Dodge is in the midst of its self-proclaimed “Speed ​​Week” and kicked off the first day with an appropriately quick announcement: 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat returns. You might not think there’s much of a difference between people looking for three rows of seats and those who love giant supercharged V8 engines, but try to keep an open mind! Watching large objects move at high speeds is a silly pastime that the Dodge excels at.

Durango SRT Hellcat by the numbers

The Durango SRT Hellcat was offered in 2021 as a one-year-only model, but it was so successful that Dodge had to increase the vehicle’s planned production run. During our testing we found Durango SRT Hellcat had plenty of going and stopping power, and its all-wheel-drive system put down staggering power better than its rear-wheel-drive counterparts, the Challenger and Charger.

We expect the same for the 2023 version, which comes with the same supercharged 6.2-liter V8 as its predecessor, making 710 horsepower and 645 lb-ft of torque. Power goes through an eight-speed TorqueFlite automatic transmission with paddle shifters. Dodge quotes a 0-60 mph time of 3.5 seconds and an NHRA-certified quarter-mile time of 11.5 seconds (we got 3.9 seconds and 12.1 seconds, respectively, in our testing of the 2021 model, with both numbers net), with a top speed of 180 mph.

Fortunately, Brembo brakes at all four corners also return to bring the work to a quick halt. A launch control system is also standard, accessible via a toggle switch in the cockpit. Using the system is necessary to cleanly cut off all the power of the Durango SRT Hellcat.

Other options

The 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat does add several available option packages that expand the SUV’s feature set. The Plus package adds high-performance Laguna leather seats, a trailer package, a power sunroof, and additional safety features. The Premium package includes all Plus features, plus red seat belts, carbon fiber interior accents, and a 19-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. A Blacktop package, which was offered on the 2021 model year, will also be available — adding a gloss black badge and mirror caps, as well as 20-inch black wheels.

Dodge has yet to announce pricing for the 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat, but the 2021 edition started at $82,490 (including destination charges), and we expect the new one to land in a similar spot.

Edmunds says

Do you need a Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat? Of course not. Is it fun though? It certainly is. We’re not sure how many Durango SRT Hellcat owners will frequent the drag strip, but if you want a family hauler that doubles as a muscle car, there’s no judging here.

https://www.edmunds.com/car-news/2023-dodge-durango-suv-srt-hellcat-returns.html

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