weird because there is no Durango Hellcat. There is a Durango SRT with the 6.4-liter naturally aspired V8 that makes 475 horsepower. I just drove one and I almost loved it – more on that soon.

But would Hellcat-ing a Durango be a good idea for Dodge?

Sure. Why not. The chassis can easily accommodate it. The drivetrain would be identical to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. Everything is already there. It’s basically a straight-up engine swap with the parts that are already available. I would go as far to say that marketing costs would surpass the engineering costs on this. And we all know that the RAM pickup with Hellcat power is coming, why not combine the efforts? And the aging Durango could sure use an injection of life into it.

The timing works great with the Fast 9 introduction, too. When the Hellcat Demon was introduced at the 2017 New York Auto Show, Vin Diesel was there to pull the cover off it. So why not repeat it? The New York Auto Show is on the second week of April this year – perfect timing.

Another reason to do this – why not send a great engine away in a great way? The Durango, Charger, and Challenger are all aging and will be replaced soon, or already should have been replaced. The days are numbered for huge V8 engines, especially supercharged ones. The fuel mileage these things get is eye-watering. Even the Durango SRT had trouble getting more than a dozen miles from a gallon when driven my way. That cannot be good for FCA’s Corporate Average Fuel Economy.

HELLCAT. ALL. THE. THINGS. While you still can…

This is a picture of the Durango SRT fender I drove recently. Looks similar, no?

Source: Road & Track

East Coast Editor. Races crappy cars and has an unhealthy obsession with Eastern Bloc cars. Current fleet: 4Runner, Integra, Regal, Lada

17 Comments

      1. It will be the first tape and stripe package Hellcat. A four cylinder, four speed automatic Hellcat! Oh but it will have decals, stripes, and paint galore.

          1. I’ve seen tubbed Gremlin’s. So why not have a production tubbed Fiat 500.

    1. Hey now that Pentastar is already pretty good. Wait I’ve got it. The Pacifca Hybrid Hellcat with the Hellcat motor pumping that power through the front wheels.

  1. There were two Hellcat-ed Durangos in last year’s One Lap. One directly from the FCA mothership itself gussied up as a police pursuit vehicle that I would bet is very similar to this, and another one from Canada (aptly called the Eh Team). Both were physics defying hilarious monsters to watch. We ended up gridded with the Eh Team more often than not and as you’d expect from stereotypical Canadians, they were ridiculously friendly and great fun to be around.

    But that Durango… exhaust note like the Incredible Hulk clearing his throat and it left the line like a watermelon seed squeezed between two fingers.

      1. My wife and I recently swapped cars. She is back to the Chevy Volt and I am driving the 2014 VW Jetta TDI. I mentioned while driving the family around “How come I get 33-40 mpg driving this car, but mommy only gets about 28 mpg?” My 8 year old daughter pipes up “Mommy is usually running late for school. “

  2. Oh hell yes that makes sense. I’ve driven the SRT Durango and it was good fun. I also drove the Trackhawk JGC the same day at a press event and that was wayyyy more fun, so I’m 100% in for a Hellcat Durango.

  3. I was thinking they might need a longer tail shaft but the wheelbase is actually slightly shorter than the Charger!

    You’d think that it would be mix and match, plug and play, but I bet they manage to overcomplicate a full validation process for what will be a small production run. Manufacturers don’t have much of a sense of humour about things like that.

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