Dodge Goes Against the Grain: Increases Production of Durango SRT Hellcat
We should take everything we hear online about auto manufacturers transitioning to an all-electric future with a grain of salt. We don’t need that negativity in our life! If there is one auto brand we can count on to deliver us the goods we all want, it seems to be Dodge. They’ve stepped up in the past year to show us no, the V8 is certainly not going extinct and we’re going add it to more of our vehicles and increase the horsepower output.
Well, in an effort to keep up with that streak, Dodge decided to reveal their true colors, and it’s the news we all needed to hear today. They’re increasing the output of the Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat by a whopping 50 percent, which is great news if you wanted to purchase one before they quickly sold out. The SUV to this point has been a hit, but could it be due to them only building 2,000 of them?
We typically want something we can’t have, so that might have something to do with it. However, it could also have something to do with the 710 horsepower V8 and its ability to haul the frozen food home without worrying about it thawing out. Did we mention, you can have the kids, dog, and your spouse along for the ride as well? Yeah, this thing is a monster; that’s why people want it.
Despite the hefty price tag of $83,160, people are buying it, and it’s likely because Dodge is offering a V8, unlike the competition, along with what we mentioned above. Dodge announced last month they were planning to increase production, but they made that number clear – 1,000 more Durango SRT Hellcats.
Muscle Cars and Trucks had the opportunity to interview Dodge sales head, Matt McAlear, and he’s on the record saying “we were able to do some optimization at the plants, we had sold orders in the dealer system. There won’t be a ’22 model year so we wanted to take advantage of the situation where we could.”
Fox Auto News also reached out to Dodge and confirmed the story that a 50 percent increase in production will be achieved despite the many hurdles auto manufacturers face in the current climate. Chip shortages remain the most significant barrier to auto production, which is evident by the lack of new cars on sales lots lately.
According to the same report from Fox Auto News, the Durango SRT Hellcat won’t be offered in 2022 due to stricter emission standards that will go into effect, meaning the Durango could end up becoming rarer than the 808 horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Demon, which only saw 3,300 produced for the United States and Canada.
The time is now if you put off buying one of these mega-potent SUVs capable of achieving 0-60 in 3.5 seconds, hit a top speed of 187 mph, and tow up to 8,700 pounds. If you strike out on the Durango, you’ll still have the opportunity to purchase a Ram 1500 TRX next year, but we know how quickly things can change. Get out there and support the V8!