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Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat Is Back For 2023 With New Colors

HotCars 11/13/2022 Julybien Atadero
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The arrival of a new era of electrification isn’t just hurting high-powered cars. In fact, electrification is killing them, with carmakers seeing the current shift as both strategic and long term. Soon, customers would be saying goodbye to some of the most powerful engines on earth, including the iconic Hellcat V8 engine from Dodge.

Stellantis has confirmed the impending death of the Hellcat V8 engine. The reason isn’t performance, as Hellcat-powered Dodge muscles can still keep up with some of the world’s quickest. The reason might be rising fuel and compliance cost, it is most likely the predicted shift in customer preference in the near future.

Interestingly, Dodge is giving the Hellcat V8 mill a new yet short lease on life. This doesn’t just apply to its Challenger coupe and Charger sedan muscles, but also to its beloved Durango. Dodge is bringing the Durango SRT Hellcat back to the market for the 2023 model, thereby giving the super SUV another shot at road stardom.

While the 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat boasts the same monstrosity as the previous model, it will arrive in the market available in more colors and a plethora of related contents that customers would want in their muscle SUV.

Reviving The Durango SRT Hellcat In 2023

As Dodge remains silent on the electric replacement for the Durango, the brand is taking advantage of the SUV’s popularity among fans and customers. Durango’s lineup for the 2023 model year carries six models – SXT, GT, R/T, Citadel, SRT 392, and the SRT Hellcat. Two of these models are receiving the SRT treatment, allowing them to deliver greater dynamics on the road than their four other siblings.

Among these Durango models, the SRT Hellcat comes as a ‘surprise’ returnee. Dodge had never meant the Durango SRT Hellcat to go beyond the 2022 model year, as the brand intended the super SUV as a one-year wonder to keep its legendary and exclusive status intact. The Durango SRT Hellcat was just a 2021 model that wouldn’t see another year in production.

As it turned out, Dodge never expected the Durango SRT Hellcat to become too popular. It might have underestimated the fascination of adrenaline-loving people for such a muscular offering. Even though Dodge had sold the 2021 Durango SRT Hellcat out, interested customers keep knocking on its doors for a revival of the super SUV.

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Same Hellcat Engine With Same Road Dynamics

Eventually, Dodge succumbed to the demand and pressure and soon started fretting that the Durango SRT Hellcat is making a comeback for the 2023 model year. But this is just part of the story, as the impending death of the Hellcat V8 engine is giving customers a stronger reason to grab a 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat.

The contents and elements of the 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat are same those in the 2021 model. The core of these elements is the supercharged 6.2-liter Hemi Hellcat V-8 engine that could deliver 710 hp of max output and 645 lb.-ft. of peak torque. Power distribution remains in the domain of a TorqueFlite 8HP95 eight-speed automatic transmission with steering-wheel-mounted paddles for manual-style shifting.

There are no changes in its performance numbers, as 2023 Dodge Durango SRT Hellcat still zooms from 0 to 60 mph in around 3.5 seconds. It can complete a quarter-mile sprint in a National Hot Rod Association (NHRA)-certified time of 11.5 seconds. Top speed is at 180 mph.

Four New Shades For 2023 Dodge Durango

Dodge is also offering optional packages to allow customers to personalize their 2023 Durango SRT Hellcat. One of these is the Plus Package for the SRT Hellcat that includes high-performance Laguna leather seats, Trailer-tow Group, a power sunroof, as well as adaptive and advanced safety features

LIkewise, available for the Durango SRT Hellcat is the Premium Package, which builds on the Plus Package and adds red seatbelts, a leather-wrapped instrument panel, carbon fiber interior accents, as well as a Harman Kardon 19-speaker sound system.

As for the exterior colors for the Durango SRT Hellcat, Dodge is offering eight shades, four of which are entirely new for 2023. Making their comeback and are available from the start are DB Black, Destroyer Gray, Octane Red, and White Knuckle. Four new colors are available later: Frostbite, Night Moves, Red Oxide, and Triple Nickel.

Inside the tech-laden Durango SRT Hellcat, the customer can choose from these interior color schemes: Black, Black/Light Frost, Black/Radar Red, Black/Vitra Gray, Black/Ebony Red, and Black/Demonic Red. Durango Citadel, SRT 392 and SRT Hellcat models come with three rows of seating, with standard second-row captain’s chairs and six-passenger seating.

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Easter Eggs Inside All Durango SRT Models

According to Dodge, all Durango SRT models feature distinct appearance elements and Easter eggs, including a unique SRT “Smoke Show” start-up animation, and a Climate control page with Dodge stripe adjustable climate control icon and “Mode person” with race helmet.

Moreover, all SRT models now employ a unique Serpentine font throughout the Durango display system, with the vehicle icon on the home page featuring Durango graphic with SRT logo. In addition, SRT Performance Pages now provide information on vehicle performance.

Furthermore, the Configurable Drive Modes now provide more vehicle control while drivers can use the Race Options to activate, deactivate and even adjust the rpm numbers for Launch Control and Shift Light features.

Source: Stellantis

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